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James Combs (feat. Kelly Atkins) - Joy Is Allowed (feat. Kelly Atkins)

from FALLING UNDER SPELLS by James Combs

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    LIMITED TIME OFFER: Add an additional $3 and I'll add to the package a CD of my solo album TO KNOW YOU IS TO SAVE YOU, which I made with Matt, John, April, Kelly De Martino and a lot of other lovely folks a few years back. It's my other favorite of my solo records. KCRW's Anne Litt once told me "Bathing Suit" was one of her favorite songs. Just sayin'.

    “James Combs makes Americana music for people who think they don’t like Americana Music… Falling Under Spells’ could become the most successful of Combs’s solo albums. To that fertile mix of folk, pop, twang, and psychedelia Combs brings his undoubted songwriting skills and his refusal to be contained musically by any narrow definition of genre… give ‘Falling Under Spells’ a listen, you won’t be disappointed. MARTIN JOHNSON, AMERICANA UK

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CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlnmme5tJ7M

James: "What I was trying to make with the Joy Is Allowed video was a kind of trippy feast to remind myself and everyone else of all the joy and color and humor of being alive, even if things are weird. That is what the song is about - remembering that it's still ok to see and feel the richness of the world, no matter what else is happening. And to laugh. It's what keeps me going."


Joy Is Allowed

Sunlight feels unreal
Morning on your face and hands
Just when you thought its better not to feel
Try to remember
String on your fingertip
Try to remember
Joy is allowed
Even now

Twilight feels too real
Just when you’re down and maybe out
Hear the redwood owl
And you remember
You remember how
You remember
joy is allowed
right now

Try to remember
String on your fingertip
Love is the answer
And joy is allowed


from FALLING UNDER SPELLS, released May 27, 2022
James Combs - guitar, bass, piano vocal
Kelly Atkins - vocal
Matt Hergert - drums
Joe Hellerstein - horns
John Would - guitar, mixer, mastering


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GREAT WILLOW: think close knit harmony singing inspired by the best of the classic Laurel Canyon cosmic-American-music tradition. It’s its own thing but finds some inspiration in the music of folks like Gene Clark and Gram Parsons. “Beautiful Twang” we call it. But the songs are also contemporary and highly personal - like a box of sun-bleached family photos.

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