An Article by Johnny Cole
Photos by Stephen Anderson
The night of September 17, 2016 is when The Southland Music Line first heard Darcy Tangle and The Tangle perform live. A Saturday night in Mobile, Alabama when a lot was going on around the city, which meant this New Orleans based band was met by a small crowd at Jim Pennington’s year and a half old venue still trying its best to gain a foothold in the southern Alabama music scene. (Jim Pennington’s Listening Room of Mobile is now one of the region’s most popular music venues.)
Darcy Malone and the Tangle performed to the near empty room as if it was packed. From their very first note I was hooked. I soon wrote my first article about the band and that incredible night, complimented by Stephen Anderson’s photos.
Darcy Malone & The Tangle “Live on The Acura Stage” at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Fri. May 4, 2018)
A few short months later the band returned to The Listening Room for another stellar show, this time to a packed house. During this time period, the band invited Stephen and I to New Orleans to see their performance at the famous Tipitina’s Uptown. Darcy Malone and The Tangle couldn’t have been nicer. We were invited to drummer Billy Schell’s nearby home before the show. It was the beginning of a good friendship between Stephen, myself and the band. We would attend a number of future shows including their performance to a receptive full house at the popular Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile, Alabama’s historic Oakleigh District in early 2018.
As the new year blossomed, Darcy Malone and the Tangle had an incredible new EP “Pure as Gold” recorded at the famed “Studio in the Country” – where albums by the likes of Kansas, the Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson and more have all been recorded. (Recently, Stephen Anderson photographed the recording sessions by Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet at Studio in the Country.)
Darcy Malone & The Tangle’s 2018 EP “Pure As Gold” (recorded at the famed Studio in the Country)
Performing at the Jazz & Heritage Festival is big deal for any musician, especially those musicians who have grown grow up in New Orleans. (Darcy Malone is the daughter of Dave Malone of The Radiators, one of the city’s true music greats.) This year, the band received word that they were not only performing at Jazz Fest again, but were doing so on the event’s largest stage, The Acura, and would be performing prior to the major acts of Jason Isbell and Beck. It was a true honor for this band and for all its fans. As soon as Stephen and I were informed, we were kindly invited to be a part of this special occasion by the band. Stephen and I will always be grateful for the backstage and stage access, but most importantly for being able to share this special moment with friends.
Darcy Malone and the Tangle’s latest EP contains some of their best material including the song “Bleed Me Dry” written by keyboardist/saxaphonist James Beaumont. Their sound and performances continue to develop into something exciting and meaningful. I definitely believe these are steps towards a lasting future as fans, like me, anxiously await to see what come next for Darcy Malone and the Tangle.
Darcy Malone & The Tangle’s James Beaumont -backstage at Jazz Fest 2018
Click Here for Darcy Malone and the Tangle’s official website.
Click Here to purchase EP “Pure as Gold”
Click Here for more photos from DMATT’s performance at this year’s Jazz Fest.
Click Here for photos of DMATT at Callaghan’s (Jan. 13, 2018)
Click Here for 2016 article about DMATT.
Thank you to Darcy Malone and the Tangle!
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