Michelle Malone defies easy description - wild-haired Rock Goddess, political singer/songwriter, passionate performer with roots in church music – no single characterization tells the whole story. Over the course of Malone’s career, she’s collaborated with artists from Gregg Allman to Indigo Girls, released more than a dozen records and went indie when it still took guts. Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Michelle Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous. Expect it all with The Michelle Malone Banned.
Atlanta's own rockin' + stompin' blues band Chickens and Pigs open the show.
Michelle Malone’s Acoustic Winter is just what the doctor ordered for dark and cold days without being at all prescriptive. Instead of being that boisterous friend who insists you brighten up and ditch your winter blues – you know the kind that drags you out to vapid parties and when that fails, douses you in the glare of a sun lamp and puts on a loud Salsa station – Acoustic Winter is the friend who curls up beside you in the dark. Each song, from the soaring “Home” to the ethereal “Mirror Ball,” exudes warmth and wisdom while conveying an intimate knowledge of life’s deepest loves and losses. Like echoing harmonics, these central themes resonate throughout the record, providing Acoustic Winter with a mesmerizing continuity of mood – the rare kind achieved by records like Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and Ray LaMontagne’s Till The Sun Turns Black. Acoustic Winter is Malone’s most stripped down recording to date and it reveals a songwriter and a musician at the top of her game. However, it is Acoustic Winter’s sheer vulnerability that stands out as truly breathtaking.
Malone started making music early, singing in her hometown church at age four and soon after that, started sneaking into her brother’s closet to borrow his coveted guitar. After many sibling battles waged, Michelle Malone finally got her own guitar and she hasn’t been without one since. Her guitar chops, her trademark voice, and her songwriting craft have won her critical acclaim and numerous awards over the years including: best album (Atlanta magazine), 2 time best acoustic guitarist (Creative Loafing, IAC), and 5 time female vocalist of the year (Creative Loafing), Best Blues Guitarist (IAC.com). Malone has played every state in the Union and toured all over the world but she calls Atlanta home.
“Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection – sublime to raucous.”
— GUITAR WORLD
“The kind of singer and songwriter who can jolt things into overdrive.”
— NEW YORK TIMES
“Raucous and jubilant – somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne comes Malone alternating between soulful ballads and rowdy, riff-y blasters.”
— ROLLING STONE
Chickens and Pigs is Atlanta's own rockin' stompin' blues band, featuring Jeff Evans on guitar / vocals, Michelle Friedman on bass / guitar / drums / vocals, and Mr. Bingles – the electric bunny. With lyrics that are sometimes bizarre, sometimes strange, but always entertaining, Chickens and Pigs will take you on a journey of blues-raga, country-folk, Rolling Stones-type rockers, alt-country, blues rag, traditional folk and groove-blues. Get ready to cluck your oink off!