November 22, 2019



Asheville Native Brings Authentic Americana &

Folk Songs to White Horse Black Mountain

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.—NPR host Larry Groce once described singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe’s music this way:

"If you want anything more authentically Appalachian, you’re going to have to dig it out of the ground.”

Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Holcombe will showcase that pure and rugged Appalachian sound when he performs his Annual Hometown Holiday Show at White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event . Doors open at

7:30 p.m. For more information, go to or call 828-669-0816.

Holcombe, born in Asheville and raised in Weaverville, began his musical journey as a teenager in local bands, The Hilltoppers and Redwing, before performing solo as a singer-songwriter. Eventually he partnered with Sam Milner and released the album, Trademark, in 1985. Holcombe moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1990, working as a dishwasher and playing open mic shows.

In 1996, he inked a deal with Geffen Records. Promotional copies of his debut album A Hundred Lies drew praise from critics, but the album was not officially released until 1999 by Hip-O Records. Holcombe returned to North Carolina, married, and released several albums independently, including Gamblin’ House in 2008, To Drink the Rain in 2010,

The RCA Sessions in 2014 and Pretty Little Troubles in 2017

Holcombe is highly regarded and recognized by contemporaries in Americana music including Emmylou Harris, Wilco and Steve Earle. He has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Richard Thompson, John Hammond, Leon Russell, Wilco and Shelby Lynne.

Another Black Hole, his 14th album which includes a duet album cut with North Carolina music legend Sam Milner, is another strong addition to impressive catalogue of music made by Holcombe.

Recently Warren Haynes, another musician native to western North Carolina, has mentioned Malcolm’s name in interviews. Typically, Holcombe was unaware of this, but filled with praise for Haynes. “He’s a real gentleman. I’m glad to call him a friend,” he says. “He taught me how to bend a string on a guitar.”

White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state- of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, Shanti Elixers, soft drinks and snacks.

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