“In a time of derivative, uninspiring pop music, Bob Malone brings back some good old-fashioned fun. A cross between Dr. John, Ray Charles, Professor Longhair and Billy Joel, Malone is intensely funny and an awesome blues/jazz piano player. He is not to be missed live. “The Darkest Part Of The Night” is phenomenal, featuring such rocking piano classics as "I Know He's Your Husband (But He Don't Know That I'm Your Man)," "It Took An Older Woman (To Make A Man Out Of Me)," and "Just 'Cause I Came In Here Alone (Don't Mean I Want To Go Home With You)," and a high-octane version of Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited." For an independent debut, Malone's production and songwriting savvy is quite mature.” A+ NORMAN TRANSCRIPT
“Though mostly compared to New Orleans characters like Dr. John, Bob Malone sounds more like a cross between Delbert McClinton and John Hiatt. He portrays the likeable rascal, raising hell with a twinkle in his eye, like McClinton, yet his songs are so well written, he's in Hiatt's league as a scribe. Surprised? Don't be. The only question I have is: why isn't this man on a major label?
His 1997 release, The Darkest Part Of The Night, recorded in a single blowout session with a nine piece band and no overdubs, is the record that Little Feat have been trying to make for years. His raucous piano style drives home hilarious stomps like "I Know He's Your Husband (But He Don't Know That I'm Your Man)" and "It Took An Older Woman (To Make A Man Out Of Me)". Has this sort of thing been done before? Of course. Is it being done better by anyone else? Nope. Oh, by the way, Malone also finds time to arrange all the horn charts himself. Busy fellow.
Yet Malone is more than just a chest thumper. Pretty piano ballads like the road weary "Gold Rush Inn" and "Where My Heart Will Be Found" show a sensitive side, and a man with a gift for crafting tender melody lines. This talent is rare today. In any style.
The Darkest Part Of The Night is a great record, one that fairly leaps from the speakers. Quite an introduction. Lets hope it gets noticed.” CRITICS CORNER REVIEWS
"Mixing equal parts swing, Blues and jazz, Malone's lighthearted songs charm and set the feet in motion. Born in New Jersey, he sounds like a New Orleans native son." LISTEN.COM
"Malone is a piano-man who mixes elements of blues, jazz, swing, and modern pop into one stout brew. If that has been a hard sell with the labels, it's the only place." PERFORMING SONGWRITER
"The grand tradition of barrelhouse piano as practiced by Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and Little Feat's Bill Payne...the best of American musical tradition."
Los Angeles based BOB MALONE plays over 100 shows a year all over the world, and he has opened for and/or played with The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Boz Scaggs, Vonda Shepard, Arlo Guthrie, and many others. He was featured as a “One to Watch” artist on NPR’s Acoustic Cafe, as well as being on a Performing Songwriter Magazine Best of DIYs compilation CD. His music has been featured on Car Talk, and TV shows Dr. Phil, The Rachel Ray Show, Jag, and All My Children. “Born Too Late,” is being played on over 300 NPR and Adult Album Alternative radio stations, including steady rotation at XM Satellite Radio’s Bluesville and The Village. Bob is a three-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for independent musicians.