The Rags of Absence by Bill Mallonee
& The Big Sky Ramblers
I'm a nationally recognized Americana singer/songwriter, recording and performing artist. Have been for almost 25 years. During that time, I've probably written close to 1,500 songs & recorded and released 75 albums. (Honest); Visit: www.billmalloneemusic.bandcamp.com and have a listen to any of the previous albums posted there.
I love my life, am grateful for God's gift.
It's the Best job a fella could have.
I still write about 50 songs a year.That's what this new project, "The Rags of Absence," is all about.
Almost all of my work (except for an 8 year span, 1992-2000 when my previous band, Vigilantes of Love, was signed to a major record label) has been done on independent labels or self-released.
What have I learned through all these records over many years?
I learned and have come to believe that good music (like all good art) should be about liberation of spirit; It should be suffused with grace, realness and authenticity. In my own experience, I found that the industry superstructure that much of today's music is "vended" through, was stifling, often producing mediocrity.
My heart and spirit wanted something more for the music & lyrics and themes that were taking shape inside of me.
And while I'm grateful for the previous experience of being a "signed" artist, there's something far more cool, far more energizing, and far more satisfying about being an indie artist. It has to do with creativity, following one's muse and building a substantive body of work I'm proud of.
My many years of experience in all aspects of studio work (be it engineering, recording, performing or mixing) stand me in good stead when it comes to handling the demands of making an album . As they say out here in the Southwest: "This isn't my first rodeo." I've worked with producers like Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Johnny Cash), Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Solomon Burke), John Keane (REM, Widespread Panic, B-52's) and Mark Heard (Sam Phillips, T-Bone Burnett);
I write almost constantly. Songs, essays, poetry. It's like a good friend. A good song is the perfect "marriage" of lyric & music. You immerse yourself in the wondrous, beautiful and fractured thing called life and report it. "Live" & on the scene, you know?
Being a song-writer? "It's good work, if you can get it," I say.
My mother instilled in me, a love of words & of language. Words have the power to inspire, reveal, & challenge the deepest parts of our hearts. That's probably why I love the Americana genre. It has the "Big" themes we all wrestle with as humans. Love, Loss, Mortality, Grief, Poverty, Injustice, Broken-ness, Sin & Redemption...it's all there, big as life.
There are 2 reference points i have as a songwriter:
1st: Life is a hallowed thing. We all live in the same skin.
And 2nd? We are all on this journey called "Life" together.
I love guitars. Mostly old ones.
The one's with soul and a story locked inside them.
I love writing the songs that "show up" when grab a guitar.
Whether it's an all-out rocker or a more elegant indie-folk type song, in the end it's all about truth & passion intermingling.
I usually have anywhere from 25-50 songs ready to go for each album I make. And "The Rags of Absence" is no exception.
I've have, what I believe to be, a great group of songs for this recording. I want them to be recorded, mixed and mastered in the best possible way. Please feel free to drop in for a listen to rough mixes and demos as we progress at: The Rags of Absence (demos, rough mixes, etc)
If you've read this far? Thank You! I know there's lots of artists "out there" competing for your support.
But, I hope you'll consider helping me out with this project. Check out the "rewards," think about it. You won't be disappointed. I think this collection of songs are some of my strongest yet.
I'd be grateful and honored to have you on board, folks. I'm extremely excited about the album, it's sonic quality and of course, it's themes.
(Please feel free to drop by for a listen to any of my back catalogue at: www.BillMalloneeMusic.bandcamp.com, if you're so inclined.)
Grace, Peace & Joy on the Journey, friends,
~ Bill Mallonee
Risks and challenges
"The Rags of Absence" will be the 10th album that i will have written, recorded, engineered. mixed & produced from my studio.
Obstacles in the studio usually come in two areas. Adequate gear and knowledge of how good gear is to be used is essential in the capturing of a body of songs.
The other obstacle involves more artistic sensibilities. Questions like: "What does this song need?" "Is it compelling?" "Do the themes and lyrics stand forth clearly?" "Does the sonic overlay, the instrumentation and arrangement lend itself to a great song?"
As a writer with a longstanding history of making strong albums and an increasing knowledge of the engineering side of the equation, I feel quite competent in being able to deal with these issues and bring a good song into being.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (40 days)