Malcolm Holcombe 'To Drink The Rain' Music Road

Something of an old hand after several albums. Holcombe has again brought his craggy well-lived in voice and philosophical song into the public domain. Those acquainted with Holcombe's previous work will be again happy have more of it to make their own. That he has been able to continue making albums, mostly on different labels, is something to be thankful for, especially when they are as good as this. Here he is backed by a collection of sympathetic players such as Dave Roe and is produced by Jared Tyler. The setting is largely acoustic and natural with subtle playing that allows the fiddle, upright bass, unobtrusive drums, dobro and acoustic guitar the space to make an understated but rich musical tapestry. This is obvious on the bluegrass tinged Behind The Number One or Down In The Woods. Comes The Blues draws from another well, one that Holcombe's voice and musical direction accommodates easily, a slow talking blues. He is a songwriter and singer much praised by the likes of Lucinda Williams and Mary Gauthier both of whom write their songs from a very personal and also observational viewpoint and using a blend of roots music to make them believable. Becky's Blessed is a compassionate portrait of another person humanity. Those Who Wander is typically understanding of the rover and their restlessness. Where I Don't Belong continues that theme in a striking uptempo setting. Reckon To The Wind is more reflective but equally memorable. The closing song sums up Malcolm Holcombe. One Man Singin' closes what may be one of his finest albums, one that fans will enjoy and those who have never discovered Holcombe before will find some new music that will make an impression that will last.