Cass McCombs – Brighter! (featuring Karen Black)

Big Wheel and Others is Cass McCombs’ seventh-and-a-half album. It comprises twenty-two songs (or, as they are more often and unfortunately known in the After Compact Disc—hereafter “ACD” era—tracks). But “double album” implies bloat, prog, and concept, so, let’s stick with “songs.” Big Wheel and Others is a bundle, a bindle, a hay bale, and an oil barrel of songs. Some of the genres that are to be found in varying degrees in the songs on this album are: Road songs, rock songs, folk songs, blues songs, country songs, rhythm and blues songs, skronk non-songs, cinema songs, cult songs, poem songs, jams, and ballads – to use however you wish. Within his decade-long career, most recently releasing WIT’S END and Humor Risk in 2011, Big Wheel and Others is McCombs’ most encompassing work to date, marking a bold new chapter in the myth of this fascinating and singular artist. It’s brimming with McCombs’ gift for evocative storytelling, discerning introspection, and heartrending melody delivered through a haze of mystery and romance.

Cass McCombs – Brighter! (featuring Karen Black)

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Cass McCombs - Brighter! (featuring Karen Black)

Cass McCombs has shared a new album track, Brighter! featuring the late singer/actress Karen Black. The song is the second one released from McCombs’s upcoming album Big Wheel And Others, expected to arrive on October 15 via Domino. Brighter! is dedicated to Black, who passed away last month at the age of 74. In this second collaboration—she was also a guest on Dreams Come True Girl from 2009′s Catacombs—Black singlehandedly takes care of the vocals and delivers a truly heartwarming melody. The song is coyly tongue-in-cheek, with lyrics like “Brighter Sid Vicious/Brighter nice guy/Brighter housewife/I hope you all die.” Listen to the tune and check out McCombs’s recently announced tour dates below.

Tour Dates For Cass McCombs:
09/27 – Big Sur, CA – Fernwood Resort (Mollusk Big Sur Jamboree 2013)
11/07 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
11/08 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
11/09 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Fortune Sound Club
11/12 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
11/15 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
11/16 – Santa Cruz, CA – Don Quixote’s
11/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
11/19 – Denver, CO – Walnut Room
11/22 – Austin, TX – The Belmont
12/02 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
12/03 – Montreal, Quebec – Il Motore
12/04 – Toronto, Ontario – Great Hall
12/06 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
12/07 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
12/08 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
12/09 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
12/12 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
12/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
12/14 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
01/13 – London, England – Queen Elizabeth Hall

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