Marfa Dialogues

Cass McCombs Band

Cass McCombs, Pink Nasty, with lights by Jake & Mollie

8 July 2011


Cass McCombs Band
with Pink Nasty
with lights by Jake & Mollie
Friday, 8 July 2011
Live at the Crowley Theater
Doors at 8:30 pm | Show at 9 pm
Tickets $10 at the door or online

Don’t miss the the Talk at 10 at 10:30 am on 8 July 2011 with Tim Johnson of Marfa Book Company, playing his favorite Cass McCombs songs on Marfa Public Radio, live on 93.5 FM or streaming on the web.


Ballroom Marfa and Marfa Book Company are proud to present an evening with the Cass McCombs Band on Friday, 8 July 2011, at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Texas.

Cass McCombs, who was born in Northern California in 1977, is a wordsmith of great economy and precision, whose work is notable for its stark beauty, play with musical genre, and layered, sometimes deceptive, narrative. A title or melody will often lead one way in a McCombs composition while the lyrics lead another. Somehow the songs thrive in the relationship. In the words of Will Butler, of National Public Radio, McCombs “stand(s) handsomely alongside today’s most celebrated songwriters.”

McCombs’ latest album, Wit’s End, is his darkest and most confident to date. Retaining the mellow croon and quiet organ of earlier work, the new album pushes into territory far lonelier than previous records. However, there is more than a lonely self at stake in these songs — alienation between people remains the salient theme of this work. McCombs does not shy from the harrowing while simultaneously examining what passes for humane. Recorded in cities around the U.S. and co-produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, Wit’s End provides lush, if unsettling, accompaniment for solitary nights.

McCombs and his band will be playing one night at the Crowley Theater, an intimate venue seating 200. Opening the show is Pink Nasty, the Austin-based musician who provided backup vocals for Bonnie Prince Billy on his tour Summer in the Southeast and the resulting concert album. (The Oldham brothers also recorded her 2007 album, Mold the Gold.) Pink Nasty’s pop melodies and sweet voice are in sharp contrast to her lyrics, in which desire comes to resemble anxiety. Her latest record is self-titled and available for download at her website.

Don’t miss this show!


    One of our favorite Cass songs, “I Went to the Hospital,” from his album, A.

    Read the interview with Cass McCombs in The Big Bend Sentinel.

    The Cass McCombs performance is made possible through the generous support of Ballroom Marfa’s Front Row members. In-kind support provided by the Hotel Paisano, Marfa, TX. Special thanks to Vicky Barge, Jennifer Bell, Lee Cohen, the Crowley Theater, Rob Crowley, Tim Crowley, Tim Johnson, Carlos Lujan, Marfa Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company, Caitlin Murray, Jillian Tamaki and Jon Han, and Ballroom Marfa members.