Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is being recognized by the contemporary U.S and European folk/americana community as a performer of national stature, and an uncommonly unique guitarist/vocalist about whom Rolling Stone Magazine says: "Haunted country, acoustic blues and rugged folk all meet [here]..."
Musings on Pitiful Blues, by Malcolm Holcombe
ev'rybody's a songwriter...as i was told by tony arata in nashville...25 years ago or so...
humans are storytellers...some just damn liars.
the truth lives beyond songs and poetry, fables, folklore weighed down by human embellishments, hearsay, and emotions.
..true emotions don't lie.
crocodile tears and teeth grinding from withdrawals of what?
i struggle with truth and lies and motives...
and this pitiful blues project is a spit of the struggle
...past and present.
only the grace of God allows us a path
to decide which is which.
may 16th, 2014
Pitiful Blues- by producer/musician Jared Tyler:
" I have been working with Malcolm Holcombe for going on 15 years. Malcolm exemplifies "being in the moment" in the studio - cutting everything live; himself, his guitar and vocals, with live musicians. During the past few records we have made together, whether in North Carolina, Nashville, or Austin, Malcolm would send the musicians demos of the tunes that he had recorded solo in his backyard studio. Ofttimes, I would comment on how good these recordings sounded on their own - just one simple mic capturing Malcolm, his guitar, and the rhythm of his foot on the floor - purely. Last November, after a few years of hearing the demos, I suggested we try making a record around these live recordings. This experimental process of his backyard studio recordings have resulted in this latest album: Pitiful Blues. In producing this project, I wanted to accentuate Malcolm's simple, raw process that would make this record stand out from the other albums he's done, and to convey 'more' of Malcolm himself, live in his backyard studio. I have had to rethink much of what I thought I knew about recording with this album. By most recording standards, our procedure might be considered lo-fi. Yet sometimes the simple sound of one microphone, a guitar, and a singer of songs, can speak and sound more true than the sound of more sophisticated studios and recordings. It is indeed my honor to be a part of this album, and most importantly Malcolm's music. It's my hope that the listener will be deeply moved by the sound of the Carolina hills radiating out of Malcolm's stories and songs: 'pure-D' Malcolm Holcombe. "
-Jared Tyler March 3, 2014