Forget the critics’ superlatives, the misguided allusions to Waits, Van Zandt and Prine, and just check out the numerous live YouTube video performances by North Carolina songwriter/guitaristMalcolm Holcombe, or listen to his recent recording, To Drink the Rain, for evidence of a new and powerful presence in the overpopulated folk-roots/Americana universe. Holcombe’s bringing his killer songs, with their heartbreakingly sad, surreal and often venomous lyrics, and his brave, assertive guitar picking to town.
“Jared Tyler sings and plays as good as anybody. Period.
His songs are poignant justice.” —Malcolm Holcombe
“He transcends all the boundaries of music with a remarkable force
that makes his music timeless.” —Ray Kennedy