McCombs is a mirror. Rather than fulfilling the stereotype of the confessional singer-songwriter, he describes the lifestyles and feelings of those who surround him, with more love than judgment. His music is generous; the melodies always infectious; the production and musicianship first-rate. And at the forefront of his craft are always the lyrics, which, more than any songwriter today, propel the avant-garde. McCombs has always refused to speak of his influences, except for American folk music and The Beatles. He is a folk artist, telling the stories of his native land in a modern tongue.