Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is being recognized by the contemporary U.S and European folk/americana community as a performer of national stature, and an uncommonly unique guitarist/vocalist about whom Rolling Stone Magazine says: "Haunted country, acoustic blues and rugged folk all meet [here]..."
Special guest for the evening is Jared Tyler.
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7 PM
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Malcolm Holcombe grew up in western North Carolina, home to some of the planet's oldest mountains and some of America's deepest musical traditions. Radio and TV fueled Malcolm's musical passions as a kid, and music became even more important after he lost both his parents relatively young. He toured with bands and landed in Nashville, where he took up an inconspicuous station at the back of the house - the very back - at Douglas Corner, one of the city's best singer/songwriter venues. Stories began to circulate about the mysterious dishwasher with the subterranean voice and oracle-like talent. Sadly so did stories of wildly inconsistent behavior - profound sweetness crossed by bouts of stunning abrasiveness. He flirted with an official music career. But his stunning debut album made for Geffen Records was abruptly shelved, producing melodrama that only exacerbated Malcolm's drinking and depression. A business that once had a place for complicated genius turned its back on him, and he teetered near the edge.
Moving back to the North Carolina hills proved a powerful tonic. Holcombe let in help where before he'd pushed it away. With deep faith in God and a commitment to his art, Holcombe repaired himself and his career. And that's a pretty good nod to the effect of hearing Holcombe sing. If you've not seen him in a live setting, this is what you have to do. His presence is spooky and timeless, as one imagines it was like to see Son House or Leadbelly. No emotional stone is left unturned. While you plan for this important experience, collect Malcolm Holcombe albums... He is cryptic, demanding, polarizing, bold, passionate and free, a combination badly needed in our time of infinite trivia. He's even more interesting for having made a remarkable journey of recovery and discovery.
There’s no best way to introduce Jared Tyler. He’s too many things.
He’s a recording artist, to be sure, with two striking albums to his credit. He’s a singer of effortless beauty and soul and a writer who disarms with clear-eyed vision. He’s also a multi-instrumentalist who’s supported some of the most discerning performers in roots/folk music. But back up a bit, and you’ll see the true Jared Tyler – a reaching musical mind and spirit who brings out the best in others. That’s why his years of experience as a record producer suggest that Jared Tyler’s trajectory is not toward the spotlight he once sought as a singer on country radio, but toward a prominent place in music creation - both behind and in front of the microphones. At 33, Tyler is squarely in a Generation Y that is growing more in touch with American roots music and looking for its own T Bone Burnett or Daniel Lanois. Jared Tyler is on his way to being that producer/visionary.
In his relatively short career, Jared has made music with a remarkable array of respected artists. He’s opened shows for Nickel Creek, Merle Haggard, Wilco, Shelby Lynne, Shannon Lawson, John Hammond and Willis Alan Ramsey. He’s performed or recorded with Emmylou Harris, David Wilcox, Suzi Ragsdale and Stony LaRue. And as a producer, he’s worked with the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Monica Taylor, Jimmy LaFave and Malcolm Holcombe, among others.