The Music of the Legends/Malpass Brothers brings classic country to the RRCA

The Malpass Brothers have loyal fans in Monroe County.

“We recently saw one of our Milan fans in Lancaster, PA. Can you believe they came all this way just to see us? We appreciate the fans and the friends we’ve made through the (Milan Music Fest),” North Carolina brothers Christopher and Taylor Malpass said.

The Malpass Brothers, who traveled with country great Merle Haggard for seven years, perform and write classic country songs and are regulars at the former Milan Music Fest/Milan Bluegrass Festival, held annually in August. The group was also scheduled to perform in 2020 at the River Raisin Center for the Arts.

Former RRCA associate director Calley Duffey waited years to bring the brothers to town, but the long-awaited show was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the brothers try again. A concert by the Malpass Brothers is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on October 15 at the RRCA, 114 S. Monroe St.

The brothers create a personalized show for the public of the RRCA.

“We look forward to playing for all of you and making new friends,” the brothers said. “No two shows are the same. We play classic country music, and some of our own songs slip into every show, but we play against the audience. If the audience really responds to Hank Williams, then you’ll hear more Hank songs. If they answer Merle Haggard, you’ll hear more Hag songs. We can promise lots of great country music and lots of laughs.

The show will be rounded out with selections from other country music legends, audience requests and gospel selections.

“It’s country music, not the country you’re hearing on the radio right now, but the country of our heroes, like Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, The Louvin Brothers, Marty Robbins,” the Malpass Brothers said.

All Malpass concerts also include the brothers’ signature big hair, cowboy boots, country star instruments and lots of banter.

“We are brothers and we behave that way on stage. Think of the Smothers Brothers with big hair,” the band said. “We like to dress for our shows like country music stars did. Sometimes we’re a bit like a country music museum on stage, with Chris playing Charlie Louvin’s rhythm guitar, Taylor playing Ira Louvin’s mandolin or Leon Rhodes’ (Ernest Tubb’s guitarist) electric guitar. ). Taylor even sometimes wears original hats and costumes from members of Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours. Taylor’s boots were custom made and feature the cover of Louvin Brother’s most famous album. We also bring bass, drums, violin and steel guitar. Is it really a country show if there’s no steel guitar? We do not think so.

The Malpass Brothers continue to travel extensively.

“We’ll have done 120 shows by the end of the year, and it looks like we’ll be doing the same or more next year,” the band said. “We hadn’t been to the west coast for a few years. We were there a lot when we traveled with Merle Haggard and plan to go back next year. If so, we will travel coast to coast.

The brothers also have a new record due out in March.

“Christopher has written with a lot of great songwriters, like Dickey Lee and Shawn Camp and more. At the same time, we’ll be releasing an EP of songs we performed on TV, backed by the late great Jimmy Capps. Plus new recordings, we have other big news, but we will have to wait a bit to reveal them,” the band said.

The brothers said many enjoyed their brand of classic country.

“The fan base continues to grow. There are people who remember us on tour with Mr. Merle and those who discovered us while watching RFD TV. We don’t know how many fans are there, but they are loyal. We see them performing in some of the most remote places,” the brothers said.

Tickets are $36 for adults; $33 for veterans and active military; $33 for seniors and $18 for children. For tickets, visit www.riverraisincentre.org or call the RRCA box office at (734) 242-RRCA.

For more information, visit https://themalpassbrothers.com/.

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