VIDEO PREMIERE: Michelle Malone Brings Dreams to Life with Americana Rocker “Even The Queen”

Photo Credit: Jolie Loren Photography

A mainstay of American roots music for more than 30 years, Michelle Malone has built an award-winning career as a songwriter, road warrior, and modern-day guitar hero. Her music is ingrained in the sounds of the south, mixing the rebellious stomp of roadhouse rock and roll with the raw grit of blues, the holy-rolling rasp of gospel, the slow-motion swagger of country-soul, and the organic warmth of folk music. Proudly based in Atlanta, Georgia, she’s always worn her influences on her sleeve — but her music is unmistakably her own.

With her new album 1977, coming April 22nd via BFD/The Orchard, Michelle returns to her roots as a singer/songwriter. This is an organic, stripped-down album that finds her looking to the past to help make sense of the present. Informed by artists like Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, and Fleetwood Mac — all of whom were mainstays on the FM radio during the late 1970s, back when Michelle first picked up her guitar and began to play along — 1977 tones down the amplified bombast of her previous albums, focusing instead on a reflective mix of acoustic guitar, timeless melodies, and unforced arrangements. It’s a reminder that Michelle Malone’s songs always pack a punch, regardless of the decibel level.

Michelle had already spent decades on the road by the time she began writing 1977, regularly playing more than 200 shows a year. Most of those shows took place in clubs and noisy bars — places where her skills as a show-stopping vocalist and hotshot slide guitarist enabled her not only to express herself, but to rise above the clamor of the room, too. Along the way, she turned a number of heroes into genuine fans, from music industry legend Clive Davis (who personally signed Michelle to her major-label record deal with Arista, years before she launched her own label and kickstarted her journey as a do-it-yourself independent) to collaborators like Gregg Allman, Shawn Mullins, and the Indigo Girls.

A nostalgic record for today’s world, 1977 doubles as a reminder from a longtime highway queen to slow down and listen.

Today Glide is excited to premiere the video fro “Even The Queen,” one of the standout songs on the new album. With an airy guitar line and a clean beat, the song is a straightforward Americana tune that carries a simple message about wishing for more in life. “Everyone thinks the grass is always greener – everyone wishes for something,” says Michelle. Indeed, the lyrics are matched by flourishing guitar solos and catchy harmonies, bringing to mind the kind of song craft that would make Tom Petty smile.

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