WINNER: Best Singer/Songwriter Album – 2002 Just Plain Folks Music Awards
“This tin-pan troubadour achieves perfection with his third album. An award-winning singer/ songwriter and piano man, Malone taps his New Orleans roots to explore life, love and irony in his own immutable way. Whisky vocals regale offbeat tales as boogie-woogie R&B shapes a Southern ambiance. Malone displays remarkable craftsmanship as he digs deep within himself, resulting in a self-portrait that reveals his warts as well as his wisdom.” MUSIC CONNECTION
“You’re a Baby Boomer wondering why nobody writes songs like your old favorites…that fueled the soundtrack of your youth – Bob Malone is the kind of guy that could make you weep.” THE PALM BEACH POST
“It starts with a slinky drumbeat, soon joined by a funky little electric piano lick and the sound of a swelling horn section. Then comes a bassline that sounds like a pimp bopping down the boulevard, and finally the raspy, world-weary vocal: “Between you and me, too many lovers have suffered...”
So goes the opening title track of Bob Malone’s latest, Like It or Not, and by the time the record ends with the words “last thing we need is another white guy singing the blues,” you’ve taken a musical cross-country trip, from “Meet Me in Manhattan” to “Texas,” with stops at the Crescent City, Memphis and Chicago along the way.
Malone is a people’s musician. The man is unafraid of unabashed sentimentality (try “Valentine’s Day” on for size) and the occasional slice of cornball humor (like the line “what I lack for brains I make up for in stupidity,” from “Moderation”). He’s unafraid to be heartfelt, and with his piano leading the way, from barrelhouse blues to an intro resembling nothing so much as a classical étude, what comes across most on this record is simple emotional communication, from one heart to another. And like it or not, that takes guts.” LOS ANGELES NEW TIMES
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.