Performing Artist Bios—Malcolm Holcombe

Note from the Expo: If any one word can be used to describe the Durango Songwriters Expo and the music that is presented there each year, it's authentic. Jeffrey Steele, Big Al Anderson, Chuck Cannon, Michele Shocked, Hillary Lindsey, J.D. Souther, Rodney Crowell, Fastball, Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket...these are just a few names from our very long list (we've been at this 12 years!) of performers. Literally there have been HUNDREDS, some famous, some not so famous, some who are becoming famous right now. And so as we host our first-ever "Back East" Expo in Asheville, NC, (in 2008) it seems totally fitting to add to this year's line-up of featured performers the deeply-rooted-in Americana (and gifted) Malcolm Holcombe, an artist (home-grown!) in the true sense of the word, compelling and dripping with authenticity. Welcome Aboard Malcolm!

Malcolm Holcombe Live at The Durango Songwriters Expo


Malcolm Holcombe Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is being recognized by the contemporary U.S andEuropean 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]...

A 5 song EP by singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe, Wager, was released on October 9, 2007. This is a companion piece to a 12 song Malcolm Holcombe CD, Gamblin' House, which will be released January 15, 2008.

Holcombe, who recently signed with new indy label Echo Mountain Records, went into Echo Mountain Studios to record his first CD release for the label with a wealth of new material. With Grammy award winning producer Ray Kennedy at the helm, and highly notable musicians Kenny Malone (drums, percussion), David Roe Rorick (bass) and Ed Snodderly (dobro, fiddle, banjo) rounding out the ensemble, Wager and Gamblin' House resound with a fresh take on Holcombe's highly distinctive music and lyricism....

Try as you might to use other adjectives, when you write about Malcolm Holcombe and his work, you always come back to rugged and rustic. His visage appears to be carved of granite, and his voice is a sculpture crafted of tree bark and discarded railroad iron. His words and images cling to you for hours, even days, like wood smoke.

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