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Michelle Malone

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The Hub 30A, Santa Rosa Beach – July 20, 2018

 

Under clear skies, dotted with the lingering smell of barbecue, Michelle Malone rocked The Hub stage for an all-ages audience. Malone and her four-piece band are on tour promoting her new album Slings and Arrows.

 

With her easy laugh and warm repertoire, Malone primarily stuck to original tunes. There was one notable exception. “It took a dark turn, I really liked it,” she said as let the opening segment of “Eleanor Rigby” speak for itself. The well-traveled Beatles song felt like a southern gothic siren’s call due to the changes in the arrangement.

 

Accentuated by a few high kicks and lot of foot stomping, Malone seemed to physically feel every bit of the music. She possesses a soul-laden voice that helps the listener feel something deep down within Malone’s brand of electrified bluesy soul.

 

But there’s more to Malone than her voice. She is a multi-instrumentalist and played guitar, slide guitar and harmonica over the course of the evening.

 

Near the close of the last set, she teased, “I think it’s late enough now that we can play love songs.”

 

From honey-dipped ballads to infectious southern grooves, Malone doles it all out and is backed by fantastic performers.

 

Discover more at MichelleMalone.com.

– Nikki Hedrick
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