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Tcikets Available! TOMMY MALONE DUO of the "subdudes" to play THE LANDING AT PINE POINT TONIGHT!
Tcikets Available! TOMMY MALONE  DUO of the "subdudes" to play THE LANDING AT PINE POINT TONIGHT!



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IN CONCERT * TOMMY MALONE of "the subdudes" September 29, 2011

If you’ve ever been to a subdudes’ show you can’t miss the infectious leader and front man, lead singer, lead guitar player and songwriter, Tommy Malone. Now spend an evening up close and personal as he shares his incredible talent in an acoustic setting, backed up by an amazing multi-instrumentalist and singer, Ray Ganucheau. Hear songs from Tommy’s full catalogue of tunes, including many of the subdudes’ hits that he wrote. It will be a treat for subdudes’ fans, and new fans as well, to hear their favorites as they have never heard them before. 
PREMIER: $20**

Pick your seat and view dinner menu online under “SHOWS” tab

** A $2.50 processing fee will be added to each ticket sale.
** A $5.00 Food and Beverage minimum purchase is required for all seats

Tommy Ma* * *

Tommy Malone was a high school sophmore when he began playing with Elroy in his hometown of Edgard in 1973. Other members at the time included Steve Amedée, Nathan Stein, Mike Homer (right) and Jimmy Caldarera. 

Tommy Malone was born in the tiny river community of Edgard, La., about an hour west of New Orleans, where he was the youngest of four brothers: Bill was the eldest, John played bass and guitar and wrote songs, played guitar and Tommy, of course, played guitar.

With 10 years separating the brothers, there was an incredible variety of music playing in the house over the years – from the New Christy Minstrels to the Buffalo Springfield, from Crosby, Stills and Nash to Johnny Cash, from Dylan to the Beatles.

Surrounded by aspiring musicians, perhaps it was only natural for Tommy to pick up a guitar and join a band. The band was Elroy – a typical high-school rock band. It featured 14-year-old Tommy on lead guitar, plus on drums a slightly older neighbor from down the road: Amedée.

“We were the cover band – Creedence, Steely Dan, Beatles, anything we could scrounge up. Chuck Berry tunes. Rock. Some R&B stuff, maybe some Fats Domino,” Malone said. Elroy lasted a few years, until the guys finished school and started moving away. 

“I got out of high school in ’75 and moved immediately to New Orleans – to hang out with the hippies,” Malone says with a laugh. 
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Professor Longhair, left, with Tommy Malone, center, and Dave Malone in 1979. (Photo by Alan Hill)

After a detour to Wyoming and Austin, Texas, for a few years, Malone returned to New Orleans around 1978 and helped form the Cartoons with future subdudes Amedée and Johnny Ray Allen. Former Rhapsodizers vocalist and bass player Becky Kury was the band’s lead singer. “I think she was the finest white R&B blues singer in the city,” Malone says.

Then one night he got a call: were looking for a guitar player. John Magnie, who was the leader of the Percolators – Leigh “L’il Queenie” Harris’ backup band – told Tommy to come out to the Dream Palace to play with them. 

Malone got the job and ended up in the Percolators for about three years. 

“It was a great gig. The money was better, it was a much more popular act at the time (than the Cartoons). At times, it was really happening,” Malone says.

The band, which in the late-’70s and early ’80s was as big as the Radiators and the Neville Brothers – maybe bigger, never managed to break through to the big time...* * *

The Continental Drifters circa 1985 included Tommy Malone, center, as well as future subdudes John Magnie, left, and Jimmy Messa, right. 

The Percolators disbanded when core members Malone, Magnie and drummer Kenneth Blevins decided to form the Continental Drifters in 1984. The band had something of a cult following but still struggled to find gigs. Yet with the Drifters – as with the Percolators – the seeds for the subdudes were being sown. Magnie was beginning to incorporate the accordion into some songs, and Malone was gaining confidence in front of the mic – slowly assuming the role of frontman.

“When we got burned out on the Drifters, that’s when we did this jam one night in Tipitina’s on one of John’s piano nights.”

After one of the Drifters' shows at Jimmy’s – an Uptown music venue – the pair started talking about music, about the shortcomings of the Drifters. The music was too loud, it needed to be more “subdued,” they agreed.

“I don’t remember if it was him or me that said it, but we looked at one another and said, ‘That’s the name!’ If we could just be a little more ‘subdued!’ 

“After the (first subdudes) gig, we went over to Steve and Johnny Ray’s and listened to the (tape of the) entire set and said, ‘Goddamn, it’s rough – but it’s got a real cool kind of chemistry going on.’ It was different than anything we’d heard. At this point, we decided, ‘This is cool. This is it.’ ”


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Tommy Malone with Willie Williams during a subdudes performance around 1995.

Within a few months, members of the fledgling band decided they needed to leave New Orleans if they were going to make it. So they headed for Fort Collins, a college town near Magnie’s hometown of Denver. They landed in the fall of ’87 and never looked back. A contract with Atlantic led to their first two albums, in ’89 and ’91. East-West released Annunciation in the spring of 1994, followed by Primitive Streak in ’96. All the while, they toured heavily, winning fans and drawing near unanimous praise from the critics.

But by early ’96, the band was starting to fracture. That summer, in mid-tour, the subdudes announced the fall shows would be their last. 

“The subdudes had been on the road for 10 years, we’d made a bunch of records, we were separated from each other geography-wise, we weren’t writing together, the moods within the band were getting funky,” Malone told Offbeat, a New Orleans music magazine, in 1998.

Malone, who had moved back to New Orleans after about five years in Colorado, and Johnny Ray Allen had started working with Nashville singer-songwriter Pat McLaughlin and former Continental Drifters bandmate Kenneth Blevins on a new project they dubbed Tiny Town. The band had a brash, hard-rocking edge that gave Malone a chance to stretch out. Tambourine, accordion and acoustic guitar were nowhere to be heard.

“When Tiny Town formed, I made a conscious decision that I was not going to touch (an acoustic guitar)… I wanted to play everything on electric guitars,” Malone told Offbeat.


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Offbeat magazine, September 2000

The guys eventually signed with Pioneer Records, but shortly after the band’s self-titled debut was released in the summer of 1998, Pioneer went belly up. Within a year, Tiny Town called it quits. 

“I had about a year-and-a-half of figuring out what’s next,” Malone told the Baton Rouge Advocate in April 2001. “I pretty much knew I wanted to do it on my own. I just knew it was gonna take a lot of time and energy.” 

Malone emerged that spring with “Soul Heavy” – his first solo CD. It fused elements of R&B, soul, jazz and other forms of American music. At times it was reminiscent of the subdudes, at others it rocked like Tiny Town. In the end, it was purely Tommy Malone.

Malone and his trio hit the road in earnest that spring and summer. By the fall, a personnel crisis resulted in Malone calling up former Continental Drifters bandmate Jimmy Messa, who brought along drummer Sammy Neal. In October, a casual reunion on stage with John Magnie sparked conversations about what once seemed impossible – a permanent reunion of the subdudes.

Prior to the show, the pair had spoken by phone, and Malone invited Magnie to bring his acccordion and come down to the Soiled Dove in Denver.

“It was just a matter-of-fact thing – he got up and played. There were some old fans in the front row – they were going apeshit,” Malone says with a laugh. “It reminded them of the old thing. Of course, I was loving it. Jimmy looked like he was loving it – and Sammy, too. We just thought, this is crazy – we just started talking about (regrouping) more and more on the phone. We decided we’d put the two bands together,” Malone says.

The two bands were Tommy’s solo outfit plus Magnie’s 3 Twins, which featured Amedee and former subdudes tour manager Tim Cook, who also sang, played music and wrote songs.


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Tommy Malone with the Dudes at the Little Bear Saloon in Evergreen, Colo., March 21, 2002. (Photo by Clare Schachter)

The merger resulted in The Dudes. The six-piece band toured for a year before scaling down to five members. Drummer Sammy Neal left on good terms as part of a conscientious decision to get back to the stripped down sound of the subdudes. Perhaps the most symbolic shift was reverting to the original name, ‘subdudes.’

That was March 2003, and the band spent much of the rest of the year touring and working up new songs for their first new studio album in eight years. With the release of “Miracle Mule” in April 2004, the band is back on the road, touring wider and harder than it has in nearly a decade.

“We enjoy making music together again – we’re enjoying writing together. It’s fun as hell to me,” Malone says.

“To me, and I really believe this, it’s better than it’s ever been.”


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