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Michelle Malone

Folk-rocker Michelle Malone was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, spending her summers on tour with her mother, a pop singer-turned-gospel vocalist. While attending Agnes Scott College, Malone befriended the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, who in turn encouraged her to pursue a career in music; she soon quit school and honed her skills in local clubs, issuing her debut album New Experience in 1988. Forming the band Drag the River, she returned two years later with Relentless, followed… Show more

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(no rating) Friday, March 29, 2013 - accessAtlanta - Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“I’ve never been the kind of person who could go against my gut. I’m just not a good faker and I love that about me. But at the same time, if I was really good at faking it, I’d be hugely rich and famous at this point. I could probably have a fake twang and a fake band and let somebody shape and mold me. But that’s just not who I am.”

Michelle Malone makes this statement while picking at a mostly untouched salad. She looks up with a shrug and a half-smile, unapologetic in her self-assessment.

Sitting in Shorty’s Pizza in Tucker – a grungy-cool place that Malone has played many times in her 25-year-plus career – the Atlanta singer-songwriter-guitarist is alternately funny (“The beautiful thing about what I do is I don’t have to worry about getting laid off”); introspective (“The stage is really the only place I was really comfortable and offstage I’ve always been really uncomfortable”); and bracingly forthright (“I’ve never felt so much freedom and confusion at the same time, but it’s so wonderful to n

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