- By Barry Graham
- Category: Music
- May 10, 2014
Certain songs grab me and I simply am unable to let go. I’ve been accused of overplaying certain songs. Richmond Singer Songwriter Gerry Laverty’s wrenching tribute to a lover he is missing while at the Zion Crossroads, Narissa Bond’s “ 3 Words” and Tommy Malone’s “ Soul Heavy” are three that listeners have heard countless times in the 15 years that I have produced Acoustic Highway.
Malone, the primary songwriter for the on-again- off again band “The Subdudes” has released his third solo cd. With the Subdudes now on hiatus, he appears to be focused on his solo career with two releases in the past two years. 2013 saw “ Natural Born Days” and this year, “ Poor Boy.” Critics are claiming “Poor Boy” is Tommy Malone’s best release ever.
“Poor Boy” draws hard on Malone’s songwriting talents and his rock and roll roots. I had to work through some of the edgier cuts, but three grabbed me with their acoustic ambiance: Pretty Pearls, Once in A Blue Moon, and Crazy Little Johnny. All three showcase his ability to jump from an almost rockabilly/full band sound, to someone sitting on a doorstep stoop alone and strumming a guitar. That is a part of the enduring appeal that I witnessed when he performed years ago at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Offbeat Magazine wrote “…it’s a crime that Tommy Malone isn’t better known around the world.” I agree, yet regular listeners to the Acoustic Highway already know about him and with more cuts for me to work into the show, maybe now I can move away from the repeated airplay of “Soul Heavy”.Tweet