CONCORD, N.C. – When country music legend Merle Haggard heard the Malpass Brothers play, he liked them so much that he invited them to tour with him as his opening act and signed them to his Hag Records company.
“It’s easy to hear why The Hag has taken a liking to them,” wrote Dan McIntosh on roothogradio.com. “There are moments where they sound exactly like the man.”
C.M.Wilcox concurred on countrycalifornia.com. “It’s not difficult to hear what about these brothers caught Haggard’s ear: they favor the same era of country that he helped define and, vocally, Chris Malpass is a ringer for Merle in his prime,” he wrote.
You can hear them and decide whether you agree, because the Malpass Brothers will perform at the Davis Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. The show is part of the Footlights series of regional music performances. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased 24 hours a day at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753. The box office will be closed December 24, 2012-January 2, 2013. The Davis Theatre is located at 65 Union St. S in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse.
road with The Hag, the brothers can be found performing in shows and events primarily in eastern North Carolina. The boys perform cover hits from the likes of Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, The Louvin Brothers, Faron Young, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jimmie Rodgers, Marty Robbins and many more old-time traditional country music artist.
Chris and Taylor Malpass play country music in the style of the old masters, people like Haggard, Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, The Louvin Brothers, Faron Young, Waylon Jennings and even Elvis (which might explain their retro hairstyles). Their debut album on Hag Records, “Memory That Bad,” was released last year.
Touring with Haggard has allowed the Goldsboro duo to broaden their musical talent and comedic wit all across the United States and in Canada. When they’re not with The Hag, they play mostly on the East Coast and a lot in their native eastern North Carolina. Listen to a sampling of their music at www.malpassbrothers.com.