Malcolm Holcombe on “time capsules on roller skates,” living your history, pulling cars out of ditches, and hoping to get out of gigs alive.
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[Rick plays “Gone Away At Last” from Down The River by Malcolm Holcombe”]
[Rick plays “In Your Mercy” from Down The River by Malcolm Holcombe.”]
Malcolm Holcombe talks about visiting in East Tennessee for a few days.
Rick and Malcolm talk about the staggered releases of between electronic, followed by physical CDs and there will be a release in UK and Europe following that.
Malcolm talks about the mountains influence on his music, “As time creeps along and the older you get, at least in my perception, it goes by lickety split. Thoughts of of younger years come back more vividly when you are driving down the road. It's like a time capsule that's got roller skates.”
Rick asks Malcolm Holcombe if he's “always writing songs.” Malcolm says when your lving, when your active moving thinking you're painting, washing dishes, whatever your doing, you're writing. You're living your own history...”
Malcolm Holcombe says he was “overwhelmd and pleased” Emmylou Harris contributed her “angelic passion” to “In Your Mercy.”
Malcolm Holcombe says he discussed the record with his wife and they agreed they'd get Ray Kennedy to produce this record and put the backing band together. Malcolm talks about how he enjoyed working with each his band mates.
[Rick plays “Trail of Money” from Down The River by Malcolm Holcombe]
Malcolm Holcombe says “Not soon after I made up that tune, I thought it sure would be nifty if Steve Earle could play his harp and sing it with me. So I called up Ray Kennedy. Steve Earle was in town so he came over and we played the song and knocked it out in a couple of takes. I've always admired Steve for a long time. He's a serious man and probably one of the most poignant songwriters of our generation.”
Rick asks Malcolm Holcombe, “As a muscian, what are you looking for in an audience.” Malcolm jokingly says “I'm looking to get out of the place alive.” He also says he appreciates people who take the time to show up at live gigs and spend their own money to support musicians.
Malcolm Holcombe tells the story of playing shows at The Cave and at The Six Strings Cafe and some of the local house concerts. . He tells the story of emptying a show's audience out of the place to help pull a car out of a ditch.
[Rick plays the title track from Down The River by Malcolm Holcombe.]
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