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Bill Mallonee, Flying M Coffeegarage, July 10


It's always a struggle to find new and interesting words that rhyme with baloney. There's phony and macaroni. and there's even some loose rhymes: Sony, Shoshone, Barry Castiglione. But on rare occasions, the pieces just fall into place.

Meet Bill Mallonee, a singer/songwriter from Athens, Ga. Paste Magazine ranked him among the top 100 best living songwriters, two spots in front of Connor Oberst and just three spots behind Sting. Mallonee was the founding member of Vigilantes of Love in the late '80s. Between 1995 and 2002 Vigilantes toured non-stop, playing roughly 180 shows per year. They broke up in 2002, and since then, Mallonee has been traveling and playing music by his lonesome, with his wife or with a traveling band.

Mallonee's sound is very similar to Neil Young--heavy on Americana, country and psychedelia. His lyrics are very much informed by his time spent on the road as a struggling musician. Mallonee spends most of his days playing small clubs and coffee shops. He's an independent artist in the truest sense: no record label, no PR firms and no expensive recording studios--everything he does is by his own device.

Mallonee is quoted in his website bio saying, "At the end of the day, it's about the story living under your own skin. In my work, I've just tried to chase that story down and put something of a frame around it for a spell." Such sentiment makes it clear that Mallonee is in fact, not baloney.

Opening the show will be local singer/songwriter Aaron Mark Brown.

Saturday, July 10, 8 p.m., $8, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533.