Cass McCombs

Big Wheel and Others (Domino)

FFF Nites: Saturday

Cass McCombs

Big Wheel and Others (Domino)

Gentle outlaw Cass McCombs luxuriates in sunlit California landscapes, weaving offbeat tales of carousing and yearning on Big Wheel and Others. Running a languid 85 minutes, his seventh studio album – a double – sifts through the dust of the Old West anchored by Dan Iead's whining steel guitar ("Angel Blood," "Everything Has to Be Just-­So"), and grounded in the earthy percussion of Parker Kindred. On the title cut, McCombs' acoustic guitar uptempos through Left Coast truck-stop restlessness, pausing just long enough to reference the hymn "Peace in the Valley." As ever, the hero here is the singer's golden voice, equal parts Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler and the Shins' James Mercer. The deep groove on "The Burning of the Temple, 2012" with Kevin Bouley on sax gives way to blissful "Brighter," re­imagined on the second disc by late Easy Rider actress Karen Black. Held together by three guitarists – McCombs, Sleepy Doug Shaw, and Mike Bones – "Unearthed" closes Big Wheel on a turbulent note, precious calm before another storm. (9:45pm, ACL Live at the Moody Theater)

****

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014
Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
The line at Fun Fun Fun Fest wasn't the only show last weekend

Kevin Curtin, Nov. 14, 2014

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Saturday Reviews
Yann Tiersen
∞ (Infinity) (Record Review)

Thomas Fawcett, Nov. 7, 2014

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Crypt Trip
Haze County (Record Review)

Michael Toland, April 12, 2019

Texas Platters
Being Dead
Fame Money Death by Drive By (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, April 12, 2019

More by Nina Hernandez
Indoor Skydiving Lets You Train Your Dragon in Virtual Reality
Indoor Skydiving Lets You Train Your Dragon in Virtual Reality
Taking to the skies with iFly's latest immersive VR

March 27, 2019

New Study Changes City Council's View of Flood Risk
New Study Changes City Council's View of Flood Risk
Puzzling over a variance on Avenue D, and spending the first of the 2018 bond funds

March 15, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014, Cass McCombs

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle