The Messenger - January 2016

Malcolm Holcombe, "Another Black Hole" (Gypsy Eyes Music)- Malcolm Holcombe's distinctive approach to music-making has found him variously compared to everyone from Townes van Zandt to Tom Waits, and the North Carolina native's fourteenth album represents an excellent addition to the impressive body of work that this gritty performer has assembled during the past three decades. Swamp rock legend Tony Joe White chips in on guitar on a couple of tracks but Holcombe is still very much the star of the show, delivering his compellingly grizzled Americana with honesty, perception and rough-hewn charm.

- by Kevin Bryan