David Mallett

DavidMallett-headshot-150dpi“David Mallett harkens back to the earnest ambitions and heartfelt melodies of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, singing with the conviction that folk can still be heroic.”  – The New York Times

With the release of Celebration, David Mallett’s 17th collection of original music, he continues to build on his reputation as a consummate American songwriter. The album is already drawing praise for Mallett’s sophisticated, poetic — almost literate — approach to his music, leading one critic to proclaim “somebody’s got to make this man the musical poet laureate of… America.”

“Every time I do a record, I feel as though I’m done for good, like I’ll never write another song,” Mallett said. “But I was snowed in in a hotel in Machias, Maine — the perfect setting for tapping into something — and I found this little melody and the lyrics began to come. That’s how it always happens. I’ll go three or four years and something will snap and we’re right back at it again. It gets a little crazier each time — the process I mean —but overall, better. I think the longer you have your tools the more you know them.”

For over four decades, Maine-based David Mallett has remained a quintessential modern troubadour, performing thousands of shows, from backwoods grange halls to Wolf Trap, A Prairie Home Companion and The Newport Folk Festival. His songs have been sung in concert halls, festivals and folk clubs around the world by himself and many of the world’s most iconic singers, including Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Pete Seeger.