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January 20, 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
Suffolk, VA 23434
$25-30 for Reserved Seating. Members save up to 10%.
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The Malpass Brothers

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Malpass Brothers are as authentic as home-churned butter, stone-ground grits, country ham and red-eye gravy, and pork barbecue … 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. 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 legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-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.

As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their grandfather’s phonograph 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, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams. They opened for mentor and iconic music legend Merle Haggard for a number of years, and they have appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Current concert venues span the gamut — performing arts centers, colleges and universities, bluegrass and roots music festivals, music halls and celebrations highlighting Americana and vintage country music. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their “Memory That Bad” album hit CMT Pure Country’s Top Ten.

This is the real deal, folks. There is no pretense. This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others. Count on classic, real country. Count on new Malpass tunes. Count on a couple of old-time traditional gospels. Count on giggles and ribbing between brothers, along with daddy on the bass, who’s bound to be thinking, “What the hell are they doing now?” Count on some big, high hair, and maybe an Elvis twitch or two. Count on lines at the CD table … and count on logging on to see where they’ll be next.

The Malpass Brothers CD “Memory That Bad” was produced in 2011 by Merle Haggard on the Hag Records label. Their most recent CD, “The Malpass Brothers” was produced by Doyle Lawson on Organic Records, released in spring of 2015.