"Day 2" by Michelle Malone on iTunes

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Atlanta-based musician Michelle Malone is what's known as a lifer. She was signed to a major label back in the late '80s with her band Drag the River, and now—no matter what her commercial or critical fortunes—she soldiers on, making music because it's what she was born to do. "Other Girls"—the opening track of her 14th studio album, Day 2—contemplates how much easier it'd have been if she'd gotten married, had children, and lived the quiet life. But she knows it isn't in her being and that "the grass ain't greener, just a different color." Coproducer Shawn Mullins, a noted musician himself, refused to do more than add backing vocals to Malone's musical talents, preferring to let Malone and her stellar band of Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones), Randall Bramblett, Phil Skipper, Tom Ryan, and others get the job done as naturally as possible. From the sweaty ballad "Marlboro Man" to the full-on groove of "Wasted on You" (with its touch of Keith Richards in the guitars), Malone is an experienced veteran whose lyrics have been lived a thousand times over.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Atlanta-based musician Michelle Malone is what's known as a lifer. She was signed to a major label back in the late '80s with her band Drag the River, and now—no matter what her commercial or critical fortunes—she soldiers on, making music because it's what she was born to do. "Other Girls"—the opening track of her 14th studio album, Day 2—contemplates how much easier it'd have been if she'd gotten married, had children, and lived the quiet life. But she knows it isn't in her being and that "the grass ain't greener, just a different color." Coproducer Shawn Mullins, a noted musician himself, refused to do more than add backing vocals to Malone's musical talents, preferring to let Malone and her stellar band of Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones), Randall Bramblett, Phil Skipper, Tom Ryan, and others get the job done as naturally as possible. From the sweaty ballad "Marlboro Man" to the full-on groove of "Wasted on You" (with its touch of Keith Richards in the guitars), Malone is an experienced veteran whose lyrics have been lived a thousand times over.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

15 Ratings

Strong Songs and It Rocks

Hugh404,

Michele Malone has been around the block and she has given us a wonderful album to talk about it.

On a record like this, the songs are the driver for me, but I need to call attention to the strength of Michele's voice and guitar playing - both her instruments sing beautifully, with great care given to how each best fits each song.

As to the songs, we get a mix of bouncing blues and rockers, heartfelt confessionals, and interesting mixes that don't easy fit into any particular slot. My personal choices are Day 2 - a clear-eyed and unsparing look at heartbreak; Marlboro Man - a touching song of connecting with her father; and Chicken Lickin' Boogie - good dirty fun. However, every track here has its substantial pleasures and rewards close listening.

Highly recommended.

Day 2

Musicmisfit,

Awesome album.
A real gem full of heart and soul

About Michelle Malone

A singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose music is informed by blues, country, and roadhouse rock & roll, Michelle Malone's performances can go from contemplative and coffeehouse quiet to rowdy and "Twin Reverb on 10" loud at the turn of a dime, and her passionate, uncompromising style has won her a loyal following, especially in the American South. Michelle Malone was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and her mother, Karyn Malone, was a single parent who raised her daughter with help from her own mother. Both Karyn and her mother worked as singers, playing a variety of nightspots, jazz clubs, and resorts, and at an early age Michelle wanted to follow in the family tradition. At the age of 4, Michelle was singing in church, and by age ten she had taught herself to play guitar, drums, and saxophone. Michelle started her first band when she was 12, and soon began writing songs. After completing high school, Malone enrolled at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, where she studied voice, but she soon began making herself heard on the Atlanta music scene, and in 1988 she released her first album, New Experience, issued by the independent Aluminum Jane label. Malone began playing out with her band Drag the River, and when Clive Davis happened to see Malone on-stage, she was signed to a deal with Arista Records. Released in 1990, Relentless was Malone's major-label debut, and it received enthusiastic reviews, and in 1991 Malone was part of an ad-hoc band, the Harshed Mellows (also including members of the Georgia Satellites and Tom Petty's Heartbreakers), who recorded a version of "U.S. Blues" for Deadicated, a Grateful Dead tribute album issued by Arista. But Malone soon became disenchanted with the constraints and image-making that came with life in the majors, and she and Arista parted ways.

For her next album, Malone opted to go it alone, forming her own SBS Records label (standing for Strange Bird Songs), which released For You Not Them in 1992. After releasing a jazzy holiday-themed album in 1993, A Swingin' Christmas in the Attic, Malone partnered with Daemon Records, the label launched by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, longtime friends and mentors for Malone since her college days, for the 1994 album Redemption Dream, in which she debuted her new band, Band de Soleil. The album included the song "The Gathering," which helped inspire the popular fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering; also in 1994, Malone appeared in a TV commercial promoting tourism in Georgia that found her performing with Elton John. For her next album, Malone struck a deal with Velvel Records, which released Beneath the Devil Moon in 1997; the same label also released a live EP, Lucky to be Live, and the two titles were reissued on a single disc in 2009. After falling ill after a busy 1998 that included playing the Lilith Fair package tour and training for a marathon, Malone reactivated SBS Records for an acoustic-oriented release, Home Grown, in 1999. Malone stayed busy in the new millennium, releasing albums in quick succession -- 2001's Hello Out There, 2003's Stompin' Ground (with Malone backed by the Low-Down Georgia Revue), 2006's Sugarfoot, 2008's live set Sunscream, and 2009's Debris (which introduced another new backing combo, the Michelle Malone Banned) -- as well as continuing a relentless tour schedule (often playing 150 dates a year) and periodically issuing new installments in her Strange Bird series of authorized bootlegs. Friend and fan Shawn Mullins joined Malone in the studio to co-produce her 2012 effort, Day 2. The low-key Acoustic Winter was released in 2014, while Malone cranked up the volume again on 2015's Stronger Than You Think. When not busy with her own music, Malone also tours as an instrumentalist with the Kristian Bush Band, the solo project of the co-founder of Sugarland. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Atlanta, GA

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