Lightnin’ Malcolm releases his debut solo release Renegade, this Tuesday April 12 under Ruf Records. Lightnin’ Malcolm will be touring in support of the new release. He will celebrate the release with a special CD Release Party on April 16 & 17 at the annual Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, MS.
“The songs on this album are definitely the result of years livin’ the renegade lifestyle,” says Malcolm. “The renegade cuts against the grain, doin’ things his own way and on his own terms. You are what you’ve done and the legacy you leave behind is the life you live everyday. It’s all about the music and the only way to play is to live it. Many of these songs fuse the blues I learned from my Elders with new ideas and sounds that are around us. To me, the blues is the root of everything, the rhythm and true stories of life. I’m writin’, playin’ and singin’ as close to the root element as I can; and when you put this electricity into it, it comes out modern.”.