Oct. 28, 2014. The Malpass Brothers are as authentic as home-churned butter, country ham and red-eye gravy and pork barbeque, and they are every bit as good. Their musical sound is a little bit retro, with a retro look. The concert will feature old-style country music, rockabilly, bluegrass and a little bit of gospel and blues.
The Ashe County Arts Council is pleased to bring the up and coming Malpass Brothers to the stage of the Ashe Civic Center on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
“We are lucky to book a show with the Malpass brothers,” said Jane Lonon, executive director of the Arts Council. “They have a very busy touring schedule and we are happy that they are stopping in Ashe County.”
As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their grandfather’s photograph records. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age seven and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was ten. Today, they promote the work and music of country classic artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.
The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, the former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard of multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. The gifted musicians and songwriters have shared billing with Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart and more.
The title cut video from their “Memory That Bad” album hit CMT Pure Country’s Top Ten. Recently, the Malpass Brothers peformed at the IBMA in Raleigh.
With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to the legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two twenty-something siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.
Most critics call them the real deal. Their music is steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. and others. The audience can count on great music, good-natured fun, big high hair and maybe an Elvis twitch.
Tickets for the show are $16 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the Ashe Arts Center or over the phone at 336-846-2787.
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