"If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time" - Billy Joel
At the age of 13, forgoing traditional music lessons, I taught myself how to play the guitar by listening to old blues records and 60’s rock n’ roll. Their early influence is obvious when you listen to my recorded works or come to one of my shows. I am often transported to a different place when I play ; it is apparent in most live performances.
People often say that my songs are throwbacks to the best of what classic rock, funk, soul, and blues has to offer. I feel like I have aligned my "Sound" with that of the likes of older music. I like to take a song that hasn't been heard in a long time and give it a fresh, new, unique take while keeping it true to its original framework. I do consider myself a good musical arranger. Although I feel like I have a unique perspective and sound, it was those living giants and dead legends that truly gave birth to my passion. Needless to say, I've spent countless hours listening at their musical feet.
While you will most often find me playing solo, playing in a band has its own form of completeness. When I was young, I launched a local band with childhood friends called "The Neon Soul Session". We had fun doing gigs but as you know, all good things must come to an end. For many years, I took a break from playing out and concentrated on honing my singer/songwriter skills. I spent this time writing a lot of music that appeared on my first Independent Release, "I Get My Kicks for Free" (2016). Luckily my enjoyment of playing with other like-minded musicians never left me and I was part of several side project bands that I regularly played with from 2015-2018.
In January of 2018, I assembled a group that had a main focus of helping me perform and write original music. This group was named "Soul Medicine" after a song that I had written and recorded in studio the previous year. "Allan Combs' Soul Medicine" original formation consists of Tim Latshaw on Bass/Vocals and Sean Madden on Drums/Vocals. In June 2019, the band released it's self-titled debut EP. The end of 2019 marked the entrance of two new members of the group; Mark Sosnoskie on Trumpet and Cody Zakahario on Saxophone and Keys. 2020 will see the release of the group's first full length album.
Come spend some time at a solo performance. I promise you won't regret it.
- AC II