A brilliant debut CD from a young guitar star from Nashville! Danny Combs is a terrific player/composer and receiving GREAT reviews!!!
Danny Combs “Guitar Out Front” Solid Air Records 2008
Danny Combs is an Asheville, NC native with a passion for teaching
guitar and writing finger-style music. His debut CD on Solid Air Records is called
“Guitar Out Front”. The CD contains 14 original finger-style guitar
songs with an intimate, passionate and intriguing style. It is hard to compare Danny Combs guitar style with someone else, as he has definitively an own fine signature.
All cuts on this CD are played with skilled techniques, dedication and
passion. Danny loves to bend the strings in mostly fast cuts like “After
The Storm”, “Scrapyard Picker”, “Here We Go”, Drake's Theme and
“Koa”. An appealing Celtic cut called “Bartholomew's Jig” and moving
ballads like “Contemplation”, “On The Third Day”, “Baby Steps” and
“Going to Kansas” are touching ones soul. A wonderful CD from an
amazing talented guitarist.
Henk te Veldhuis
Bridge Guitar Reviews
The CITY PAPER Nashville
Guitar Out Front
Nashville guitarist Danny Combs has already made his mark in the area as an instructor and also an active participant in music ministry at St. Bartholomew’s Church. His current CD spotlights Combs’ proficiency as an acoustic stylist, particularly as a finger-style exponent.
The 14 instruments vary from introspective and country-flavored tunes to traditional works like “Bartholomew’s Jig” or “Going To Kansas.” He is comfortable in any genre, and while clearly a master technician, isn’t interested in dazzling via speed or intricacy.
Instead, Combs emphasizes melodic development, pacing and grabbing listeners through complete presentation rather than flashes and fireworks. But he also includes the tuning patterns for each number, enabling those who want to chronicle the musical structure a chance to appreciate his playing as much as those attracted simply because of its lyrical charm and beauty.
Danny Combs "Guitar Out Front," 2008 Debut albums can sometimes receive kind notices, with reviewers not wanting to crush the spirit of an aspiring
and developing musician. For Danny Combs' debut "Guitar Out Front" on Solid Air Records (a notable achievement
to start), kindness isn't necessary; it's just a fine record and stands on its own. With clear and precise
playing and finely crafted melodies, Combs captures the essence of modern fingerstyle songcraft. With a
background in classical guitar, Combs releases his steel string in open tunings, allowing the extra ringing
quality to hang in the air, with musical depth dropping from the notes. One song that reflects this is the
final cut, "Going to Kansas", that takes the listener on a journey slow enough to enjoy but not too slow to
want to get off. The jaunty "Here We Go" uses descending chord progressions to effectively emphasize movement
and hope. Many of the songs have a slow, contemplative air, like "Contemplation", "Cedar Creek", and "Baby Steps".
Bent strings and hammer-ons punctuate the solid melody on "Contemplation". "Stained Glass" is a bit darker
in color than most of the songs on the CD, but its melody is riveting and entangles the listener. Celtic
flavors in DADGAD tuning touch the upbeat "Bartholomew's Jig". Combs shows some well-groomed chops on this
debut CD, the recording is top notch, and anyone who likes modern fingerstyle guitar would do well to give
it a listen.
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