He’s a magician of folk. Or a jester, juggling harmonica licks and crafty guitar rifts. Singer-songwriter Mac Comer has come a long way from his days as Knoxville’s “local hippie dude” who played a mean set of bongos and kicked up a dust storm on the acoustic guitar. For the past ten years, Mac Comer’s lifting Southern twang has packed out crowds in and around the Southeast.
Comer’s staple is found in Knoxville, TN where he began showcasing his talent. As a young singer-songwriter, he promoted himself vigorously by spending countless hours singing his heart out at the local “open mic nights” around town. As Comer’s popularity grew, he landed spots amongst Knoxville’s premier music venues. In 2005, Comer released his debut album, Something New. Shortly following the release, The Daily Beacon complimented Comer’s score by calling it a “genre-crossing tribute to folksy guitar rock, in the stylings of Jason Mraz, Keller Williams, and Widespread Panic.” In 2008, Comer paired up with Knoxville’s own Cruz Contreras (The Black Lillies) to release his second album, Trails of My Town. Johnson City’s Tricities.com applauded Comer for “his slashing guitar style that evokes Daves Matthews crossed with Richie Havens…and his raspy voice that seemingly borrows from no one.” Benny Smith, general manager of 90.3FM “The Rock”, credits Comer’s success to his hard work, passion, and dedication both on the off the stage. Most recently, Comer was voted “Favorite Local Singer/Songwriter” by listeners of Knoxville’s 106.1FM “The River”. Comer’s latest project, MAC COMER & THE COO COOL KIDDERS, consists of a four-piece ensemble influenced by jazz, funk, and galloping folk. So grab and beer and head up to the front row! What are you waiting for?