Malcolm Holcombe – Down The River

The UK welcomes back troubadour Malcolm Holcombe who’s over this side of the pond playing dates from September 18th in support of his latest release Down the River, he’s also playing in Europe from early September through October – for the full list of dates check out his website here.

Age hasn’t mellowed the world-weary voiced singer-songwriter who’s ongoing mission to spread his personal gospel continues on Down the River a self-released album of authentic country-blues that features guest appearances from Americana luminaries Emmylou Harris (who adds her not inconsiderable talents in the field of backing vocals to In Your Mercy) and Steve Earle who shares vocal duties with Holcombe on Trail of Money, 

Down The River is just the most recent step in a journey that began in western North Carolina in 1955. The youngest of four children, Malcolm was fascinated by the guitar early, an interest he fed watching TV in his parents’ living room. “If it had a guitar in it, I’d watch it,” he has said. After high school and a brief stint in college, Malcolm played for a while with a trio called Redwing, then in a duet with Sam Milner. Eventually he found his way to Nashville where he established a local reputation and signed with Geffen Records.

In 1996, in one of those twists of logic only understood in the music business, Geffen signed Malcolm and paid to record his major label debut A Hundred Lies. The album was pressed, promotional copies were sent, and the album, a stunning, low-key masterpiece, was never released. In the wake of that fiasco, Malcolm made his way back to Asheville, North Carolina. A Hundred Lies was eventually released on a much smaller label and garnered some attention, including a four star review in Rolling Stone, and Malcolm began booking his own shows. There are stories from this time of drinking, drugs and wild behaviour, but like most in recovery, Malcolm would rather let the past stay in the past. “It’s miracle to be here every day,” he offers. “I’m just glad to be able to drive on my side of the road.”

Malcolm Holcombe – Trail O’ Money

Listen to the whole album here.

Tuesday 18 – London, UK- The Old Queen’s Head
7:30 PM show, info: 020 7354 9993

Wednesday 19 – Bristol, UK- St. Bonaventure’s Parish Social Club
doors 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM show. Info/tickets: 01452 411466

Thursday 20 – Winchester, UK- The Railway
7:30 PM show, info: 01962 867795

Friday 21 – Brighton, UK- The Prince Albert
9:00 PM, info: 011 44 1273 730499

Saturday 22 – Newcastle, UK- Cluny 2
show time tba, info/tickets: 0191 230 4474

Sunday 23 – Shipley, UK- The Live Room at Saltaire
8:00 PM show, info/tickets: 011 44 7855 164182

Wednesday 26 – Bury, UK- Studio Theatre at The Met
8:00 PM show, Info/box office: 0161 761 2216

Thursday 27 – Belfast, N. Ireland- Errigle Inn
8:00 PM, info/tickets: 028 9064 1410

Girls, girls, girls

I was putting together a few posts for the next week or so and noticed a recurring theme, so I thought I’d make it all about the girls this week – in the nicest possible way of course.

Kicking of with a few Youtube favourites.

Iris & Emmylou, harmony heaven

Patti Smith, this just sends shivers down my spine

All pedal steel players should dress this way

Just for the “mullet” line its a classic

Modern Twang

Neil Young “Long May You Run The Illustrated History” (Voyageur Press 2010)

Picked up a copy of this last week whilst window shopping on holiday – then a few days later reading Mojo there was a positive review – which is spot on in my opinion, then today I read another article here about it.

Recommend it to any casual fan (assuming the fanatics have it anyway) of Neil Young there are some great visuals and as the two reviews attest the writing is excellent too.

Long May You Run (five live and the original)

Buy Emmylou Harris – Long May You Run

Buy Josh Ritter – Long May You Run

Buy The Duke & The King – Long May You Run

Buy Willy Clay Band – Long May You Run

Buy Neil Young – Long May You Run

Buy The Stills-Young Band – Long May You Run

Neil’s new album Le Noise is only around the corner – having listen to some live versions of the tracks here and read some of the pre-release articles (here, here ,here and of course here) I’m definitely looking forward to it’s release, the CD/DVD “deluxe” version sounds like a must have.

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