"LIGHTNIN MALCOLM" "WORLD ROOTS MUSIC"
Cutting Edge Bluesman LIGHTNIN MALCOLM, a charismatic and energetic guitarslinger with a deep soulful voice, has taken his irresistable Dance grooves from Juke Joint teen years as a One Man Band to World stages with mainstream artists such as Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffett, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, The Black Keys, Widespread Panic, Big Head Todd, North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, and Gary Clark Jr.
The Mississippi based Multi-instrumentalist combines the Tribal Rhythms and raw electrifying power of the Hill Country Blues with melodic songwriting wisdom of heroes Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. MALCOLM fuses elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, West African World Beat, Gospel and Country to create an Authentic Signature sound in modern day World Roots Music.
MALCOLM won Blues Music Awards Best Debut Artist in 2009 and has since toured the Globe, releasing critically acclaimed albums "RENEGADE" and "ROUGH OUT THERE." He is a rhythmic Force of Nature, with a wild droning guitar style consisting of bass, rhythm, and lead syncopated together into churning tribal grooves that take listeners by storm. "Everywhere we go, people say we sound like a 5 or 6 piece band," he says. MALCOLM has made a major impact on the recent Mississippi Blues scene, bridging younger generational sounds with a telepathic feel to play with traditional Legends like Hubert Sumlin, R.L. Burnside, Honey Boy Edwards, James Cotton, T Model Ford, Robert Belfour, Big Jack Johnson, and Charlie Musselwhite etc...
MALCOLM generally performs as a Power Duo, with his Larger than Life Guitar riffs teamed up with razor sharp drums (Cedric Burnside, Cam Kimbrough, Stud, etc), or as the One Man Band (playing guitar, harmonica, and kick drums simultaneously) that made him a hit in Juke Joints across the South. "They used to send for me at juke joints as a One Man Band, and everybody would be dancin to Al Green, Johnnie Taylor,and Tyrone Davis. Then they would shut the jukebox off and stick me out in the middle of the floor... I'd be nervous because the jukebox sounded so good.... But this was how I was surviving and failure was not an option. You had to win them over on the first song or you wasnt gonna get another try... But once you did you was about to have the greatest night of your life!" he explains "My music was developed on Americas Funkiest Dancefloors!" This rigid training ground taught MALCOLM to be an alert and intense performer, with the stamina to channel and electrify the audiences emotions.
MALCOLM's new album "FOOT SOLDIER" drops 4.15.16 on Mississippi Indie Label SHAKEDOWN RECORDS. "FOOT SOLDIER" updates MALCOLM's relentless, hypnotic, foot stomping grooves and signature melodic songwriting in 11 new songs. Recorded live in the studio, it features MALCOLM in his original "1 MAN BAND" format, playing guitar and foot drums simultaneously in a raw, rock steady full sound that keeps the Juke Joint rocking All Night. Four performances were captured on high definition videos.