From Goldsboro, North Carolina, The Malpass Brothers blend their own brand of vintage Country and Gospel music with comic banter between brothers who have shared the microphone with greats such as Hal Ketchum, Willie Nelson and Doc Watson.
They play classic Country, Hillbilly, Gospel and Bluegrass music, apparently ignoring the past 40 years of music and fashion for the style of the Grand Ol Opry circa 1956. In western clothes with slicked hair, they sing spot-on baritone harmonies just like honky-tonk throwback siblings should.
The band evolved when Christopher Malpass began singing solo at the age of seven. He appeared in many top venues in the Carolinas and Virginia, including a stint in the Christmas in Dixie Opryland Production at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Still in his early twenties, Christopher has also performed in many country music shows, thrilling his audiences with favourites from legendary artists like Hank Williams Snr, Elvis and Johnny Cash. Although the family performs in many country music shows, their great love is the time they devote to their Gospel music ministry.
Taylor Malpass provides novel musicianship with a Gibson mandolin on most songs but also some electric guitar licks in the styles of his heroes Billy Byrd (guitarist for Ernest Tubbs) and Paul Yandell (guitarist for the Louvin Brothers).
Taylor also occasionally takes the lead vocal on songs such as When God Comes to Gather His Jewels from the Unbroken Shall Stand CD. However, he's also been known to ‘bluegrass up’ an old Hank Senior tune and he loves to perform We’re In The Jailhouse Now from O Brother, Where Art Thou. Their father Chris Malpass supports the brothers on the upright bass whilst that ‘gentleman of the stage’ and ‘master’ of several stringed instruments, Mr Clyde Mattocks will be ever present showing us what musical talents he has been blessed with.
The Malpass Brothers have released five CDs, including the Hank Williams tribute, Turn Back The Years, with the late steel guitar legend Don Helms, who was the last remaining member of Hank Williams’ original band, The Drifting Cowboys.
The Malpass Brothers agree that one of the highlights of their career was their sold-out show in June 2008 with Merle Haggard at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. They have been touring again this year as the support act for Haggard and have garnered almost as much media coverage as the legendary star.
While their on-stage personalities have been described as like oil and water, the brothers combine with their dad to create white-hot musical virtuosity with the cool fervour of sanctified song.