Malcolm Holcombe

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Malcolm Holcombe
Malcolm Holcombe 2007.jpg
Holcombe at Plein Theater, Amsterdam, Netherlands (30 May 2007)
Background information
Born (1955-09-02) September 2, 1955 (age 66)
Asheville, North Carolina
GenresFolk music, Americana music, Alternative country music
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1996–present
LabelsHip-O, Music Road, Munich, Gypsy Eyes, Southbound, Proper

Malcolm Holcombe (born September 2, 1955 in Asheville, North Carolina) is a singer, songwriter, and performer.


Early history[edit]

Holcombe was born in Asheville, N.C. and raised in Weaverville, N.C.[1] in his teen years, he played in local bands The Hilltoppers and Redwing, and later performed solo as a singer-songwriter.[2]

After high school, Holcombe attended college and tech school, but quit to play music around the Southeast. He partnered with Ray Sisk and Dallas Taylor in a trio, and Holcombe and Sam Milner released the album Trademark in 1985.[3]

A Hundred Lies[edit]

Holcombe moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1990, working as a dishwasher and playing open mic shows. In 1996, Holcombe signed with Geffen Records.[4] Promotional copies of his debut album A Hundred Lies drew praise from critics, but the album was not officially released until 1999 by Hip-O Records.[2]

Subsequent recordings[edit]

Holcombe returned to North Carolina, married, and released several albums independently. His 2008 album Gamblin' House was produced by Ray Kennedy and released on North Carolina-based label Echo Mountain.[5]

2010's To Drink the Rain was produced by Jared Tyler, who also played resonator guitar. Dave Roe (bass), Luke Bulla (fiddle), Bobby Kallus (drums), and Shelby Eicher (mandolin) provided accompaniment.[6]

For The RCA Sessions in 2014, Holcombe re-recorded at least one song from each of his previous albums and EP, and one new song "Mouth Harp Man." Guests included Tyler, David Roe Rorick (bass), Tammy Rogers (fiddle, mandolin), Ken Coomer (drums), Jellyroll Johnson (harmonica), and Siobhan Maher Kennedy (vocals). Maura O'Connell duets with Holcombe on "A Far Cry From Here."[7]

Pretty Little Troubles in 2017 was produced by Darrell Scott and accompanied by Tyler, Dennis Crouch (bass), Verlon Thompson (guitar), and Marco Giovino (percussion).[8]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1994: A Far Cry From Here (Io Music)
  • 1999: A Hundred Lies (Hip-O)
  • 2003: Another Wisdom (Purple Girl)[9]
  • 2005: I Never Heard You Knockin' (self-released)[10]
  • 2006: Not Forgotten (Munich)[11]
  • 2008: Gamblin' House (Echo Mountain)[12]
  • 2009: For the Mission Baby (Echo Mountain)[13]
  • 2011: To Drink the Rain (Music Road)[14]
  • 2012: Down The River (Gypsy Eyes)[15]
  • 2014: The RCA Sessions (Proper) re-recorded previously-released material plus an EP[4]
  • 2014: Pitiful Blues (self-released)
  • 2016: Another Black Hole (Proper)[16]
  • 2017: Pretty Little Troubles (Gypsy Eyes)[17]
  • 2018: Come Hell or High Water (Singular Recordings)
  • 2018: Animated Sanctuary b/w Justice In The Cradle (single) (Need To Know)
  • 2019: Lumberjack (Hardcore Dollar) b/w The Old North Side (single) (Need To Know)
  • 2020: Tricks of the Trade (Singular Recordings) (Issued on vinyl, Spring 2021)

With Sam Milner[edit]

  • 1984: Trademark (Upstream)

As composer[edit]

Also appears on[edit]

  • 2000: Jenn Adams - In the Pool (White Boxer)
  • 2003: various artists - The Slaughter Rule (Bloodshot) - track 19, "Killing the Blues"
  • 2003: various artists - The Living Room: Live in NYC, Vol. 1 (Stanton St.) - track 5, "To the Homeland"; track 6, "Dressed in White"; track 7, "Yesterdays Clothes"
  • 2004: various artists - Return to Cold Mountain: Songs Inspired By the Film (Compendia Music Group) - track 3, "Back in '29"
  • 2006: Dayna Kurtz - Another Black Feather (Munich / Kismet)
  • 2011: various artists - The Six Sessions (Continental Song City) - track 1-17, "Leonard's Pigpen"


  1. ^ Levenson, Luke (April 6, 2017). "Malcolm Holcombe Keeps Telling Appalachian Tales on Pretty Little Troubles". Nashville Scene. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bledsoe, Wayne (April 13, 2017). "Malcolm Holcombe: the songwriter's songwriter". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  3. ^ Cuccaro, Richard (September 1, 2016). "Malcolm Holcombe: Delivering the Storm". Acoustic Times. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Flynn, Michael (November 18, 2015). "Up from one very hard life, Malcolm Holcombe riding high". Black Mountain News. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Cooper, Peter (December 31, 2007). "Malcolm Holcombe - An appalachian ghost story". No Depression. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  6. ^ Gallacher, Alex (January 14, 2011). "Malcolm Holcombe - To Drink the Rain". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Calvin Powers (March 31, 2015). "Malcolm Holcombe – The RCA Sessions". Americana Music Show. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  8. ^ Hynes, Jim (April 7, 2017). "Malcolm Holcombe: Pretty Little Troubles". Elmore Magazine. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Malcolm Holcombe – Another Wisdom". Uncut. May 1, 2004. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  10. ^ Cornell, Rick (April 30, 2005). "Malcolm Holcombe - I Never Heard You Knockin'". No Depression. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Bob Gottlieb. "Not Forgotten: Malcolm Holcombe". Acoustic Music. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  12. ^ "Malcolm Holcombe On Mountain Stage". NPR Music. January 21, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  13. ^ Eli Petersen (August 27, 2009). "Malcolm Holcombe- For the Mission Baby". Twangville. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  14. ^ Gilstrap, Andrew (May 9, 2011). "Malcolm Holcombe: To Drink the Rain". PopMatters. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  15. ^ Al Maginnes. "Malcombe Holcombe". Music City Roots. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  16. ^ staff writer (February 1, 2016). "Trail Mix: New Albums from Larry Keel and Malcolm Holcombe". Blue Ridge Outdoors. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  17. ^ Kopp, Bill (March 31, 2017). "Album review: 'Pretty Little Troubles' by Malcolm Holcombe". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved July 31, 2017.

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