Saturday, December 9 / 9:30 pm-12:30 am
Invoking the soulfulness of Joni Mitchell, the raw power of Brandi Carlile, and the enchantment of Linda Ronstadt, Jessica Malone is not a mere blend of her influences but an acknowledgement of them—mixed with something purely singular and unique. Malone combines a sultry voice, introspective lyrics, and an earthy folk-roots backing band to create both a healing balm for troubled times and a soundtrack for happier days, mastering the art of the solo acoustic songbird confession while also celebrating a rambunctious and rollicking full sound.
The winner of several SAMMIES (Sacramento Music Awards) as Artist of the Year, Singer-songwriter of the Year, and Folk/Bluegrass Artist of the Year, Malone, who holds a BA in Vocal Performance, currently resides in Northern California, where she performs regularly with her band. Nat Keefe (Hot Buttered Rum) describes Jessica Malone’s performance as, “the real deal. Jessica has an honest voice and sings to connect, to comfort, to celebrate.”
For fans of soulful folk, explorative alternative, and those wishing to reach the true heart of rock & roll, Malone’s music is highly recommended as an authentic avenue to a rendezvous with a kindred spirit. And after opening for the likes of John Paul White and Front Country—while sharing festival billings with Robert Plant, Avett Brothers, and Trampled By Turtles —Jessica Malone is well on her way to the national spotlight. She’s been a Crazy Horse favorite for many years and it has been an absolute pleasure to see her continue to blossom.
The current incarnation of her big band ranges from seven to ten members, with too many fantastic musicians to mention. Violinist Giorgi Khokhobashvili has been with her every step of the way, weaving his gypsy sorcery through the sound. We are also excited to have Hattie Craven adding her vocal harmonies to the mix this time around. The last time the band was here back in March, they revealed a whole new funky side of themselves with a horn section. We expect that to go even deeper this time around and a major dance party to ensue!