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Malcolm Holcombe: 'Goin' Home'

Malcolm Holcombe makes what Rolling Stone magazine calls "haunted country." hide caption

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Malcolm Holcombe makes what Rolling Stone magazine calls "haunted country."

Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is a singer and guitarist making what Rolling Stone magazine calls "haunted country, acoustic blues and rugged folk."

Holcombe has toured with Shelby Lynne and opened for Merle Haggard, Richard Thompson, John Hammond, Leon Russell and Wilco.

Holcombe's 2006 CD release, Not Forgotten features a small combo of experienced players, including bassist Bill Reynolds (Donna the Buffalo), and dobro player Jared Tyler (David Wilcox). It's a meeting ground where traditional and contemporary folk, rock and blues all converge.

Holcombe's previous album, 2005'd I Never Heard You Knockin' was called "Holcombe at his best" by No Depression magazine. The Wall Street Journal's Jim Fusilli called the CD "a stunning aural equivalent of found art", and named it one of the best discs of 2005.

"Raised with a love of music and reading by my Mother and encouragement by my Father (who told me 'don't quit your day job') I learned to play a flat-top guitar," says Holcombe. Holcombe was born and raised in Asheville, NC in the 1950s. In 1990 he moved to Nashville.

"Nashville days - yeah man- simply hard and frustrating beyond no man lands expressions and tales," says Holcombe. The rest is scribbled and slung down in songs - sad, sure and subtle. I continue performing, writing and supporting my family and blood flowin' folk ballads with no sound explanation - It's my job."