“The poetry and the passion of Malcolm Holcombe are better beheld than described. His songs seem to use the same language that the songs of other songwriters do, but they nonetheless go together quite differently more often than not. In performance, he usually starts out pretty low key, but there’s a volatility that bubbles up and starts to run out of his eyes and his hands and his mouth, as his energy starts to inhabit the room. He can’t stay sitting for too long, and he’ll just jump out of the chair and start stalking between verses. And without sitting back down, he’s likely to just bend down and bellow into the microphone where it was set before he got up. He handles his guitar more and more roughly as the show moves along, although the precision in his fingerstyle does not diminish. It simply seems like he’s gonna pop a few strings or pull the spruce top off his Martin, but I’ve never seem him do either.” – Frank Goodman / Puremusic.com
“From the first note I was drawn in. Malcolm Holcombe is an old soul and a modern day blues poet.” — Lucinda Williams
“Malcolm Holcombe is the best songwriter I ever threw out of my recording studio.” – Steve Earle
Riding the rails from Buffalo to California while still a teenager, Case performed as a street musician in San Francisco before joining Jack Lee and Paul Collins to form The Nerves. The group’s single, “Hanging on the Telephone,” would later become a Top 10 hit for Blondie. Case then moved to LA and formed The Plimsouls. The group landed a deal with Geffen on the strength of the hit song, “A Million Miles Away,” which they performed in the movie “Valley Girl”.
A three-time Grammy nominee for his work as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, his songs have been featured in movies and TV shows including “True Blood”, “Friday Night Lights”, and “Parenthood” and have been covered by artists as diverse as Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, Alejandro Escovedo, Marshall Crenshaw, the Goo Goo Dolls, and the Go-Go’s.
The author of several books, Case is the central figure in the feature-length documentary “TROUBADOUR BLUES” by Pennsylvania filmmaker Tom Weber. The film also features Dave Alvin, Mary Gauthier and many other fine singer-songwriters in its honest and intimate look at the lives of modern-day wandering minstrels.
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