Bob Malone talks to Music Friday Live between tours

BobMalone_LiveIn_la__MIC_300_SQ.jpgIt is hard to know where to start with Bob Malone.  He has toured the world as a solo artist for two decades and has played keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty since 2011. Along the way he has create a one of-a-kind hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B sound which he delivers with high-energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own.  From New Jersey originally and now living in LA after time in New York City, New Orleans and Boston, he has absorbed the musical energy of all of these cities – one reason why he writes and plays such  high energy synthesis music.

 In addition to playing and recording with the Fogerty band, Malone plays an average of 100 solo shows a year – which makes me wonder how he manages the find the time or the strength for a radio interview.  But he has, and I am hoping he can tell us about sharing stages with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Rickie Lee Jones, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Dr. John and many others.

 Malone is leaving soon for London and a another tour.  He regularly tours the US, UK, Europe and Australia and has played sets at Glastonbury Music Festival (UK), Colne Blues Festival (UK), Long Beach Bayou Fest (US), Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (US), Blue Mountains Music Fest (AU), and Narooma Blues Fest (AU). At New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he has twice played at the legendary WWOZ Piano Night.

 And he records! In addition to releasing seven albums of his own, and playing on scores of others as a session player and singer, Malone plays on the 2012 John Fogerty album, wrote A Song For Everyone, including John’s duets with Bob Seger,  Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban. And he goes on TV!  Malone’s TV appearances with John Fogerty include The Late Show With David Letterman and The View.

You have also probably heard Malone’s own music on Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and The Rachel Ray Show. Malone’s albums have earned Top-20 spots on the Living Blues, Roots Music Report and Earshot radio charts, and are played on stations worldwide, including Sirius/XM’s Bluesville, and NPR’s Car Talk, Acoustic Café and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour.

 In September 2014, Mojo EP was released in the UK, with the EP and accompanying 25-date UK tour piling up rave reviews and airplay, including Paul Jones’s BBC blues show, and a live session and interview on JazzFM London. Malone’s 12-song Mojo Deluxe album will be released worldwide in spring of 2015. Kurzweil Music Systems chose Malone to record the demo videos for their new Forte digital piano, and on and on – in short, Bob Malone may well be one of the greatest and most honored keyboard and piano players alive today.


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