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Big Wheel and Others is Cass McCombs' seventh-and-a-half album and will be released October 15th (October 14th in the rest of the world) on Domino Records.
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.
LISTEN TO CASS MCCOMBS' "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE" -
Big Wheel and Others 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.
Michael Hurley is an American singer/guitarist, reportedly born December 20, 1941. He also plays the fiddle.
Hurley’s debut album, First Songs, was recorded for Folkways Records in 1965 on the same reel-to-reel machine that taped Leadbelly’s Last Sessions. He was “discovered” by blues and jazz historian Frederick Ramsey III, and subsequently championed by boyhood friend Jesse Colin Young, who released his 2nd & 3rd albums on The Youngbloods’ Warner Bros. imprint, Raccoon. In the late 70’s, Hurley made three albums for Rounder, all of which have since been reissued on CD.