What do you call an artist whose talent consistently transcends the endless parade of pre-chewed musical fad and fashion? What do you say about a two-fisted pianoman and singer-songwriter whosechops can blow the doors off any venue, and whose road-ready showmanship regularly leaves the audience hooting and howling for more? How do you categorize a down-home guy who came from the swamps of Jersey but whose music swings with the soul of New Orleans? An artist who writes songs that can tug your heart or split your sides with sardonic laughter…often at the same time? An artist who has complete command of the entire spectrum of American roots music…blues, jazz, ragtime, boogie woogie and more — and drags it all, kicking and screaming, into the twenty first century?
Ladies and gents, Bob Malone is that man, and yes, he is that good.
Over the last decade Malone has carved out a unique niche — burning up a quarter million miles of asphalt a year touring his own national circuit, a mix of art house and coffee house, posh theatres and skeevy dive bars, pounding out his sound for devoted fans across the land…then coming home to shiny, smoggy Hollywood to burn down one modern classic CD after another. Malone is a genuine hero of the by-your-own bootstraps indie scene, and he works it like a pro: delivering the goods, night after night, from solo gigs to full-blown band with backup singers and wailing horns, and everything in between.
But no matter what size room, center stage is Bob Malone: giving it his all every time the spotlight shines, a Mardi Gras madman pounding the keys ’til they scream for mercy and belting out a bourbon-soaked growl (even though he's long since sworn off the hooch) that spins tales of heartbreak, humor, and world weary humanity with seemingly effortless glee. Malone makes being the hardest working man in show business look easy …better yet, he makes it look fun.
With no radio promotion and — needless to say — no radio promotion budget, Malone’s 4th CD release, the live MALONE ALONE, still managed to find top-twenty spots on the Living Blues, Roots Music Report, and Earshot (Canada) radio charts in its first month of release. The CD also made the 2003 Grammy entry list for Best Contemporary Folk Album. In 2004, it won Best Live Album at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards. With his new CD, “BORN TOO LATE” (February 2006), Bob takes it up a notch while returning to some of the deep jazz roots he brought to vivid life while studying at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Malone’s new songs are masterful meditations filled with the kind of wry, dry insights about the stresses of our modern world that have led critics to dub him a “raconteur of the human condition.” In addition to Malone’s longtime crew of top-shelf L.A. backing musicians, the CD also features special guest turns by Handy Award winning acoustic blues masters Paul Rishell & Annie Raines.
Bob Malone continues to tour tirelessly, logging over 100 dates a year both as a headliner and as an opener for acts like The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Boz Scaggs, Manhattan Transfer, Marcia Ball, Arlo Guthrie, and Vonda Shepard, to name just a few. He has been featured on syndicated NPR shows “Car Talk,” “Acoustic Cafe,” “Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour,” and “Rock & Roots.” His songs have been heard on network TV shows “Jag,” “The Young & The Restless,” “All My Children,” “Cupid” and on the Travel Channel. Bob was an Acoustic Café “One To Watch” artist, and was featured on a Performing Songwriter Magazine Editors Choice compilation CD, as well as being voted one of the Best Unsigned Artists in LA five years in a row by Music Connection Magazine. Bob is also a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus award.
His collaboration with acapella vocal legends The Bobs has paid off in a new CD, “RHAPSODY IN BOB,” and sold out tours of fine arts centers and theatres all over America featuring their one-of-a kind interpretation of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
As if that wasn’t enough, Malone also writes prose: his road stories were highlighted along with Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Keith Richards, and Harry Connick Jr. in the 2002 Harper Collins book, “Working Musicians.” With four critically acclaimed CDs, a busy touring schedule, and a dynamically up-to-date website, Malone has established an impressive international fanbase, with extensive radio airplay and solid record sales.
Born and raised in the New Jersey outback, Bob Malone currently resides in Los Angeles where he lives with his lovely wife Karen Nash, a very nice cat named Zulu and a furry thing from hell called Bacchus.