“Haunted acoustic country blues, folk and gospel fervour all converge in the rugged output of Malcolm Holcombe, whose visage, as one reviewer put it, ‘appears carved out of granite and whose voice is sculpted from tree bark and disregarded rail road lines’. North Carolina-born and bred, he is, in short, the real deal.” (Plymouth Herald)
Malcolm Holcombe returns to the UK and Ireland in September to promote his new album Down The River – his ninth so far – out on Gypsy Eyes Music on 3rd Sept. It’s his first independent release in several years and finds him reunited with Ray Kennedy, who produced earlier albums, plus a stellar cast incl. Emmylou Harris who sings on In Your Mercy, Steve Earle on Trail of Money, Darrell Scott who plays dobro, banjo and electric guitar, and former Uncle Tupelo and Wilco member Ken Coomer on drums.
“I wanted to shoot for Mars,” Malcolm says of the high-powered line-up, “luckily, Ray knew some Martians.”
That said, it’s Holcombe’s voice – “which can growl like a cement truck in low gear or mellow into a heart-tugging croon” – his percussive fingerpicking and intense performance style that remain at the heart of his latest collection of songs.
Listen to excerpts from Malcolm’s new album via his website.
Catch Holcombe live at the venues below and watch him performing Down In The Woods (from his previous album To Drink The Rain) recorded during last year’s Cherokee Creek Music Festival in Texas.
No shows booked at the moment.