Malcolm Holcombe Delivers A Special Show!
There are a number of reasons why Malcolm Holcombe‘s performance at the Extended Play Session for Alternate Root TV was so special, not the least of which is that it was a milestone birthday celebration for me!
I was not familiar with Malcolm prior to this show but went in with an open mind and heart.
Malcolm’s music is described as being “not quite country, somewhere beyond folk, …a kind of blues in motion, mapping backwoods corners of the heart” by David Fricke of Rolling Stone, and I feel that is accurate. His lyrics are full of emotion, as written in ‘Savannah Blues’: “nobody they don’t see me/when I look ’em straight up in the eye/they just stare behind my back/they don’t care ’bout if I die”.
That sends shivers up my spine…
He took the stage quietly, almost with reserve as if he weren’t quite sure he should be there. As soon as he started picking at the guitar strings and singing with his slightly gravely voice, he had the audience enthralled. Audiences at the Sessions are always well-behaved (something I do not say about most other venues where I hear music), but we were so riveted to Malcolm that you could have heard a pin drop.
Between songs, he bantered with us and didn’t seem to want to stop playing once he started. We did not want him to stop either!
His songs are about the strength of the human spirit and the power of love, something I sense is very close to Malcolm’s heart. I heard that he started his music career a little later in life than many do, and that he’s had some hardships. I looked into his eyes and felt that whatever they were, they made him stronger and more empathic.
I received a very special birthday gift after his set ended but before the ‘interview’ started. Malcolm started from the stage, but then walked to where I was and stood less than a foot in front of me. His words to me – “I have to be right here because I am singing TO YOU” – touched my heart. He led the audience in singing happy birthday to me, and it is something I will never forget. I cannot wait to see the video of it!
Malcolm lives outside Asheville, North Carolina, but travels around the United States bringing his music to anyone who cares enough to listen. He got into my heart, and I hope you let him into yours.
Posted on October 14, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Alternate Root TV, blues music, boston, concert review, Extended Play Session, folk music, Malcolm Holcombe, music. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.