Chris Holcombe

Chris Holcombe

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

A hybrid singer/songwriter combining the alt-country of Patty Griffin and the smoothness of Motown with a lot of blues in between.

Biography

It shouldn't work....

A young man with a notebook full of descriptive lyrics and a head full of melodies that combine blues, pop, and soul. A keen eye observing human behavior and emotion. A simple voice that roots out the subtle nuance of a phrase.

In today's pop climate, it shouldn't work. But Chris makes it work.

Chris Holcombe's gift is combining musical and lyrical elements that on the surface shouldn't co-exist. But in 3 and a half minutes, he can make you believe that a "Just My Imagination" groove can support a Chet Baker-like voice singing songs of southern love affairs. When he sings "Stormy hands and lightning eyes" from his song MISSISSIPPI RAIN, he sets the scene of a passionate romance that is soon going to spin out of control with hurricane force. "Running and smiling and drenched to the bone" indeed.

Nashville's The Music Review writers of Holcombe, "There are times when I come across an artist that I do not wish to classify in a music group. [He] is one of these artists."

The word "original" is over-used in the music world, but it aptly describes the music of Chris Holcombe.

Lyrics

Mississippi Rain

Written By: C. Holcombe

The very day I lost my head
You were running from a storm
Al Green was singing "Love and Happiness"
And I wanted to keep you warm
Your t-shirt was all soaking wet
Water dripped from your chin
Your face and hair all covered in sweat
The smell so sweet
Like Mississippi rain

Stormy hands and lightning eyes
They dropped me to the ground
Fingertips that swirled up my thighs
As if no one else was around
It was getting harder to disguise
What went on in that cafe
I still don't know how much table cloth hides
Oh, I'm falling again
Like Mississippi rain
Mississippi rain

Baby, we never lived a lie
I was your secret, you were my alibi
Running and smiling, drenched to the bone
Til it's gone
Like Mississippi rain

The very day I lost my head
You were still running from home
Sometimes I wonder if you ever looked back
To see if I could stand on my own
That's the trouble with loving hurricanes
Oh they flood you in
Like Mississippi rain
Oh they soak you to the skin
Like Mississippi rain
Mississippi rain

©2006 WillPlayForFood Music/ASCAP
Words and Music by Chris Holcombe

Dirty Blood

Written By: C. Holcombe

Well I caught him staring, in the middle of the city walk
Sad eyes that found me like a martyr to a cross
I said, "Sir, can I help you?" thinking he was insane
He said, "I got dirty blood, dirty blood flowing through my veins."

His face was lined and cracked like aging boulevards
His body so thin and frail, just a fragile deck of cards
The wind kept rocking him, stirring up this refrain
"I got dirty blood, dirty blood flowing through my veins
"Dirty blood, dirty blood flowing through my veins"

I didn't know
If he had a home
Any friends or family
I didn't know
If he was a ghost
Someone I could only see
I asked, "What do you have
"That just can't be cured?"
He said, "I've got dirty blood, dirty blood from the sins of the world"

I took his hand but I couldn't speak a word
Cause right then I saw his soul and his soul was full of hurt
But when he saw my face, a smile suddenly beamed
"We all have dirty blood, dirty blood and only love can wash us clean"
"Dirty blood, dirty blood, only love can wash us clean"
Only love can wash us clean
Only love can wash us clean

©2006 WillPlayForFood Music/ASCAP
Words and Music by Chris Holcombe

Better Mistakes

Written By: C. Holcombe

Love is one of life's bad ideas
And sex is even worse
Cause everytime I saw the darkness of your eyes
God knows, I was gonna hurt

You'd back me in a corner
Then we'd slide down to the floor

It was a good idea at the time
It felt so real, it felt so right
You were one of my better mistakes

You would always be laughing
So loud and carefree
Then you'd crawl up just to nibble on my ear
And whisper secrets so casually

Smoke curling from your cigarette
Arms thrown above your head
Oh I tried not to look back when I left

It was a good idea at the time
It felt so real, it felt so right
You were one of my better mistakes

It's amazing how cruel this old world can be
Oh the happiness I saw in you and him on the street
We could've been more
Than what I was ready for
The battle I won
But I still lost the war

It was a good idea at the time
It felt so real, it felt so right
You were one of my
You were one of my better mistakes

©2006 WillPlayForFood Music/ASCAP
Words and Music by Chris Holcombe

Discography

"Settin' The Moon On Fire" (2002)
"The Trouble With Loving Hurricanes" (2006)
"Sing Out Loud!" (2007) - compilation*

*all proceeds are donated to AIDS/HIV related charities.

Set List

Original material with the following covers:

"A Long December"
"Just My Imagination"