Compared to most musical artists in the Americana genre, Michelle Malone seems like a pair of distressed blue jeans amidst a sea of pantsuits. Unlike the surplus of self-professed rootsy rebels, one listen to this woman from Dixie and you know you’re hearing the real thing.
A singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose music is informed by blues, roadhouse rock & roll and Georgia soul, MIchelle Malone’s performances can go from contemplative and coffeehouse quiet to rowdy and “Twin reverb on 10” loud at the turn of a dime. Her passionate, uncompromising style has won her loyal following world wide, but most especially in the American south. She’s a wild-haired Rock Goddess, political singer/songwriter, passionate performer with early roots in the church choir – no single characterization tells the whole story.
Over the course of Malone’s career, she’s collaborated with artists from Gregg Allman to Bon Iver, Indigo Girls to Shawn Mullins, released more than a dozen records and went indie when it still took guts. Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Michelle Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous.
An interesting thing happens when a tight 5-piece band of respectively talented musicians ditches gimmicks and masks; honest, unpretentious, full-bodied music is born. The Jason Adamo Band started with the man himself, a truly soulful singer with inspired lyrics and raspy falsetto. Currently residing in Raleigh, NC, Adamo has lived in New York City and Nashville immersing himself in each cities music and songwriting scene. Jason recently received his first cut on a Major Label (“Beautiful Believer”) on Brett Young’s Big Machine Label Group debut LP “Brett Young”.
His version of “Beautiful Believer” has been released on an EP as part of a collection of songs written during his time spent living in Nashville (2013-2015). Adamo’s Joe Cocker-like “bold grit and heart,” and ability to take a captive audience from “engaged silence” to a “floor stomping, rollicking, good time.” With the addition of Doug Casteen (lead guitar), Alex McKee (bass), Fabio Consani (harmonica, acoustic guitar), and David Littlejohn (keyboard), who all bring years of unique experiences and influences, The Jason Adamo Band (JAB) creates a brotherly vibe and puts a new spin on Adamo’s classic soul.