|Born||April 21, 1951|
|Labels||New World Media, Flying Fish Records, Vanguard, North Road Records|
|Associated acts||The Mallett Brothers Band|
- This article is about the singer-songwriter David Mallett. For people using the "Mallet" spelling, see David Mallet (disambiguation).
A resident of Maine for most of his life, in the 1980s he relocated to Nashville, and released two albums with the folk and blues label Vanguard. He has since moved back to Maine and established his own label, North Road Records.
In a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including: Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, John Denver, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bok, Trickett, Muir, and Liam Clancy. "Garden Song" was even recorded by the Muppets.
Mallett frequently performs with violinist Susan Ramsey and bassist Michael Burd, with sound by Tom Gordon. He has recorded 17 albums, including The Fable True in 2007, based on Thoreau's last expedition in 1857. and Alright Now a collection of songs including "Beautiful," dedicated to his daughter Molly.
He has performed in town halls and folk clubs across America and Europe in addition to major venues such as Barns of Wolf Trap, Newport Folk Festival, and Prairie Home Companion. The Bangor Daily News recognized him as one of the 58 most memorable Mainers of the 20th Century. The readers of Folkwax voted him "2003 Artist of the Year" and his album Artist in Me as "2003 Album of the Year".
His sons, Will and Luke, perform as The Mallett Brothers Band.
David Mallett has released seventeen albums:
- 1978: David Mallett
- 1979: Pennsylvania Sunrise
- 1981: Hard Light
- 1983: Open Doors and Windows
- 1986: Vital Signs
- 1988: For a Lifetime
- 1993: This Town
- 1995: In the Falling Dark
- 1997: Parallel Lives
- 1999: Ambition
- 2003: Artist in Me
- 2006: Midnight on the Water
- 2007: The Fable True
- 2009: Alright Now
- 2012: Greenin' Up
- 2015: The Horse I Rode In On
- 2016: Celebration
- Lewis Taylor, "Mallett's career continues to grow", The Register Guard, September 5, 2003 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Tom Groening, "The Maine Woods Muse: In 'The Fable True,' folk singer David Mallett puts music to the haunting words of Henry David Thoreau", Bangor Daily News, October 16, 2007 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Tom Groening, "David Mallett: The artist in Maine Folk musician gets national honors", Bangor Daily News, February 4, 2004 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).