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Music has always been part of Lightnin' Malcolm's heart and soul. From the moment he discovered an old raggedy guitar with a couple of strings and cassette of Muddy Waters his life and the music world would change forever. Malcolm's journey began near the railroad tracks in rural Southeast Missouri. For the next several years Malcolm would travel the world spreading his love for the blues. It wasn't until Malcolm settled in North Mississippi that he had a musical epiphany. He was drawn to the hill country blues first made famous by Fred McDowell and later R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Jessie Mae Hemphill.
"I first came to Mississippi in about 1993 and fell in love with the music and the people here. It was a spiritual thing. When I heard the fife and drums and hill country music it really touched me because that was the closest thing to the music I was hearing in my head."
Malcolm eventually joined forces with blues royalty Cedric Burnside. Over the next few years, the duo released two critically acclaimed albums "Juke Joint Duo" and "Two Man Wrecking Crew." The duo toured constantly around the globe and won the 2009 Blues Music Award for Best Debut Artist. They've also appeared with mainstream artists such as Jimmy Buffet and Big Head Todd & The Monsters.
Malcolm's journey around the world has come full circle as he returns to the hill country to team up with Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of blues legend Junior Kimbrough. Cameron's creative energy, versatile playing, combined with his natural family talent creates a perfect fit for Malcolm's hypnotic grooves. The new material is high energy hill country blues fused with modern elements of funk, reggae, soul, and rock. The music unites musicians and audience as they interact in a hypnotic dance with everybody rejoicing to the power and joy of the music we call the Blues!
Visit Malcolm's Website: http://www.lightninmalcolm.net