Malcolm Holcombe plays tracks from The RCA Sessions, talks about getting inspired at the Salvation Army Store, and the tools of his trade.
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About Malcolm Holcombe
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Malcolm Holcombe interview recap
Springtime in the North Carolina Mountains
Calvin asks where Malcolm Holcombe is based these days. He says he was born and raised in Weaverville, NC. But currently lives with his family in Swannanoa, NC. Calvin asks Malcolm Holcombe if the mountains are showing signs of spring, he says yes there are a few Robins and blades of grass. [the original interview took place in early March, 2015.]
The RCA Sessions Project
Calvin asks Malcolm Holcombe about how the RCA Sessions project got started. He says that Brian Brinkerhoff contacted them about the project. he knew Tammy Rogers who’s a mandolin and fiddle player Ray Kennedy had worked with Brian on some past records. They got David Roe on bass. Jared Tyler played dobro and guitar. Ken Coomer on drums. Maura O'Connell and Siobhan Maher Kennedy on vocals. Malcolm Holcombe says, “Yeah, we got together and went over to RCA. They had a spot open in studio A. I never had been there before so we got together with some camera men and women and just picked some for three of four days and there you go.”
“I Feel Like A Train”
Calvin asks Malcolm Holcombe to set up “I Feel Like A Train” and asks if that song is autobiographical. He says, “Nah. Well you know songs mean different things to different people and if you can pat your foot that’s in the plus column.”
[Calvin plays “I Feel Like A Train” from The RCA Sessions by Malcolm Holcombe.]
Calvin asks Malcolm Holcombe if he feels like his life is on the right track. He says, “I ain’t got nothing to do with it. I’m trying to stay out of the way and that’s an all day job!”
Calvin notes that Malcolm Holcombe’s songs stand alone when it’s just him and a guitar and asks if the songs have to be reworked much when it’s a group playing them. He says, “Oh yeah man, it just takes on another coat of paint every time the sun rises and the sun sets and another president takes office. “
Calvin asks Malcolm Holcombe to tell the story behind the song, “Going Home.” He says, “My wife used to like that song. Thanks for mentioning it. There was a feller, a young man, about as big as this suitcase, dragging the suitcase out of the Salvation Army. And I got a glimpse of that and I thought was kind of cool, you know? He wasn’t going in, he was going out. And he was following an adult man. So I figured it might be his Daddy. But anyway, that’s pretty good news if you see somebody leaving the Salvation Army with a suitcase. Maybe they got a plan, a better place to go. Maybe they’ll have some heat, electricity, food on the table. It was very stirring and uplifting to me.”
[Calvin plays “Going Home” from The RCA Sessions by Malcolm Holcombe.]
Calvin notes that in all the years he’s seen Malcolm Holcombe play, he’s always been playing the same guitar. Calvin asks about the guitar and whether he ever considered using another. Malcolm Holcombe says, “Well, it’s a pair of pliers with wires on it. It’s a tool, you know. I used to make them out of a two-by-four but it’s easy to get splinters that way. But no it don’t matter to me. I’ve had a couple of good guitars. It’s like a lawn mower. If you put gas in it, it will cut something. It’s a guitar I’ve had a while because a buddy of mine keeps gluing it back together. I’ll drop it, he’ll glue it. I’ll drop it. He’ll glue it. It’s good to know somebody who knows how to use glue.”
“Butcher In Town”
Calvin asks Malcolm Holcombe to set up “Butcher In Town.” He says, “Take the sunglasses off the back of your head and have a cup of coffee.”
[Calvin plays “Butcher In Town” from The RCA Sessions by Malcolm Holcombe.]
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