By Derek Obregon
This modern-day-troubadour that wanders about from town to town is hard to track down, because he prefers life on the road. Cass McCombs keeps to himself as much as he can, and he isn’t into social media. He lives a simpler life that many musicians see as a death sentence to their careers, because it’s one that’s almost entirely out of the limelight. He isn’t searching for the glitz or the glamour—he will not be told that there’s a “proper” way to sing and play by some record label. Instead, he plays whatever comes to mind as long as he’s got an acoustic guitar in his hand and a vision in his mind. His lyrics are emotional and often tell a story in ways many musicians will not: full of diction, life and oftentimes, with way too much information in the lyrics. Regardless of that minor complaint, his songs are unconventionally catchy. His latest album, Big Wheel and Others, is an ambitious project that’s just as inexplicable as its creator. The 22-track album has no concept and no solid direction musically, but things don’t always need to add up to be good. The tracks vary as much as life does. Overall, McCombs is perfect artist to play and travel through the middle of the desert amongst some of the coolest people alive.
Pappy and Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown, (760) 365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com. 9pm. $15.