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Michelle Malone

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“Raucous and jubilant - Malone alternates between soulful ballads and rowdy, riffy blasters.”
- Rolling Stone

"Malone emerges, not as an ingenue, but as the definition of the Atlanta rock sound--Southern, blues-touched, guitar-driven, but still about the song."
- No Depression

Compared to most musical artists in the Americana genre, Malone seems like a pair of distressed blue jeans amidst a sea of pantsuits. Unlike the surplus of self-professed rootsy rebels, one listen to this woman from Dixie and you know you’re hearing the real thing. Credit Michelle Malone with doing things her own way for the better part of the past three decades, and defying expectations in the process.

She’s had her share of success, courtesy of some 15 studio albums, her own independent SBS Records label, numerous top flight film and TV soundtracks, kudos from the critics and collaborations with a remarkable roster of amazing artists, among them, the late Gregg Allman, ZZ Top, Ellen DeGeneres and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Chuck Leavell, the master keyboardist who has backed both the the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers, cited her as “One of the best female vocalists I’ve ever heard.” It’s little wonder that Guitar World once hailed Malone as “Equal parts guitar slinger and sweet songstress, with masterful lyrical introspection – sublime to raucous.”

Still Malone isn’t content to simply acknowledge her accomplishments.

A singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer whose music is informed by blues, roadhouse rock & roll and Georgia soul, Malone’s stunning and stirring new album Slings and Arrows (Due 3/2/18 on her SBS Records) pushes the parameters even further. It’s upbeat, defiant, and jubilant, flush with the raw energy and emotion that’s always been a part of her signature sound all while nudging her deeper into some personal new territory she hasn’t explored before. Malone deals with issues that have been burned into her psyche and affected her deeply. These songs speak to desire and disappointment, optimism and awareness, all with a driving and fiery conviction. “It wasn’t planned that way”, she insists, “but inevitably, that’s how the album evolved”.

“The past year seemed to alternate between darkness and light,” Malone reflects. “It’s kind of been the arc of my life in general, but even more so over the past year. In a very real sense, this album is a microcosm of issues that I’ve rencountered, and in writing this record, it became a kind of therapy. It helped change my perspective, and I suspect that there are messages here that can offer affirmation to others as well.”

While it’s not a concept album in the strictest sense, Slings and Arrows does look at a myriad of scenarios from the perspective of the characters that populate these songs. It’s through their hardships that Malone draws parallels with situations she’s encountered in recent years with her friends and family. In that way, Malone offers both a connection and a catalyst for dealing with these universal difficulties.

Slings and Arrows is more than mere meditation or rumination. Malone, an Atlanta native, describes it as a “Georgia record,” due to the fact that the musicians, studios, and even those responsible for the visual art are all Georgians. ”I take a lot of pride in Georgia and the importance that Georgia music has played not only in my music but also in American music in general,” she says. “Georgians such as Little Richard, James Brown, Ray Charles all laid the ground work. Without them, we would never have had Elvis, the Beatles, the Stones - there would be no rock and roll.”

As the New York Times once pointed out, Malone is "The kind of singer and songwriter who can jolt things into overdrive." That’s best evidenced by the fact that the record was recorded live in the studio. It took all of five days to get the songs on tape. “I aim for authenticity,” Malone insists. “I don’t know how to do it any other way. I’m at my best when I’m just being me.”

Produced by Malone herself, recorded by Jeff Bakos and mixed and mastered by Gerry Hansen, Slings and Arrows finds her handling vocals, brandishing electric and acoustic guitars (including her signature slide guitar), harp, and mandolin, with additional support from guitarist Doug Kees (Peter Searcy, Johnny Hyde Quartet, Michelle Malone and Drag The River), bassist Robbie Handley (Larkin Poe and Lera Lynn), drummer Christopher Burrows (Lizz Wright, Chris Duarte), percussionist Trish Land and special guests Shawn Mullins who sings a duet with Malone. Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks) who plays additional guitar on a song and Joey Huffman (Georgia Satellites, Hank Williams Jr.) who playes keys on a song.

Malone slyly adds half jokingly and half seriously, “These Slings and Arrows have the power to defeat your blues, move your shoes and put you back together, too!” Who doesn’t want that?


1. Just Getting Started (Malone) 2:55
2. Love Yourself (Malone) 4:04
3. Sugar On My Tongue (Malone, Eliot Bronson) 3:56
4. Boxing Gloves (Malone) 4:11
5. Ive Been Loving You Too Long [with Shawn Mullins] (Otis Redding, Jerry Butler) 5:28
6. The Fox and The Hound (Malone/Randall Bramblett) 5:12
7. Civil War (Malone) 4:17
8. The Flame (Malone, Eliot Bronson) 4:48
9. Beast's Boogie (Malone/Chuck McDowell) 4:15
10. Matador (Malone) 4:32


“Just Getting Started” - This was written as a catalyst to inspire me to keep on keeping on, not only in music, but also in life in general. The driving beat really wakes me up and gets me moving, and I find strength in the lyrics. These days, more than ever, most of us are looking for additional fortification and inspiration, and music is always a great source for that.

“Love Yourself” - This is the last song I wrote for the record - I actually wrote it pretty quickly the night before we cut it. It went down really easily because the music is so much fun, and I love the message. I'd been thinking about how self esteem is this magical healing thing that made everyone who has it instantly beautiful and commanding, and I thought how amazing it would be if we could show the same love and respect for others that we so desire for ourselves. It sounds heavy, but it's a very simple concept and a very simple fun song. "Until you love yourself, you cant love nobody else!"

“The Flame” -- “This was a co-write with Eliot Bronson and it finds me at my most vulnerable. It was the result of the division that I was going through with my family. At the same time, it opened my heart up more than ever and allowed me to focus not only on my own needs, but also on the realization that we all need to be aware of other people’s needs as well. Compassion is something that needs to be shared much more these days.”

“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” -- “This is, of course, one of Otis Redding’s signature songs, and it was such a great thrill to have sung this live with the late Gregg Allman. The original intention was to have Gregg sing on the album track, but sadly that never came to pass. However, my good friend, the wonderfully talented Shawn Mullins, stepped up the plate, and the version we recorded not only felt as I had envisioned it, but also is so emotionally charged that I literally cried at the end of the take. I was thinking of Gregg and was being spurred on and inspired by Shawn and the band – it was so overwhelming. Surprisingly enough, we managed to get it live, all in one take.

“Boxing Gloves” -- “This song describes my personal journey through some very tough times. It’s about the challenges of trying to connect with others, but also trying to connect with my own emotions and needs. I was saying that I was taking off my boxing gloves and coming out stronger than ever. It’s about my pride in that accomplishment, and the strength and determination that I found as a result.”


Michelle Malone - vocals, slide guitars, harmonica, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars
Doug Kees - electric guitar
Robbie Handley - bass
Christopher Burrows - drums
Trish Land - percussion
Shawn Mullins - vocal (I've Been Loving You)
Peter Stroud - electric guitar (Sugar on My Tongue)
Joey Huffman - keys (Sugar on My Tongue)

Recorded by Jeff Bakos at Bakos Amp Works in Atlanta, GA
Mixed and Mastered by Gerry Hansen at Creekside Studios
Produced by Michelle Malone

Front cover art work Trish Land, Graphics by Jodi Hersh, Photography by Michael Nichols and Clay Miller.

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Malone appeared on the Grateful Dead tribute album, Deadicated (Arista Records) in the Harshed Mellows with Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites) and The Heartbreakers (Tom Petty).

She was featured in a Georgia Tourism TV commercial with Elton John.

The Collectible card game Magic: The Gathering was named in part for her song The Gathering.

Malone sang backing vocals on southern anthems Straight To Hell and Honeysuckle Blue by Drivin' N Cryin' (Island Records), Shawn Mullins (Better Days), Tinsley Ellis' Moment of Truth, as well as 5 indigo girls records.

Malone started The Glynnis Corey Tucker scholarship for girls, and has awarded 3 scholarships thus far - The first recipient is now in graduate school, the second recently graduated, and the 3rd will graduate next year.

She has appeared on the Grammy ballot twice - once for Best Americana Album (Debris) and once for Best contemporary blues (Sugarfoot)

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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."

"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