Atlanta native Michelle Malone's blend of gut-bucket slide guitar and sultry, soulful vocals caused Albert King to dub her "Moaning Malone" when she opened for him at Atlanta's Royal Peacock in 1988. "He said that [after] either hearing me sing or hearing me holler," Malone says. "I never was sure."
Malone's blend of Southern blues/rock has earned her comparisons ranging from Janis Joplin to Bonnie Raitt. "I've played so many kinds of music over such a long period of time, and have so many influences, that I don't really care what you call it," she says. "I write it all, so it must sound like me. To me, it's just Michelle Malone music."
Although she now resides in Alabama, near Muscle Shoals, she still considers Atlanta home. "I was here for 38 years, born and raised; all my family is from here," she says. "I'll always be an Atlanta artist, no matter where I live."
Malone is known for her stinging, electric slide sound; her latest release, due in May, will lean more toward the acoustic side she indulged in briefly on her last couple of records, '06's Sugarfoot and '03's Stompin' Ground. But acoustic doesn't mean less energetic.
"I don't know if you want to call it blues or Southern rock or whatever," Malone says of the upcoming, untitled release she's still writing. "But whatever you call it, it's definitely got a lot of slide on it, and it's gonna be upbeat and fun."
Michele Malone with Porterdavis. $15-$17. 7 p.m. Thurs., April 17. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com.
To hear a song from Malone, visit atlanta.creativeloafing.com and click on Music.