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Michelle Malone


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Michelle Malone is an award-winning American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer in the rock, folk, blues and pop idioms. She is also the founder of SBS Records.

Malone was born and raised in Atlanta, GA by a musician mom with whom she toured in the summers. She grew up listening to her mother and grandmother sing in the church choir every Sunday when they werent on the road. She dropped out of high school at 16, lived in the streets and developed some nasty habits. After a few brushes with the law, she got clean, went back to high school and became the valedictorian for a small class. She attended Agnes Scott College with dreams of becoming a doctor, but was offered a record deal with Clive Davis at Arista Records, which, to her, looked alot more interesting than school.

When it came time to craft her own sound, she took those religious and secular roots, blended in enough folk, rock and blues to satisfy, and came up with a rootsy high-spirited sound that brings acoustic and electric slide and passionate vocals together harkening back to the lost recordings of Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi and Lucinda Williams.

After several major label releases, Malone is now an independent artist with 14 studio records to date and an impressive resume which includes hi profile performances with everyone from Gregg Allman to Ellen Degeneres, ZZ Top to the Atlanta Symphony, various awards including best albums, 4x best singer, 3x best acoustic guitarist, and 2 Grammy ballot nominations. Her songs have appeared in such films as Bam Bam and Celeste, All Over Me, Shotgun Jesus and television programs True Blood, Dawson's Creek, Felicity, Brooklyn South. They have been recorded by Indigo Girls (for which she received both gold and platinum records), Antigone Rising, Hannah Thomas, and Vistoso Bosses.

Malone has also made time for philanthropic endeavors such as running the Paris marathon for Team In Training/The Leukemia Society, and cycling with Team Earth Challenge from Atlanta to Yucca Mountain, NV in protest of the nuclear waste dumping. In 2012 she started a college scholarship fund for girls in need. She currently contributes to various women's and children's non-profit organizations, and donates time to local Georgia music organizations and schools.

Malone has performed for TedX Peachtree, been honored with a Signature guitar slide modeled and named after her by Rocky Mountain Slides, was the keynote speaker at a SoCal high school graduation, toured as the rhythm guitarist and mandolin player for Kristian Bush (Sugarland). Most recently she performed with Gregg Allman at Atlanta Symphony Hall for a salute to Georgia Music and Drivin' N' Cryin' for their induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Michelle's latest recording, Stronger Than You Think, was released in 2015 on her SBS Records label.

Michelle Malone and Drag the River:

After their Arista Records single Big Black Bag cracked the Billboard charts, the band hit the road in support of their album RELENTLESS and toured coast to coast with such acts as ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd folks Johnny Van Zant Band, Little Feat, Johnny Winter, Drivin' N' Cryin' and their friends Indigo Girls. Experiencing much frustration with the record label over artistic differences, they disbanded in 1992 and went their separate ways. Band members went on to play in other projects including the GA Satellites, Matchbox 20, Tinsley Ellis, Hank Williams Jr, and Kristian Bush (Sugar Land). Michelle Malone has also released 14 albums to critical acclaim and enjoys a successful solo career having had songs in film and television and recorded by others which led to her receiving a gold and platinum record. In 2017, the original members Michelle Malone (vocals, guitar), Joey Huffman (keys), Phil Skipper (bass), Billy Pitts (drums) and the addition of Doug Keys (guitar) decided to have a reunion show. Much to their surprise, the show was a huge sold-out success leaving fans hungry for more. The band played better than ever before with renewed energy, and the house was packed with miles of smiling faces. Everyone had so much fun that they decided to play more shows in and around the South. Please let us know if you would like to have them at your event by emailing Michelle Malone & Drag The River

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"introspective in spades, Malone's heavenly pipes are rich in nuance"
- Blurt Magazine

"on Acoustic Winter, Malone creates gorgeous, gentle, personal songs that showcase her pristine vocal qualities and depth"
- Atlanta Music Guide

"Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, with masterful lyrical introspection - sublime to raucous."
- Guitar World

"The kind of singer and songwriter who can jolt things into overdrive."
- New York Times

"raucous and jubilant - somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne comes Malone alternating between soulful ballads and rowdy, riffy blasters."
- Rolling Stone

"*4 out of 5 Bunnies*... on this loose and blues-stoked new album, Malone churns up those Southern roots with the vigor of Lucinda Williams while embracing her inner Keith Richards."
- Playboy

"The soul of a bluesman, the heart of a folk singer, and the guts of a rock and roll star all wrapped up in one fiery bad ass”
- Nashville Rage

"From the bluesy growling on Chicken Lickin Boogie to the sweet crooning of Shine, Michelle Malone shows remarkable range on her new record. And Wasted On You is a breakout hit waiting to happen."
- Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine

"Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Michelle Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous. Day 2 is the kind of album you can listen to over and over again…and I did!"
- Laura Whitmire, Guitar World

"When Michelle first called me about producing her new record, I didn't even have to think about it. For more than twenty years she's been one of my favorite singer/songwriters and guitar players. And one of my favorite people. I would be honored!"
- Shawn Mullin

“Malone’s blazing blend of slide and amped up country twang is equal parts ZZ Top and Willie Nelson, and her band fits on a huge stage at a European blues festival just as well as they do at a rundown honky tonk in Texas.”
- Guitar World

Michelle Malone¹s gritty, bluesy guitar playing, introspective and thoughtful lyrics and soulful vocals make her a superstar in every sense of the word.
- Mike Breen, Cincinnati City Beat

"Debris, Malone’s slide-guitar-punctuated collection of reckless youth, stalkers and one-night stands is raw Americana, a fist-in-the-face retort to the Stones’ Some Girls, 30 years on."
- The Hippo Press

"Debris" is simply an excellent piece of work.
- Metromix Atlanta

"'Debris' is an instant classic."
- Twangville

"this is an excellent rock n’ roll record in the finest sense! Malone has a sharp Southern rock flavor akin to the Black Crowes and Tom Petty. She plays a lyrically rich guitar style under the influence of Keith Richards; Her songwriting shows great texture and depth. Michelle Malone’s “overnight success” could easily become the surprise gig for the summer of ’09. yea, it's THAT good."
- Omaha Blues Society

"A proper American cocktail that'’s best drunk straight up."
- Billboard

Whether moanin' at midnight and howlin' at the delta moon, or serving up a steamy blend of Tom Pettyesque twang-pop and Creedence Clearwater choogle, Malone's the sexiest, most swaggering-est gal rocker on the goddam planet right now.
- Blurt Magazine

"'Debris' from her sharply etched 10th album of the same name. Think Bonnie Raitt bedding down with Keith Richards. OK, maybe you shouldn't."
- Philly.com

"Michelle Malone's badass pipes and guitar shine on new album."
- Metromix Greenville

"The first four songs on Moanin' Michelle Malone's new CD, Debris, are the four best blues songs you'll hear this year. It is, quite possibly, the best four-song combination ever put together in a blues album. If someone teaches a Modern Blues 101 class, that person should start with these four songs."
- Atlanta Music Guide

"Slinging a slide guitar that roars, Michelle Malone is a crackling live wire [with the] ability to crank out ballsy blues-rock barnburners and smooth, soulful roots pop with equal panache and passion."
- Indy Weekly

"Debris is like sing-along, foot-tapping, booty-shaking therapy."
- Southern Voice

"Michelle Malone is among the flashiest, most impressive slide guitar soloists working in contemporary blues, often fortifying her vocals with slashing lines, inventive twists and surprising backing."
- Nashville City Paper

"Malone bursts forth like she's got something to prove. She's mastered all the tools of the trade: hook-laden songwriting, a no-nonsense voice with powerful range, tough and tender guitar, and a memorable presentation. She's destined for greatness. A refreshing surprise of an album."
- Eric Thom, Blues Revue Magazine

"Malone's riveting wail and sizzling slide guitar blend sass and defiance with an authoritative presence exuding a spunk all her own."
- Performing Songwriter

"The kind of singer and songwriter who can jolt things into overdrive."
- New York Times

"Why Michelle Malone hasnt knocked the likes of Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt off of their roots-rock and blues pedestals blows the mind. Malone's authentic interpretation of good old Southern rock and hard-edge blues should have her rubbing shoulders with the Allman Brothers and Buddy Guys of the world. Sugarfoot and Stompin' Ground, are rousing and relentless toe-tapping beauties deserving of a boatload of attention."
- The Village Voice

"Sugarfoot is as raw, magnificent, dirty and low down as anything you'll ever want to hear in blues music - our blues-breaker CD for the week"
- Dan "Elwood" Akroyd, House of Blues Radio Hour

"Raucous and sinewy guitar leads - sensual, raspy vocals - Malone has become a master at mixing blues and Americana"
- Guitar Player

"4 out of 5 Bunnies... on this loose and blues-stoked new album, the rough-and-tumble Malone embraces her inner Keith Richards while churning up those Southern roots with the vigor of Lucinda Williams."
- Playboy Magazine

"A troubadour with grit and enough accessibility to warrant widespread acceptance."
- Billboard Magazine

"An exceptional voice capable of smoking langour and howling catharsis."
- The Washington Post

"Sugarfoot'll take you down to the crossroads and send you back dazed, disheveled and half-naked."
- Harp