JD Malone, a Dad, husband, son, brother, friend, singer/songwriter and recovering philosopher was born and raised under a bright blue sky in the small town of Bennington in the Green Mountain State of Vermont. He writes and sings songs about love and hate, angels and demons and the universal struggle to feel safe under the stars.
On their new album, Avalon, JD Malone and The Experts are not out to invent something, but they sure go a long way towards perfecting it, as only experts do. Stylistically, the band's music is the sort that you might hear at a backwoods VFW Hall on a Saturday night, drawing on the radio-friendly catalogues of classic American roots-rockers like Creedence Clearwater Revival. Except JD Malone & The Experts are no lame cover band butchering Proud Mary.
They are a rock-solid band with a dynamic leader, singer and songwriter in JD Malone (imagine, say, Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band if they played modified country music), and their songs, as instantly recognizable as they may seem, are all Malone originals (with the exception of excellent covers of Fogerty's Fortunate Son on the CD and Tom Petty's "I Should Have Known It" on the bonus live in-studio DVD). While JD Malone is clearly in charge, much of Avalon's appeal comes from the remarkable chemistry of the band, including Malone (vocals, acoustic guitar), Avery Coffee (electric guitars, bg vocals), Tom Hampton (pedal and lap steel, 12-string, acoustic, resonator & electric guitars, bg vocals), Jim Miades (bass), Tommy Geddes (drums), and the extraordinary guest vocals of Jayda Hampton (especially on the beautifully wrenching Black Yodel).