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Cleaning Out the Old Inbox: Malcolm Holcombe, Kris Kristofferson, & Band of Heathens

Posted in Band of Heathens, Kris Kristofferson, Malcolm Holcomb on September 9, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

I get a lot of music sent to me every week. I mean a lot of music. I get submissions through e-mail, regular mail, Reviewshine… I even get packages left for me at the radio station. It’s a lot of music to wade through. The problem is that I also have two jobs, a wife, a dog, and a new house to take care of. I don’t often have time to listen to everything I receive or write extensively about everything that I like. That’s why I’m taking some time today to clear out my inbox and share a few things with you that I’ve overlooked.

We start with For the Mission Baby, the latest release from North Carolina songwriter Malcolm Holcombe. The gravel voiced Holcolmbe, along with producer Ray Kennedy and a band led by Tim O’Brien, has crafted another fine album full of gritty, bluesy folk tunes. The title track from his new album sounds upbeat and uplifting until you realize it tells the story of a teenage couple facing an unplanned pregnancy. These types of conflicted characters fill Holcolmbe’s songs and prove what a talented songwriter he is. For the Mission Baby will be released September 29th from Echo Mountain Records.

Malcolm Holcolmbe: For the Mission Baby (Buy Album)

Next is the newest effort from songwriting legend Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson’s latest is called Closer to the Bone, and as the title might suggest, it’s filled with topics that are close to the songwriter’s heart and tributes to friends and family who have passed. “Good Morning John” is a loving ode to the late Johnny Cash, while the entire album is dedicated to Kristofferson’s good friend and bandmate Stephen Bruton. Bruton, who passed away in May after a long battle with cancer, plays and sings throughout. The album is honest and stark with sparse production that lets the songs stand out on their own for what they are. It is a fitting tribute to Kristofferson’s fallen friend, and another fine addition to his catalogue. Closer to the Bone is released September 29th from New West Records.

Kris Kristofferson: Closer to the Bone (Buy Album)

I wrote recently about The Band of Heathens as one of the nominees for “Best New and Emerging Artist” at this year’s Americana Music Awards & Honors. What I didn’t mention then was that the Heathens are releasing a new album called One Foot in the Ether on their own Band of Heathens Records on September 15th. I’ve been listening to this one for a couple of weeks now, and it is another strong effort from the songwriting collective from Austin. The album contains eleven original tunes from the band, and one stunning cover of Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio.” The band has made two tracks from the album available as free downloads at their website… here’s one of them.

Band of Heathens: L.A. County Blues (Buy Album)

There’s a lot more music in the inbox to share… but I’ve got a dog to walk and a yard to mow. I’ll try to get back to some more as soon as I can.