Chris Holcombe

Chris Holcombe

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Chris Holcombe is a unique artist that combines descriptive lyrics to blues and soul backdrops. "I don't consider myself an r&B singer in anyway. But 'Hurricanes' is my interpretation of smooth blues and soul." He sings strong yet simple vocals that emphasize the superior writing.

Biography

By the time Chris Holcombe turned 13, he was published in “On The Road,” an anthology showcasing lyrical excellence. Later that year, he co-wrote his most well known song with the great Michael McDonald. The song was “One Too Many In Love” and is featured on his first recording of songs “Settin' The Moon On Fire.”

In the spring of 2006, Chris released his second collection “The Trouble With Loving Hurricanes.” The 4-song EP brought out his blues and soul influences, matching his descriptive lyrics to backdrops reminiscent of the Temptations and Al Green. Chris says of the CD, “It's not a blues or soul record in anyway, (Rev. Green still owns them in a way I never could), but I like to say that Hurricanes is my interpretation of smooth blues and soul.”

2008 was the year he experimented with visual presentation, working with director and producer Richard Biggs for the video “Dirty Blood.” With the use of green screen technology and local acting talent, Chris and Rich created a stunning visual story of human longing.

Chris Holcombe is a unique talent. He sings strong yet simple vocals that emphasize the superior writing. He can be flirtatious, sensual, and heartbreaking all within the same song, describing the human experience with humor and poignant wisdom.

Past Performance Dates:

09/06/2008 07:00 PM - 60 West
3939 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
US
Cost:Free

09/05/2008 07:00 PM - Borders 4th Street Live
400 S. 4th Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
US
Cost:Free

08/16/2008 08:30 PM - The Hubb
236 West Main
Danville, Kentucky 40422
US

08/09/2008 06:00 PM - Richard’s Cafe
4420 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek, Tennessee 37189
US
Cost:Free

08/09/2008 02:00 PM - Tomato Art Festival
Woodland Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37206
US
Cost:Free

07/08/2008 06:00 PM - 3rd & Lindsley
818 3rd Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37210
US
Cost:Free

06/10/2008 07:00 PM - Richard’s Cafe
4420 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek, Tennessee 37189
US
Cost:Free

05/27/2008 07:00 PM - Edgehill Studios
1201 Villa Place
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
US
Cost:Free

05/03/2008 07:00 PM - Listening Room Cafe
500 West Main Street
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
US
Cost:Free

02/07/2008 06:00 PM - Richard’s Cafe
4420 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek, Tennessee 37189
US
Cost:Free
Description:w/ Keya

01/30/2008 07:00 PM - Foobar
2511 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, Tennessee 37206
US
Cost:Free

12/29/2007 08:00 PM - The Crescent
416 21st Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
US
Cost:Free

12/21/2007 07:00 PM - Richard’s Cafe
4420 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek, Tennessee 37189
US
Cost:N/A

12/18/2007 06:00 PM - Edgehill Studios
1201 Villa Place
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
US
Cost:Free

12/15/2007 07:00 PM - BORDERS
2501 West End
Nashville, 37203
US
Cost:Free

12/08/2007 07:00 PM - BORDERS
400 South 4th Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
US
Cost:Free

11/15/2007 07:00 PM - The Crescent
416 21st Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
US
Cost:Free

10/18/2007 07:00 PM - BORDERS
330 Franklin Road
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
US
Cost:Free

10/11/2007 08:00 PM - Bluesboro
114 N. Church St.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129
US
Cost:$7
Description:Acoustic Night @ The Bluesboro

10/10/2007 09:00 PM - Windows on the Cumberland
112 N. 2nd Ave
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
US
Cost:Free
Description:Acoustic solo - part of "Nashville’s Sexiest Songwriters"

10/03/2007 08:00 PM - The Crescent
416 21st Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
US
Cost:Free

09/06/2007 07:00 PM - Richard’s Cafe
4420 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek, 37189
US
Cost:Free

08/25/2007 08:00 PM - Chris Mitchell Presents @ The 5 Spot
1006 Forrest Ave
Nashville, Tennessee 37206
US
Cost:TBA

08/15/2007 07:00 PM - The Listening Room Cafe
500 West Main Street
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
US
Cost:Free
Description:Chris Holcombe & Kristen Cothron playing live in the round!

07/31/2007 08:00 PM - Family Wash - Short Sets
2038 Greenwood Ave
Nashville, Tennessee 37206
US
Cost:8 p.m.
Description:Acoustic set

Lyrics

Mississippi Rain

Written By: Chris 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
Oh they dropped me to the ground
Fingertips that swirled up my thighs
As if there’s no one around
It’s getting harder to disguise
What’s going on in this cafe
I still don’t know how much this 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 and drenched to the bone
Till 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
Well 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 WillPlayForFoodMusic

Better Mistakes

Written By: Chris 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

Dirty Blood

Written By: Chris 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

One Too Many In Love

Written By: Chris Holcombe

The two people I love the most
One's a lover and one's a friend
For the first time, I don't know what to say
How can I tell them face to face?

With love, there always comes a cost
There are moments when we have to choose
There are times when we must decide
What we can keep and what we can lose

How do I tell him?
How do I tell her?
This kind of love ain't gonna last
Someone's gonna get hurt
And it's gonna me
To walk away
Cause when there's one too many in love
There's a price to pay

I've been shot down before
Believe me, it's better like this
I'd rather be alone and true to myself
Even though I'll never know her kiss

How do I tell him?
How do I tell her?
This kind of love ain't gonna last
Someone's gonna get hurt
And it's gonna me
To walk away
Cause when there's one too many in love
There's a price to pay

It's better to have loved and survived the fall
But it doesn't make it any easier
Any easier at all

How do I tell him?
How do I tell her?
This kind of love ain't gonna last
Someone's gonna get hurt
And it's gonna me
To walk away
Cause when there's one too many in love
There's a price to pay.

©1998 Chris Holcombe, Michael McDonald, Krystle Coleman, Jammin Orrall

Lonely Gray Door

Written By: Chris Holcombe

Well this house is silent
I've stopped all the clocks
Cause nobody's leaving
And nobody ever knocks on a lonely, gray door

Well the lights are still burning
I've pulled down the shades
A penny you earn
Is a soul you save
And a spent dollar is money made
Please remind me what for

Blue skies are endless when you're near
The blackness breaks open when you fail to appear
The mind's eye is so easy to blin
A man's faith is so easy to bind
He'll put up with expanses of lonely, gray sky

If his sly smile makes your bed
He goes from a day late and a dollar short
To one and a quarter ahead
He settles for infatuation's regrets
But he won't take them back

But if he takes a three-week walk
When you're holding the door
Nothing bruises more than ego's sore
And he's got to work that much more
To acquire what he lacks

Blue skies are endless when you're near
The blackness broke open when you failed to appear
Easy answers never blow through the gray down time
Adding years to the bound and hindsight to the blind
Sometimes you burn looking for fire in the sky

Well this house is silent
I'm standing in the hall
The only cure for gravity
Is to break that fall
Walking through a lonely gray door....

©2002 Chris Holcombe/Dara Strickland

Listen To The Children

Written By: Chris Holcombe

Written in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001

Hey let's run outside
Roll in the grass and play in the leaves
Guess the shapes of all the clouds
And tag, you're it
C'mon out and play

It's all so simple that way
So why can't we today?
Cause it's complicated, we say

My favorite color is blue
Tell me, what's yours? I like that one too
Let's go and get some ice cream
Tell me, do you like chocolate?
Well everyone likes chocolate

And hey
It's all so simple that way
So why can't we today?
It's impossible, we say
I just think that we all should
Take a look and listen
To the children

Hey let's go climb those trees
Last one up is a rotten egg
Don't the world look so much different up here
Than on the ground

And hey
Why can't we stay that way?
We can change today
But it's much too simple, we say
I just think that we should
Look at this world like children

My Daddy is gone today
And Mommy says he won't come back
He works in that big building in town
Why won't he come back

And hey
Why does it stay this way?
We can change someday
No excuses, I say
I just think that we should
Take a look and listen
To the children

©2001 Chris Holcombe

Discography

Settin' The Moon On Fire (2002)

The Trouble With Loving Hurricanes (2006)

Set List

Original Songs:

Mississippi Rain (Hurricanes)
Better Mistakes (Hurricanes)
Dirty Blood (Hurricanes)
One Too Many In Love (Moon On Fire)
Lonely Gray Door (Moon On Fire)
Pleasure To Burn (unreleased)
My Latest Disaster (unreleased)
Last Chance Girl (featured on Kristen Cothron's "Love Letters From A Fool" http://www.kristencothron.com)
What If We Never Got Out Of Bed? (unreleased)
Life's So Easy When You're Beautiful (unreleased)
25 (unreleased - new for 2009!)
This Hard To Leave (unreleased - new for 2009!)
Abandoned Cars (unreleased - new for 2009!)
I'll Do Anything (unreleased - new for 2009!)

Cover songs:
A Long December (Hurricanes)
Christina (Patty Griffin)
Things Have Changed (Bob Dylan)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)