“Malcolm Holcombe is like a myth. A backwoods character in a Southern Gothic novel with a voice filled with a grave-dirt rattle and telling tales of simpler, and harder, times. Times he knows about. Surviving brushes with Nasvhille Big Labels, addictions and demons – No less than Steve Earle once famously said of him “”Malcolm Holcombe is the best songwriter I ever threw out of my recording studio.” Strong praise from a man that knows a thing or two about demons... Malcolm Holcombe isn’t for everybody. But if you love music with heart and soul. Music that’s been somewhere and seen a thing or two, then he might be just the man for you. ”
"These days, there are hordes of performers who truck in “Americana” or “roots” or “folk” music. But Holcombe’s art is no phony drawl, pearl-snap affectation. Nor is it sterile, by-the-numbers old-timey music, suffocated by joyless authenticity. It is the real thing. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you’d best not miss him the next time he comes to town."
“Holcombe can have fun, conjuring the energy and legacy of loose-spirited jug-band music or country swing. But he can also capture the heartbreak of despair... in a way that is sorrowful but never maudlin or sentimental."”
“Haunted acoustic country blues, folk and gospel fervour all converge in the rugged output of Malcolm Holcombe, whose visage, as one reviewer put it, "appears carved out of granite and whose voice is sculpted from tree bark and disregarded rail road lines". North Carolina-born and bred, he is, in short, the real deal. ”
"His latest CD, For the Mission Baby, is about as potent as it can get — gutsy, rootsy, bluesy, Americana where Holcombe’s lyrics mark him a wordsmith of legend proportions, comfortably perched on the upper rungs."
"...he gives new meaning to the words honesty and intensity."
"...a hardscrabble troubadour in the tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Dock Boggs, and Mississippi John Hurt, a roots-soaked storyteller for whom tradition is a living entity, rather than an heirloom to be taken out and polished."
"The paradox is that while Malcolm’s music sounds totally raw and authentic with a wellspring deep in rustic tradition it’s also pretty much unique and personal, with a born-songwriter’s lyricism that’s somehow illogical in this context but hey, it’s a hell of a combination."- David Kidman
"The insouciant, rumpled aura that Malcolm Holcombe gives off may well be the way he really is, but it’s not what he is. And everyone knows that, and it’s that contrast that makes his performances spellbinding."