Entertainment Music Malcolm Holcombe Biography Share PINTEREST Email Print Redferns via Getty Images / Getty Images Music Country Music Top Artists Top Picks Rock Music Pop Music Alternative Music Classical Music Folk Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues World Music Punk Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Oldies Learn More By Robert Silva Robert Silva is an electronics and audiophile hobbyist who writes about entertainment technology and films for more than 20 years. our editorial process Robert Silva Updated December 03, 2017 Malcolm Holcombe's gravelly voice seems to come across a distance. It passes through lungs combusted by a thousand cigarettes, a soul that's been shattered by a string of tragedies. Holcombe started out playing in the country band Redwing in his native North Carolina before becoming an underground sensation in Nashville in the early 1990s. Singing poetic lines in his customary growl, he gained converts in everyone from Lucinda Williams to a young Justin Townes Earle. In 1996, Holcombe signed with Geffen Records. Although he made a brilliant album for the label, Geffen chose not to release it. It wasn't until 1999 that the shelved work finally found release on Hip-O Records. It's name: A Hundred Lies. In an effort to kick a drug habit, the mercurial singer moved back to North Carolina. After cleaning up his act, he began to record at a furious pace, beginning with I Never Heard You Knockin' in 2005. He ended the decade with four more records to his name. They included Gamblin' House and Not Forgotten (both in 2007), Wager in 2008, and For the Mission Baby in 2009. Comparisons Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joe Shaver, John Prine, Tom Waits Trivia Facts Starting out, Holcombe got a job flipping burgers at a Nashville bar. In the middle of his shift, he would typically mount the stage to sing. Still wearing his dirty apron, he'd astonish the audience with his impressionistic tunes -- before vacating the stage to mind the grill. Recommended Albums A Hundred Lies (Hip-O, 1999)To Drink the Rain (Music Road Records, 2011) Best Songs "Dress in White""Justice in a Cradle""Who Carried You""Killing the Blues""One Leg at a Time"