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The Mallett Brothers Band is an alt.country rock band from Portland, Maine fronted by the two sons of legendary singer-songwriter David Mallett. Since forming in 2009, the band has been "gobbling up accolades like sunflower seeds," in the words of their hometown newspaper, the Portland Press Herald. Sweeping the Portland Phoenix "Best Music Poll" awards each year since forming, the band has gathered a total of 8 awards from the Phoenix, including "Best Local Band" (2), "Best Live Act" (2), "Best Local Album" (2), "Best Song," and "Best Roots Act." Other accolades include first prize at the Oxford Rockin' Country Showdown in 2011, nominations for "Best Maine Act" in the 2011 New England Music Awards, and appearances in numerous local and national "Best of 2012" lists this past year.
Frequent appearances in national as well as international magazines, blogs, podcasts, and radio programs have contributed to a fiercely loyal fan base that has fueled the band's rigorous touring schedule -- they're regarded as one of the hardest touring bands in New England and beyond, with their touring circuit stretching from the northernmost tip of Maine to the woods of southern Tennessee.
TMBB has opened up for the likes of .38 Special, Travis Tritt and Josh Thompson, Lukas Nelson, and shared a bill with Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, Drive By Truckers, Jakob Dylan and more at the 2010 Nateva Festival, as well as the Deftones, Bassnectar and more at the 2012 Kahbang Festival.
Drawing from an array of influences including blues, bluegrass, neo-traditional and classic country and punk rock, MBB are known for high-intensity live performances, which include appearances at national festivals as well as sold-out venues ranging from grange halls to rock clubs throughout the Northeast U.S. They’ve been featured on WCYY, WBLM, WTHT, MPBN, WCLZ, stations whose specialties run the gamut from mainstrean country to hard rock to adult contemporary, and podcasts including the Americana Rock Mix and Freezing Process.
The Portland Phoenix says, “This band projects a self-assuredness that’s infectious in a world where it’s becoming harder and harder to find things that are real and genuine.” Other press reviews include “a most welcome discovery” (Hidden Track), “a band to watch” (The Orris), “I won’t be surprised if these boys break into the big time” (Dispatch Magazine), “put simply, this is a damn good band” (The Wire). The Portland Press Herald says “Scour the songs [on “Low Down”] for layered hipster nuance, and you’ll later be smoking cloves wondering what just blew past you.”