Tommy Malone might forever be known as a founder and frontman for the widely admired subdudes, but as he reminded us last year with his first solo effort in ages, Natural Born Days, the guy is a force unto himself as a singer-songwriter (not to mention a dangerous slide guitarist). And productive.
Just ten months following the release of Natural Born Days, Malone will be back again with another recorded batch of songs, Poor Boy. His second release with M.C. Records, this one is said to include more new Malone originals plus a surprisingly Stevie Wonder cover. The advance single assures us that Malone isn’t straying from his roots, roots that are firmly in the soul-rich folk-rock tradition shared with Bob Dylan, The Band and the Byrds, and always with a swampy dash of the Crescent City that makes his music stand apart. With lyrics about standing his ground with his beliefs in love and kindness in the face of doubt that flow out so naturally, it instantly connects. That’s classic Tommy Malone.