Andrew Combs

A Little Taste of What You May Expect at the Blackwing Experience

The Blackwing Experience at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, California opens next Tuesday, June 25 for a three-day run. The exhibition will be open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM and each evening there will be different events.Tuesday, June 25 @ 7PM: The Party. This event will launch the new Chuck Jones Gallery website created by Gigasavvy as well as introduce southern California creatives to the Blackwing Experience. RSVP at

Wednesday, June 26 @ 7 PM: ChuckTalk. A panel discussion moderated by author and historian Charles Solomon with Charles Berolzheimer, founder of Palomino Brands; Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity; Jenny Lerew, noted animation story artist and musician Christian Tamburr. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, please RSVP at 

Thursday, June 27 @ 7 PM: Blackwing Sessions. Benefit concert for arts education. Starring Andrew Combs, Willie Watson, and Willy Tea Taylor. Tickets begin at $25.00 and are available at

View a video here: The Blackwing Experience Recap (Final Cut) from Palomino on Vimeo.

Rising Country Rock/Blues Star, Andrew Combs, to Headline Benefit at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 17, 2013Andrew Combs, Willie Watson and Willy Tea Taylor Headline Orange County Benefit Show

Tickets go on Sale May 23rd; funds support music and arts education in schools

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2013 – On Thursday, June 27th, Nashville recording artist Andrew Combs, Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Willie Watson and Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit frontman Willy Tea Taylor will take part in a special acoustic concert at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA.

The performance will be part of the “Blackwing Sessions” music series in conjunction with the Blackwing Experience, a travelling exhibit honoring creativity and the woodcased pencil. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Blackwing Foundation and its efforts to further arts and music education in schools.

No Depression Magazine named Taylor “one of the most important American singer/songwriters of our time.” Saving Country Music compared Taylor’s songwriting to “those now legendary recordings of Paul Simon in his post-Garfunkel days.”

Watson spent 13 years as lead vocalist and songwriter for Old Crow Medicine Show. Paving the way for other roots bands like Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers, OCMS is best known for taking an unfinished Bob Dylan song (“Wagon Wheel”) and turning it into a cult classic. Watson partook in the historic “Railroad Revival Tour”, traveling to concerts throughout the Southwest exclusively by vintage trains and capturing every moment for the “Big Easy Express,” winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.

Combs’ “Worried Man” ranked as the highest debut album on American Songwriter Magazine’s annual list of 50 Best Albums of the Year in 2012.  In their album review, American Songwriter declared, “In a world full of pretenders, the Texas bred, Nashville based Combs is the genuine article.”

Along with individual sets, the evening will feature an “in the round” session, during which all three musicians and other special guests will perform original compositions while discussing the songwriting process.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 AM PDT at

The Blackwing Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charles and Ginger Berolzheimer to develop and enhance arts and music programs at the K-12 level.

“We have dedicated ourselves to developing and supporting programs that have a sustainable, positive impact on arts and music engagement for children who might otherwise not have these opportunities,” said Charles Berolzheimer, founder of Palomino and revivalist of the Blackwing pencil. “Money from this show will help us continue to build strong partnerships in 2013 and beyond.”

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