Bakersfield Community Concert Association

2018-2019 Concert Season

The Malpass Brothers - Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:30 p.m.
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The Malpass Brothers feature the guitars and voices of Christopher and Taylor Malpass. The Malpass Brothers toured the country as Merle Haggard's opening act for 7 years. Retro traditional country artists with magnetic personalities, Christopher and Taylor give new life to classic country music. Their smooth vocal blend, skillful musicianship and off-the-cuff quips are reminiscent of the country music legends to which they pay tribute. Performing hits by Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and others. Authentic down-home entertainment.The Malpass Brothers are as authentic as stone-ground grits, country ham & red-eye gravy, hush puppies & chopped pork barbecue... and they're every bit as good. It doesn't matter if you're already a fan of classic old-time "real" country music when you take your seat. You will be by the time you leave the hall. Join the Bakersfield Community Concert Association as we celebrate our 56th Anniversary Season. Single concert tickets are $35.

The Malpass Brothers

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With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, The Malpass Brothers' smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer into the deep respect they pay to legends who came before them.

These guys don't just sound retro...they are retro!

As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad's phonograph records. Born with a proclivity for music, Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of the classic country artists they treasure, while also creating new music and making their own mark on the rich, cultural lineage of genuine country music. With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something year old siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.

The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours, and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to the Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with country music legends like Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their album Memory That Bad hit CMT Pure Country's Top Ten. A self-titled recording, produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson, was released by Crossroads' Organic Records in 2015.

If you like cornbread & hush puppies, you're gonna love The Malpass Brothers! If you like sweet tea, barbecue & collard greens, you're gonna love The Malpass Brothers! If you like clean crisp air over a freshly-plowed field, if you like a great big ol' corn puddin' at a homecoming - you're gonna love The Malpass Brothers! This is the real deal, folks! This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others. Count on classic, real country, new Malpass tunes, and old-time gospels. This is authentic, down-home country in its most raw, unfiltered form!

The Malpass Brothers were steeped in country music from an early age when their grandfather began teaching them how to play songs by Hank Williams, Sr., Merle Haggard, Porter Wagoner, Kitty Wells and Ernest Tubb on the guitar. With traditional country music ingrained into them, it only seemed fitting that they would carry on that family tradition. Little did they know that one day it would lead to a steady gig of performing on stage with one of the country music legends their grandfather admired.

After years of gigs and performances across the U.S., the brothers have found themselves in a position that only seemed to be possible in dreams. Chris and Taylor Malpass began opening for Merle Haggard in 2008, and continued to follow Haggard all across the U.S. and into Canada.

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Haggard first saw the brothers when they opened for him at a concert in their home state of North Carolina. The brothers didn't know that the Hag had been watching and listening to their performance from backstage. After Haggard got a good look at the elder of the brothers, Chris, he told his road manager that he was the spitting image of Lewis Tally, who signed Haggard to a record contract in the 1960s.

Haggard told his road manager to setup a meeting with the brothers and the rest is history. Two weeks later, Chris and Taylor were on Haggard's tour bus for that meeting, and less than a month later the brothers began opening gigs for a man whom they have admired and emulated since they were young boys.

The brothers continue to perform with their own band across the country when not on tour with the Hag. Influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, Elvis Presley, Faron Young, Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins, the Louvin Brothers, the Wilburn Brothers and many other artists from that era, the brothers have been able to fine tune their performances into a unique, but current style of traditional country music and comedic banter.

Having opened for Ray Price, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Willie Nelson and many other famous music artists, the boys have felt right at home on stage with Haggard.

Scott Joss, who is often praised as the "heir to the Bakersfield throne" because of early associations with Tiny Moore and Merle Haggard, and his later affiliation with Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam, has produced the Malpass Brothers' new album on the Hag Record label. "Memory That Bad" was released in the spring of 2011.

The album includes originals by The Malpass Brothers, Haggard, and Joss - along with a few covers of some of the brothers' favorite songs from the past. Joss, who currently tours with Haggard as his fiddle player, has become a close friend and mentor to both Chris and Taylor.

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Energized by their success of touring with Haggard and the release of their new album, the brothers continue to strive to take their music career to the next level. Chris and Taylor made their third trip to Ireland and first trip to Scotland for folk/traditional music festivals. They were also expected to be filmed for a segment on the Marty Stuart Show, which airs on RFD-TV.

Malpass Brothers Heading Home PREVIEW from Minnow Media on Vimeo.

MALPASS BROTHERS Don't Worry About Me from Minnow Media on Vimeo.

Malpass Brothers MAN IN BLACK from Minnow Media on Vimeo.

MALPASS BROTHERS I Can't Keep You In Love with Me from Minnow Media on Vimeo.


Welcome to Harvey Auditorium   The Malpass Brothers for a delightful Sunday afternoon of country music.


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