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Eddie Owen Presents: Michelle Malone- Jim Bianco-Emily Lynch

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                              Armed with a bottleneck slide, blues harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals, MICHELLE MALONE was born in the Deep South and grew up listening to her mother sing in the church choir every Sunday. When it came time to craft her own sound, she took those religious roots, blended in enough rock, folk, and blues to satisfy. The result is, Debris, a high-spirited stripped down blend of rootsy acoustic slide, gritty electric blues and explosive vocals that harkens back to the lost recordings of Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and The Rolling Stones.

JIM BIANCO, is a charismatic singer/songwriter and multiple instrumentalist based out of Southern California, perhaps best known for his popular clique residencies at the revered Hotel Café in Los Angeles. As an independent acoustic artist, Bianco’s captivating, sexually-charged solo performances—as well as his collaborations with other Hotel Café artists and with his full band—have made him one of the kingpins of the singer/songwriter renaissance of the early-2000s. Since moving to Los Angeles, Bianco has released six studio albums. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bianco grew up mostly in Long Island and learned to play piano at a young age. With a music vocation and an inspirational well of Miles Davis, Tom Waits and Loudon Wainwright, Bianco moved to Boston to attend college at Berklee College of Music, where he studied jazz piano and earned a degree in music education. After traipsing around Europe he relocated to Los Angeles in 2000, and while there was one of the early gravitators to the newly opened Hotel Café space, a coffeehouse that hosted an open mic songwriter night. Using a simple principle—“that the most important instrument that you can use is your heart”—Bianco’s early performances spurred one of the Hotel Café’s biggest perpetuators, Gary Jules, to invite the newly moved transplant into an opening slot. Thus began the singer/songwriter renaissance that not only put the Hotel Café on the map, but catapulted many buskers and songwriters into an until-then nonexistent spotlight. Bianco and his fans are currently anticipating the release of his upcoming record "Cookie Cutter" - due for release this spring. It will feature 17 songs, written for and about real people, specifically, real Jim Bianco fans. 17 fans were asked 69 questions and from their answers, Jim wrote a song for them. The songs run the gamut between the heartbreaking to the ridiculous.

The voice of EMILY LYNCH in her self-titled 2011 release is so refreshingly pure and authentic that at moments it is hard to believe it is her debut album. She gracefully transitions from the twangy up-tempo opener, “Gone”, into the introspective and spell-binding romantic ode, “Amy’s Song”, penned by Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra). Her homage to Tom Waits in her version of classic, “Hold On” (Mule Variations, 1999), demonstrates a respectful and artistic vulnerability.

There is an admirable list of seasoned artists who contributed their talents to the making of her debut record. Patty Griffin’s long-time guitarist, Dave Rolfe, provides thoughtful, lush and melodic guitar landscapes that give heavier purpose and depth to Emily’s lyrical and vocal performances. The pedal steel work by Smith Curry (Kid Rock, Taylor Swift), lends a well-rounded Nashville experience to the tracks, while Rebecca and Megan Lovell (Larkin Poe, The Lovell Sisters) masterfully color the songs with mandolin and dobro prowess that effectively steals the spotlight at just the right moments

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