Malcolm Holcombe - The RCA Sessions
As far as I know, Malcolm Holcombe always describes his music as folk music, but when you start listening to his songs it makes you realize what posers most "folk" singers are these days. His vocals, his music, his lyrics are as solid as the North Carolina mountains he comes from and just as rugged and just as beautiful. The RCA Sessions is a CD/DVD release that includes at least one song from all of his albums over the past twenty years and it also includes a previously unreleased track, "Mouth Harp Man." He pulled together a stellar backing band to round out the sound but that amazing voice of his and his heavy acoustic guitar riffs remain at the center of every track. When you see the DVD of him performing these songs, you realize just how much of his body and soul he puts into every song, again, unlike so many artists to label themselves as "folk." So as cliche as it sounds, if you're going to buy one folk album this year, this is the one to buy.
I'm adding "Who Carried You," "Mister In Morgantown," "I Feel Like A Train," "Butcher In Town," "To Drink The Rain," "I Never Heard You Knockin'," and "My Old Radio" to rotation.
Malcolm Holcombe is the featured guest on Americana Music Show #244.
- "Butcher In Town" is featured on Americana Music Show #242.
- "Mister In Morgantown" is featured on Americana Music Show#243.
- "Mouth Harp Man" is featured on Americana Music Show #247.
- "Who Carried You" is featured on Americana Music Show #248.
- "To Drink The Rain" is featured on Americana Music Show #252.
- "My Ol' Radio" is featured on Americana Music Show #255.
- "I Never Heard You Knockin'" is featured on Americana Music Show #258.
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More about The RCA Sessions by Malcolm Holcombe, from the press release:
On April 6, 2015, to commemorate his 20 year musical career milestone, underground folk legend Malcolm Holcombe is releasing The RCA Sessions. The set will have international digital distribution through Proper Music Group.
Spanning the years 1994 to 2014, The RCA Sessions comprises 16 cuts in a CD/DVD retrospective that includes tracks from each of his previous 10 full length albums and 1 EP. Unlike the usual anthology of original recordings, Holcombe re-recorded the selected songs at the legendary RCA Studios in Nashville, TN in the fall of 2014. Included is the live performance favorite, "Mouth Harp Man", which is exclusive to this release, as well as well as the popular tracks "Goin' Home", "Who Carried You", and a very special duet with Irish folk great, Maura O'Connell, of Holcombe's classic, "A Far Cry From Here". The band members, who have all frequently performed with Malcolm in the studio as well as for live performances, are: Jared Tyler (dobro, electric guitar, lap steel, vocals); David Roe Rorick ( upright bass, arco), Tammy Rogers (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Ken Coomer (drums, percussion), Jellyroll Johnson (harmonica), and Siobhan Maher Kennedy (vocals).
To represent Holcombe's live performance range- from the intimate nature of solo acoustic, to the much lauded duo configuration with long-standing multi-instrumentalist Jared Tyler, to the energy and intensity of his full band shows- the CD/DVD set includes all of the above-mentioned musical configurations. Cut as live performances in-studio, these tracks capture the spirit of Holcombe's incendiary concert performances and timeless songwriting.
As this is the first time Malcolm Holcombe has released a DVD performance, it is sure to become a much appreciated addition to both long time fans, as well as the perfect introduction for the uninitiated. The RCA Sessions is not an end, but a culmination of work that spotlights the artistic mastery of one of the most unique and irreplaceable musicians working today in the contemporary folk scene.