If you’ve got someone in your life so self-destructive that you’re at wit’s end, let Malcolm Holcombe offer a glimmer of hope. Fifteen years ago he was so far off the rails even those closest to him found it hard to envision him making it to the new millennium. And today, he’s living proof not only that it’s never too late to turn your life around, but also that you don’t have to be teetering on the precipice to make great art. Over the last decade he’s put out seven solid albums and one EP, and though he’s just a couple years shy of 60, he’s showing no signs of letting up. His latest, last year’s Down the River, produced by Ray Kennedy, features what may be his best supporting cast yet — Darrell Scott, Emmylou Harris, Viktor Krauss, Russ Pahl, Tammy Rogers and Kim Richey among them — but it’s still Holcombe’s gravelly voice, distinctive guitar work and abstract mountain-mystic songwriting that stand front and center. Highlights include the foot-stomping lead track “Butcher in Town,” “In Your Mercy” (sung from the point of view of an elderly woman in a nursing home), and “Trail o’ Money,” a duet with Steve Earle about the evils of greed and the supremacy of the human spirit.
Wed, Jul 10 | 8:30 PM
Douglas Corner Cafe