Tommy Malone plays tracks from Poor Boy and talks about the subdudes reunion, reading the Society Page, and how everyone has a Katrina story.
Also on this episode, rock & roll from Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, southern rock from Jefferson Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State, beautiful country from Red Molly, new Appalachian blues from Malcolm Holcombe, southern rock from Rod Melancon, blues from Jennie DeVoe, Texas rock from the Old 97's.
The Kudzu and the Concrete / Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires / Dereconstructed / 3:33
Marigold / Jefferson Hart / Corolla Ponies In The Snow / 4:59
Sing To Me / Red Molly / The Red Album / 3:29
The Music Plays On / Malcolm Holcombe / Pitiful Blues / 4:30
Marella / Rod Melancon / Parish Lines / 3:31
All That Sugar / Jennie DeVoe / Radiator - The Bristol Sessions / 4:56
Longer Than You've Been Alive / Old 97's / Most Messed Up / 5:53
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Tommy Malone interview recap
Calvin asks Tommy Malone about his subdudes reunion shows and how he feels about them. Tommy Malone says, “We had sort of broken up, well we didn't know what we did, we just got away from each other about four years ago. This was with the second version of the subdudes, which was a five piece band. We recently reunited with our original bass player and it's the original four guys that started the group way back in 87 here in a place called Tipitinas. We decided we wanted to start playing together again We did two shows in March, Denver and Boulder, Colorado, which is where we all relocated back in 87 we all moved there and developed a following there and actually got our record deal there in Denver.”
Calvin asks Tommy Malone about how his solo work relates to the subdudes sound. Tommy Malone says, “It becomes its own thing when you do it. It's a little more liberating to do your own stuff. There's no one to answer to. You can select your material without running it by the boardroom, so to speak. In many ways, it's a little easier. Being in a group, I don't know if you've ever been in one, it's kind of like a dysfunctional marriage. “
Tommy Malone sets up “All Dressed Up.” He says, “Kind of the joke in that tune is being older. I used to get dressed up at 10:00 at night to go partying and club hopping. Things have changed. I really don't drink any more. Don't really go to the clubs as much as I used to. By 10:00 at night now instead of putting on my jeans I put my pajamas on so I call it the party song for geriatrics. [laughs] I even had the crowd a Jazz Fest singing along with this one, got my jammies on... So it's a little more mature party song.”
[Calvin plays “All Dressed Up” from Poor Boy by Tommy Malone.]
Calvin asks Tommy Malone about the Jazz and Heritage Fest in New Orleans he played recently. He says, “Oh what a blast. Beautiful perfect weather. Big crowd. Really nice. Great band. I really put together a great band, my dream group and people were right there with it. One of the best days I've had out there in years.
Calvin asks about his tour with Tab Benoit. Tommy Malone says, “Tab's grew up right down the street from me. I grew up outside New Orleans, in a little town in St. John Parish. He grew up on Houma, Louisiana. I actually went to first grade in Houma when I was a little boy. So we had all that stuff in common. We had fun I did some sitting in with his gigs. I just went out with a duo, me and a keyboard player. We'd do our opening set and then we would stick around and hop up there with the fellas. It was a blast.”
Calvin asks Tommy Malone if he ever feels like an ambassador for the New Orleans music scene. He says, “I suppose so. It's almost cliche at this point, but it never fails. Wherever you go wherever your are. In the airport or in the hotel whatever you're doing, just out there doing what you do. soon as you tell somebody you're from New Orleans, their eyes light up. You gotta start telling them how's it doing, what's going on, is it coming back. I have not run into a single individual that doesn't love New Orleans.”
Tommy Malone sets up, “Time To Move On.” He says, “Time To Move On is something I've had a few years. But I stuck it on the shelf. I had it in a notebook I did a demo. I always liked the feel of the tune, the chorus and everything. I'd written these old words that were sort of relevant back then. And I dug it out and I just threw it all out and just completely rewrote the lyric. Me and a friend of mine that is. He's become kind of a songwriting partner. But back when I was a teenager straight out of high school he was a drummer in the family band I had with two of my brothers and sister-in-law. It was all Malones except this guy. His names Jim Scheurich. I rewrote all the lyric. It addresses the thing about eliminating the negative influences in your life. And trying to surround yourself with people that lift you up and get away from the ones that try to drag you down in some hole.”
[Calvin plays “Time To Move On” from Poor Boy by Tommy Malone.]
Calvin asks Tommy Malone what it takes to keep hope in an album. He talks about how for may people who survived Katrina hope is about there being no where else to go but up and how everyone down there has a Katrina story.
Tommy Malone sets up “Pretty Pearls.” He says, “Pretty Pearls, I really like that tune. It was also co-written with my buddy Jim Scheurich who I was telling you about earlier. I got the idea just by looking at the Society Page honestly. New Orleans has a very colorful Society Page it's sort of an extension of what goes on at Mardis Gras. Everybody's doing balls and parties all the time. I really wanted it to be an observational kind of thing and I fear it may have turned out to sound a little judgmental. But that's not really what I intended. I was just trying to paint a picture of this life that I personally know nothing about because I didn't grow up that kind of situation. I came from the country from a relatively middle class family. It's a world that's intriguing to me.”
[Calvin plays “Pretty Pearls” from Poor Boy by Tommy Malone.]
Tommy Malone notes that Pretty Pearls is his debut for playing the harmonica on a record. Calvin congratulates him!
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