Malcolm Holcombe

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  • Malcolm Holcombe

    This show was on Sep 27th, 2014 | 28 people watched
    3 Comments
    • Sep 28
      If the review is only of the singer songwriter, Malcolm is amazing. If the review includes the venue and its set up... the camera is unmanned and poorly aimed, and the audio...while accurate.. was low. Malcolm should find a different Concert Window stage to play, where the venue does a better job of showcasing the artist. Still, glad for the opportunity to see this from home.
    • Sep 29
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  • Darryl Purpose and Malcolm Holcombe

    This show was on Sep 12th, 2013 | 25 people watched
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    • Sep 12
      Always a treat to see Malcolm perform, he's the best!
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Bio

In the end, our lives are simply gatherings of contradictions. We are capable of being cruel, funny, angry and unfathomably kind, sometimes all in the space of a few minutes. The same mouth that launched angry words at a driver who cut us off in traffic will kiss and sing a child to sleep. The wise ones among us know this, and the best artists embrace this paradox and use it to fuel their... more

In the end, our lives are simply gatherings of contradictions. We are capable of being cruel, funny, angry and unfathomably kind, sometimes all in the space of a few minutes. The same mouth that launched angry words at a driver who cut us off in traffic will kiss and sing a child to sleep. The wise ones among us know this, and the best artists embrace this paradox and use it to fuel their making.

Malcolm Holcombe’s new album Down the River, his ninth, is born from that bed of contradictions we all lie in. There are songs here such as “Twisted Arms” and “Whitewash Job” that sizzle with anger at a society that seems intent on losing its way and running over its poor and disenfranchised. These are coupled with songs from a softer, more generous perspective such as “The Crossing” and “In Your Mercy,” written in the voice of an old woman who sees “All I worked for/…sold and surely gone,” but who trusts that “many years will tell the truth.” There is truth embedded in these songs the way quartz is embedded in the steep driveways and black dirt of Malcolm Holcombe’s western North Carolina.

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