First Listen: Andrew Combs’s “Rose Colored Blues”

The Dallas native will release his third album, Canyons of My Mind, on April 7

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It’s been two years since Andrew Combs released All These Dreams, an outstanding effort that acquainted many new fans with the Texas-born, Nashville-based songwriter’s rich instrumentals and hazy, honeyed vocals. On his forthcoming third album, Canyons of My Mind, Combs’s distinctive 1970s-California rock style remains consistent, but his perspective as a songwriter has matured, thanks to some big changes.

“This past year or so, I’ve grown up a whole lot—got married, now we’re expecting a child,” Combs says. “There’s more of a focus in my life.”

And it shows in songs like “Dirty Rain,” which laments the loss of outdoor spaces for kids to play, while “Blood Hunters” tackles even weightier subjects—mental illness and self-doubt. But with so much to be happy about personally, Combs also explores the sunnier side of life. Today, Garden & Gun is happy to exclusively premiere “Rose Colored Blues,” a freewheeling number that reframes the constant motion of touring—a common musician’s lament—in a positive light.

“It’s a romanticized version of being on the road,” Combs says of the song. “I wanted it to be lush, and to feel like you’re driving. The concept is something that’s always been very interesting to me: the whole idea of someone relishing their blues.”

Stream “Rose Colored Blues” below. Canyons of My Mind is available for pre-order via PledgeMusic.