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WUMB Radio selects David Mallett’s Alright Now cd as one of the top ten albums of 2010! Check out the list.

“a masterpiece …This is an exquisite, ennobling record, made by a terrific craftsman.”
- Steve Morse, Boston Globe

“it’s really real music in it’s truest form…the truest form ever imaginable…But for true hard core songwriters, Alright Now is a masterpiece and one that you can listen to and learn from for years to come. Yes, David Mallet has proven that once again it really is all about the music. There is no doubt that he has left an unfading imprint on Music City and Classic Americana Music forever.”
- Jan Duke, Aboutnashville.com

Artist In Me

“one of the year’s best records.” - Associated Press

The title song, Didn’t Nobody Teach You, Strange Life, The Wind Is on the Water, and Livin’ on the Edge pack the plainspoken poetic power of this consistently on-the-money songwriter’s best work.”
- Mike Thomas, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“He harks back to the earnest ambitions and heartfelt melodies of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, singing with the conviction that folk can still be heroic. David Mallet has a lustrous, melancholy voice that both engages and lulls the listener, never stretching too high or too low but always staying comfortable and believable.”
- The New York Times Synd.


“Few people could be called the living embodiment of the state where they live. But what Garrison Keillor is to Minnesota, Mallett is to Maine.”
- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

“David Mallett is the best folk singer alive in America today.”
- Dan McCullough, Cape Cod Times

“When I returned to my appreciation of folk music some ten years ago, it was an intense performance by Dave Mallett at the New Harmony series that convinced me what a single human with an acoustic guitar could do. I haven’t been the same since.”
-Ed McKeon, New Britain Herald

“Always compelling, always musical…there is something about Mallett’s phrasing that lends an urgency and boldness to his songs. His deep clear voice has a storyteller’s naturalness to it, a poet’s intelligence.”
- Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

“I know of no other songwriter who can so convincingly capture that fleeting sense of being perfectly at one with a place and time. This is at the heart of why Mallett has won such a loyal following and holds such hope for the future.”
- Michael Hughes, Portland Press Herald

“Dave Mallett may be the only artist working today who’s portraits and stories, derived from the American heartland, can come close to being compared to the works of Stephen Foster.”
- Steve Lacrosse, Popular Folk Music Today

“Ya wanna know what’s going on in contemporary folk music? Start here. David Mallett has the warmth of a flannel shirt, the comfort of a quilt, and the heart of a poet. He sounds like somebody you’d like for your best friend.”
- Robert Oermann, Music Row

“Folk poet Dave Mallett continues to write thoughtful, potent songs about changing America – small town Main Street, relationships disintegrated or strengthened by distance and fast-moving times, the vast chasm between this nation’s poverty and wealth.”
- Allana Nash, Stereo Review

“Mallett is a first rate folk singer and writer. His portraits and townscapes are camera sharp, and his knowledge of his subjects is profound.”
- Ed Morris, Billboard

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bill gifford
    May 02, 2011 @ 08:05:49

    i don’t know where i’ve been, but so happy i found your music. at 60 yrs old and from mass., i can’t believe i’m just hearing your great music. yesterday i listened to you on a 300 mile motorcycle trip to vermont. it was a beautiful day and and your music just added to it….thanks.

  2. Bob Lyke
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 13:08:06

    I am reviewing the photos and video snippets from your performance with The Bangor Symphony Orchestra at the Kingfield Pops concert on June 25, 2011. That was the first time I saw your show, and it is living proof that you are a folk singer legend. The Broad Brook Opera House Players would be delighted to have you appear on our stage.

  3. Katherine Kassler
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 20:49:17

    Thanks you for your song “Beautiful”. This song is perfect. It brought my father and I closer than I could have ever hoped for. Your music , your gift of song writing is magical. Thank you!

  4. Charlie White
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 23:31:24

    When I travel overseas on business I always find myself needing a Dave Mallett fix to touch me with my New England roots. David’s music and lyrics resonate in deep and quiet places.

    Apr 05, 2012 @ 10:23:44

    My wife and I just received the Alright Now CD – it’s absolutely fabulous! We love it! You are truly a gifted songwriter and melody maker. Usually when I hear an album for the first time I pick out a few songs that stand out, however on Alright Now, we love every song, great feeling and emotion. And thank you so much for signing our CD! We wish you continued success!

  6. Dan Carmichael
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 22:45:24

    Just got home from David’s show at Blueseed Studios in Saranac Lake, NY – it was a full house and a great show. As always David and Michael were flawless. Dave’s tribute to Andy Williams was a sweet moment; every person there knew (and sang along) to Moon River. Thanks, David…you’re like fine wine, getting better with age. – Dan Carmichael from Tupper Lake, NY

  7. David Rich
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 08:14:42

    We die hard New Englanders get all wistful and reflective at the turn of the seasons, especially the dying of fall and the turn into winter. The singer songwriter who’s long been crafting the best sound track to the emotional pulls of we northerners is David Mallett. You can nearly smell the burn in the fireplace just from listening to him. He’s been covered by acoustic guitar royalty for years for good reason but there’s nothing like hearing his work through the warmth of his own barn wood voice. Treat yourself to his live performance at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on November 2nd.

  8. Ray Lampe
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 12:30:38

    This is my personal tribute to David and his music. I fell in love with New England, my late wife, and David Mallett in the1970′s. From The Folkway and Pennsylvania Sunrise on through Del Rossi’s and The Fable True, David Mallett and his music have been a thread winding all through my life with my late wife. My memory of so many concerts is inseparable from my affection for New England and all that it means. I am a “music freak”, with many, many CDs in my racks, from Rock to Rachmaninoff, and David Mallett CDs are the largest number from any artist. Thank you David for enriching my life and deepening my love of everything New England, especially my Barbara. I’m hoping to see you again soon.

  9. Andy Thibeault
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 18:08:53

    I’ve been listening and seeing Dave for the better part of 30 years, I have all of his music. If I was limited to only having one artist to take to a deserted island Dave would be the one. His music has played a large part of my life whether skiing, sailing or just relaxing. I even named a boat from a phrase from one of his songs “on the shores of the windy blue.” If I ever have another sailboat it will be “Windy Blue.” Thank you Dave for all the great music you have given me. I will continue to listen to Dave for the next 30 years. Can’t wait to see you again soon.

  10. Virginia Beall
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 14:07:46

    Loved the concert in Seattle, WA. My husband and I really enjoyed it!

  11. Ethel Jalbert
    Feb 24, 2017 @ 04:24:55

    We were fortunate to see and hear David Mallett perform right in our own little town of Fort Kent, Maine. We bought four CD’s that evening and have been listening to them ever since. I never get tired of hearing that beautiful rich voice and his lyrics are thought provoking. He is a true treasure of Maine.

  12. Frank Szmalc
    May 16, 2018 @ 22:25:43

    I first saw you at a concert in the early 80′s with a friend who went to college with you. I have been listening ever since. I played guitar for a long time then lost it for a while as life got in the way. Now at 61 your music has drawn me back to guitar and music. I thank you for all the songs and the joy they have brought to me and many others over the years.

  13. Mark Houser
    May 19, 2018 @ 01:04:33

    I am a singer-songwriter with some humble success on the Billboard chart as a bluegrass artist (Mark Houser and Bluegrass Drive). I have had several cuts as a writer including Rodney Atkins, The Little River Band, The Roys, Grand Ole Opry’s Jack Greene to name a few. One of the reasons I wanted to be a songwriter is Dave Mallet. I heard you at the Bluebird Cafe years ago. One of the songs that really touched me at the time was Like That from in the Falling Dark. I was at a place where that song was so relevant. “Leavin’ wasn’t even on the list, and it wasn’t supposed to be like this.” That song still touches me!
    I just wanted to say thank you brother and wish you well. I so hope to catch a show again one day.

  14. elle levenson
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 23:49:19

    Happy Birthday, David…..April 21st
    I’ll be travelin’ and singing alone with you
    Hope to see you soon

    Jul 16, 2019 @ 21:47:32

    “Don’t Ask Me” is a great Malllett song, it stands with his best. It is an affirmation we need in these times.
    Thank you David–so much–for this and all the other great songs.
    I have always felt the same way about “After the Fall”.
    Part of any summer return to New England is listening to David.
    PAUL SPITZER July 16, 2019

  16. Ken Leeman
    Jul 27, 2019 @ 22:26:35

    Saw you last in Belfast, week or so ago. Missed the first half of the show, was on the website checkin things out and since I live in Hampden it was a quick trip. Good show and I must say Susan walked by me in the lobby and I had a moment like the “girl who brushed his arm” from Way Out West. No kidding. I thought she paused for a moment too. whooo.. Those don t happen too often. Haa! I play that song fingerpicking the opening with the bass run and melody at the same time. Bit of a trick with that walkdown from D. Probly should try it in an open tuning, might be easier. Hope to make the Buxton show. Saw you at Seadog in Bangor for that album. I remember the sound was soo good. Compliments to your sound guy. You played that big Guild, sounded great.

  17. Ed O Quinn
    Dec 17, 2019 @ 14:33:20

    one of the best We dont get much of him in Canada and what a loss for us

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