After just over a year of playing together, alt-country-rockers The Mallett Brothers Band swept the top categories at the 2011 Portland Phoenixï¿½s Best Music Awards, winning Best Local Act, Best Live Act, and Best Local Album. Their fall 2010 performance at the National Underground in NYC was listed among the ï¿½Best Shows of 2010â€³ by the award-winning music blog Hidden Track, and their debut album was named the Top New Local Album (Maine and New Hampshire) of 2010 by Bull Moose Music, after spending nearly a full year on the weekly Top 10 Local Album chart. They shared a bill with the likes of Derek Trucks, The Flaming Lips, Jakob Dylan and Furthur at the 2010 Nateva Festival; they regularly sell out establishments ranging from rock clubs to grange halls throughout New England; and at their March 2011 performance at Portlandï¿½s Port City Music Hall, more alcohol was allegedly consumed than at any other local show in the venueï¿½s history. The band most recently won first prize in the 2011 "Rockin' Country Showdown" put on by 99.9 The Wolf, southern Maine's #1 country station, beating out some very tough competition from all over New England.
While theyï¿½ve been called ï¿½a party that cannot be missedï¿½ (The Deli Magazine), ï¿½an authentic, rip-roarinï¿½ alt country bandï¿½ (The Portland Press Herald), ï¿½no softiesï¿½ (The Portland Phoenix), ï¿½amazingï¿½ (The Piscataquis Observer) ï¿½luminariesï¿½ (NonAlignmentPact), with their songwriting compared to Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt (The Bangor Daily News), Sam Pfeifle of the Portland Phoenix is perhaps most accurate in his observation that ï¿½this band always seems to be having a hell of a time, and that emotion is infectious.ï¿½