Steve’s Corner April 2009

This was an email that was sent out to Bill Mallonee’s mailing list. I thought it was a great little write up/story, so I figured it would make a great column this issue. I consider Bill Mallonee and his wife my friends, and I genuinely admire them and respect them for their honesty and integrity. I’ve seen Bill get kicked around quite a bit online… that coupled with the fact that I don’t think his music gets the attention it deserves is a blow that would probably drop a lesser person. I’m glad that I have this forum to express my admiration for them, and I’m glad that Bill still puts out the most consistent, well-written Americana/Folk that I know of. I, for one, need his music in my life.

Bill Mallonee / Vigilantes of Love Bio Quotes: Athens, Ga.


– Review Quotes –

Bill Mallonee: #65 in Paste Magazine’s “100 Greatest Living Songwriter’s” Poll

“The poetry and intelligence of Bill Mallonee’s songs rivals Dylan’s, and the spirituality and inspiration of them is like the timeless hymns. He’s one of my favorite all time artists.” –Buddy Miller (No Depression Magazine’s Artist of the Decade)

“…the best folk-rock act nobody’s ever hear of…” – New York Press

“Bill Mallonee… [has] remained fascinated with the shadowy emotional toils and struggles inherent in the American experience, compelling, insightful, [he] continues to probe through Americana rock and roll proving that sometimes the only story worth telling is that of the journey.” – Rolling Stone

“Dylan-tinged vocal and introspective lyrics that spin out big-picture stories imbued with chilling small details.” – Billboard

“Mallonee’s songs give words to shadowy fears of intimacy, of its loss, even of the value of what he feels compelled to do.” – USA Today

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