Andrew Combs has quickly established himself as one of the promising and talented songwriters working today. Gifted with an emotive, stirring voice and a knack for poetic lyricism, Combs' music taps into something deeply human and something remarkably moving. His latest album, Canyons Of My Mind, puts all of this on display and more, as Combs debuts his strongest collection to date. That album is out today.

Originally hailing from Dallas, Combs now calls the great city of Nashville home. Although frequently associated with the city's burgeoning Americana scene, Combs' music works far beyond the confines of anyone genre. His poignant and beautifully crafted tracks operate on their own plane, drawing in a variety of instruments, styles and tones to cull a wealth of emotions from listeners.

Combs spoke to me about crafting his latest LP, protest music and Americana.

Canyons Of My Mind is sure-handed, beautifully crafted record, and you display some real maturation as a songwriter. How did this record come together?

Well, I am writing all the time. That's what I love about this business, the creative side. So, once I had compiled about 15 songs I thought were album worthy we went in and cut them. From there we whittled it down to 11 for the record. I tried to stretch myself, especially on the musical side of writing, for these new songs. There are some common threads between this batch and my last records, but I definitely think I am treading in some new territory.

‘Dirty Rain’ is a protest song about the gentrification of Nashville. Is protest music something that has interested you for long? Does it factor more heavily into your record?

In my mind 'Dirty Rain' is a song about so much more than gentrification — it's about how we as humans affect our environment and what we are going to leave behind for our children. Sure gentrification can be under that umbrella, but that song deals with a much more expansive subject matter.

I never was a champion of protest music from the past, probably because I was not living then. I could not feel what those during that time were experiencing on a face to face level. Did I respect it? Yes of course! But I never could feel it like I do now. We are surrounded by madness this day in age. I can't help but write about it.

Much has been made about the explosion of the Americana scene. How do you view this burgeoning moment and your place within it?

Like any movement, there are good and bad aspects to the Americana scene. Some of it is great, but a lot of it is watered down. As for me, I'm just happy to be playing music for a living. I try not to put a label on anything I do.

Canyons Of My Mind is out now via Loose. You can stream that fantastic record below.