Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Lifestyles

April 17, 2014

Jeremy McComb enjoys Tri-State's limelight

ASHLAND — Jeremy McComb’s career has been a wild ride, especialy in the last week.

The lead single from his latest album was released on iTunes last week and it was a huge success right from the start.

“It was the biggest release we’ve had,” he said. “Two days into it we beat out all prior sales, including ‘Wagon Wheel,’ which we had a big hit with.” His new album is due out this spring.

When he performs at Callihan’s American Pub and Grill on April 19, it won’t be his first foray into the Tri-State. As a close friend of singer-songwriter Rick Huckaby, McComb has toured the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton area many times. This show will be his fourth at Callihan’s; his last show was sold out.

“It’s an acoustic, storytelling show,” he said of his plans. “I’m really about connecting with the audience. I’ve got a lot of humor and storytelling in my songs and I’ll do a few covers. It’s a really cool, highly interactive show.”

Performing comes naturally for the Idaho native whose father was a popular country musician in the area. McCombs, 33, said he was touring with his father as a youngster.

“I grew up sleeping behind my dad’s amp since I was 5,” he said. “I got on stage at 8 and went on the road with my act at 16.”

He said country music was the dominant genre in the North Pacific and life there, for him, was much like life for many in Kentucky and West Virginia.

“I grew up on a 100-year-old farm in the Rocky Mountains,” he said. “All the things you hear about in country music songs is what happens up there — mudding and four-wheeling — it comes with the country lifestyle.”

Having grown up in that country atmosphere has been helpful as a musician, he said.

“I write songs I’ve lived and songs I can relate to,” he said. “If you stay true to yourself, you can’t go wrong.”

In addition to performing and writing songs, McComb has experience as tour manager for comedian Larry the Cable Guy and as music director at a radio station in Spokane, Wash. His wife, Kourtney, has a role on ABC’s “Nashville.” The couple are enjoying professional success after years of hard work.

“It’s really kind of a mind-blowing experience after doing with for 10 years,” he said.

Country singer/songwriter Jeremy McComb will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Callihan’s American Pub and Grill in Cannonsburg. His single “Love Song” is available on iTunes. Tickets are $5 at the door.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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