LIVE: David Mallett @ The Linda, 12/12/09

December 16th, 2009, 11:56 am by Greg


At 59, Maine native David Mallett has had quite the career. Inspired by Gordon Lightfoot and Bob Dylan to pick up the guitar, it was Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary fame in the 1970s who mentored him as he wrote one of the great songs of the lexicon of American folk music, “The Garden Song,” a classic that’s been recorded by Pete Seeger, among many others.

Through out the ensuing years Mallett would go on to write important songs for the likes of Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Hal Ketchum, and yes, even the Muppets – hey, remember that Kermit, Ms. Piggy and the gang have been international superstars for over 30 years!

Mallett is truly a singer-songwriter’s songwriter. But he’s also a great performer whose songs conjure vivid visions about rural town life, the passage of time and the common man – songs about everything from from the drudgery of factory life to the hard life of a commercial fisherman.

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Five Firsts: David Mallett

December 10th, 2009, 12:06 pm by Greg

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1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Another Side of Bob Dylan”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … probably a country western show like Hal Lone Pine or Dick Curless, both very popular in Maine in my youth

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER PLAYED OR OWNED WAS … my first guitar was a 1962 Martin 0-18

4. THE FIRST SONG I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … probably some old standard like “Till We Meet Again.” I was so young I can’t recall.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … the Mallett Brothers, circa 1963

Maine’s premier singer-songwriter David Mallett steps into the spotlight at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (December 12) in support of his latest album, “Alright Now,” on North Road Records.

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