Something Else! sneak peek: Tommy Malone, “You May Laugh” from Poor Boy (2014)

Tommy Malone feat

Tommy Malone might forever be known as a founder and frontman for the widely admired subdudes, but as he reminded us last year with his first solo effort in ages, Natural Born Days, the guy is a force unto himself as a singer-songwriter (not to mention a dangerous slide guitarist). And productive.

Just ten months following the release of Natural Born Days, Malone will be back again with another recorded batch of songs, Poor Boy. His second release with M.C. Records, this one is said to include more new Malone originals plus a surprisingly Stevie Wonder cover. But we can sample one of these fresh tunes, now, as “You May Laugh” is currently available for streaming.

Click here to listen to “You May Laugh”

The advance single assures us that Malone isn’t straying from his roots, roots that are firmly in the soul-rich folk-rock tradition shared with Bob Dylan, The Band and the Byrds, and always with a swampy dash of the Crescent City that makes his music stand apart. With lyrics about standing his ground with his beliefs in love and kindness in the face of doubt that flow out so naturally, it instantly connects. That’s classic Tommy Malone.

Malone is about to hit the road as a solo act, teaming up with fellow Louisiana legend Tab Benoit and even a handful of shows with the subdudes. Check the itinerary below for dates and places.

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Visit Tommy Malone’s website for more info.

All Dates with Tab Benoit except those with * – *Tommy Malone Duo

Feb. 20 – The Woodlands- 1200 W 3rd Ave, Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 21 – The State Theater – 404 S. BURDICK STREET, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Feb. 22 – Space – 1245 CHICAGO AVE, Evanston, Illinois

* Feb. 23 – Callahan’s – 2105 South Blvd, Auburn Hills, Michigan

Feb. 25 – 70 SANFORD STREET, Fairfield, Connecticut

Feb. 26 – Sellersville Theater – 24 TEMPLE STREET, Sellersville, PA

* Feb 27 – Black Eyed Sally’s – 350 Asylum St, Hartford, CT

Feb. 28 – BOULTON CENTER – 37 WEST MAIN ST, Bay Shore, New York

Mar. 1 – LE POISSON ROUGE – 158 BLEEKER ST., NEW YORK NY

Mar. 2 – Infinity Hall – 20 W. GREENWOODS RD. RT. 44, Norfolk, Connecticut

Mar. 3 & 4 – RAMSHEAD TAVERN – 33 WEST STREET, Annapolis, Maryland

Mar. 6 – BIRCHMERE – 3701 MT VERNON AVENUE, ALEXANDRIA VA

Mar. 7 – The Jewish Mother – 600 NEVAN ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH VA

Mar. 8 – THE LINCOLN THEATER – 126 E. CABARRUS STREET, RALEIGH NC

Mar. 21 – An Evening With The Subdudes – Herman’s Hideaway, Denver, CO

Mar. 22 – An Evening With The Subdudes – Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO

* Apr. 5 – French Street Festival – New Orleans, LA

* Apr. 12 – French Quarter Festival – New Orleans, LA

May 1 – An Evening With Subdudes- House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

* May 3 – 2:00 PM – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is a CPA and mid-level data analyst for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. Contact him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews.com.