"On the road again, just cant wait to get on the road again?" eight-year-old Jeremy McComb had no idea what he was singing when his dad, Bob McComb, pulled him on stage for the first time, nor could he have known that a classic Willie Nelson song would prove to be so prophetic as his life played out over the next 18 years.
At a rather young age, Jeremy was already aware of the imagery of songs and the power of lyrics in terms of the emotions theyre capable of evoking not only in listeners, but also the truth they oftentimes bare for the songwriter.
"Even as a teenager I was more about what was this guy feeling when he wrote this?" Jeremy explains. "Thats what would hit me." So with the legendary Kris Kristofferson, Jim Croce and The Marshall Tucker band as his benchmarks, Jeremy quickly became enthralled in his writing and likeminded story tellers such as Chris Knight, Jack Ingram and Todd Snider.
Jeremy grew up along the Eastern Washington/North Idaho border. Its a rather picturesque blue collar town of barely 17,000 and it remains a sleepy little place where there still isnt a whole hell of a lot to do. "People up there say its a great place to retire," admits Jeremy, "Its small? real small."
Jeremys father played six nights a week for a living and made sure that he brought his son into the music scene. Jeremy spent his nights as a small child sleeping behind his fathers guitar amp. So, needless to say, it wasnt much of surprise to anyone in the inland northwest that by the time Jeremy was eight years old he was spending more time in the honky-tonks then in the classroom with kids his own age.
"I dont know if I realized it at the time," Jeremy recalls, "but I always knew exactly what I wanted to do. I never really wanted to be anything else."
By the time Jeremy was seventeen, he was playing with regional touring acts. At twenty-one he fronted an extremely popular Honky-Tonk band called "Trace County." He also worked as a music director and afternoon DJ for radio station KIX-96 in Spokane, Washington, which would lead him to a not-so-chance encounter with comedian Larry the Cable Guy. That introduction led Jeremy to a tour manager job in 2004 when he was just twenty-three years old.
"Its very, very backdoor," thats the simple explanation Jeremy has for his current situation. "If it wasnt for Larry I wouldnt be here. Id still be playing with my band." While touring with Larry, Jeremys music made big impressions with J.P. Williams, CEO of Parallel Entertainment, a management, film and music publishing firm responsible for the careers of Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and many others. Possessing a keen eye for great talent, J.P. signed Jeremy to a management deal and then introduced him to Nashville booking agent, Bobby Cudd, who also immediately recognized Jeremys gift and began to help pave the way for things to come.
Before he knew it, Jeremy was on his way to Spartanburg, South Carolina to record what would become his Parallel Records debut, MY SIDE OF TOWN. The record was produced alongside Grammy winning, "Marshall Tucker" band founder Paul T. Riddle.
All in all, Jeremy McCombs debut album is best described as a series of three and four minute stories that conjure up images?mini-movies if you will. As a songwriter, Jeremy is most concerned with storytelling. To say the least, he has a fascinating story to share.