Dead Coast Presents: Malcolm Holcombe

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Dead Coast Presents: Malcolm Holcombe

June 13 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$15

Dead Coast Presents: Malcolm Holcombe with Ryan Joseph Anderson

Thursday, June 13th

$12 in advance ⎮ $15 at the door

Malcolm Holcombe grew up in western North Carolina, home to some of the planet’s oldest mountains and some of America’s deepest musical traditions. Radio and TV fueled Malcolm’s musical passions as a kid, and music became even more important after he lost both his parents relatively young.He toured with bands and landed in Nashville, where he took up an inconspicuous station at the back of the house – the very back – at Douglas Corner, one of the city’s best singer/songwriter venues. Stories began to circulate about the mysterious dishwasher with the subterranean voice and oracle-like talent. Sadly so did stories of wildly inconsistent behavior – profound sweetness crossed by bouts of stunning abrasiveness. He flirted with an official music career. But his stunning debut album made for Geffen Records was abruptly shelved, producing melodrama that only exacerbated Malcolm’s drinking and depression. A business that once had a place for complicated genius turned its back on him, and he teetered near the edge. Moving back to the North Carolina hills proved a powerful tonic. Holcombe let in help where before he’d pushed it away. With deep faith in God and a commitment to his art, Holcombe repaired himself and his career. And that’s a pretty good nod to the effect of hearing Holcombe sing. If you’ve not seen him in a live setting, this is what you have to do. His presence is spooky and timeless, as one imagines it was like to see Son House or Leadbelly. No emotional stone is left unturned. While you plan for this important experience, collect Malcolm Holcombe albums… He is cryptic, demanding, polarizing, bold, passionate and free, a combination badly needed in our time of infinite trivia. He’s even more interesting for having made a remarkable journey of recovery and discovery.

This artist is featured on our Listen IC June 2019 playlist, a playlist created by our Nighttime Mayor, Joe Reilly, that highlights musical acts that are going to be performing HERE in Iowa City this summer. Click here to listen: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0TYxDPzy4mboptyyLrS8yN?si=Z5Eg8AbmS3C9oIve8TBo9g6

Venue

The Mill
120 E Burlington St
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Phone:
319-351-9529
Website:
http://icmill.com/
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