Community. A beautiful word. You hear that word a lot these days.
And for good reason. To be in "community" is what defines us as human beings. This is a community that connects over my music...but hopefully it will also connect over all that that particular music is about, all that it wrestles with, and all that it hopes to inspire.
I believe, at the very core of our existence, (as mysterious, frustrating & as hallowed as it is) there is bonded-ness. There is a "something" that makes us all very similar. I've said it for over 25 years of making albums and being a relentless troubadour & recording artist: "We're all living in the same skin."
As a songwriter, I think part of what it means is that when you hit on the truth, when it surfaces in a lyric and song it inevitably resonates with a group of folks. Not everyone, of course.
It's a world of diversity and Thank God for that!
But, even amidst such beautiful diversity, there are the bed-rock, foundational truths that make telling that Truth whether it be told in song, in art, in film or literature, a necessity. It is a necessity, I believe, because if such truths aren't "incarnated" in art then there is the chance they become garbled, unclear, distorted and eventually forgotten.
And when the truths of our souls & bonded-ness die? Well, that's when all hell breaks loose.
Songs. It's what I do.
Songs for me have always been a way of wrestling with and coming to terms with truths like Goodness, Wholeness, Love, Life, Grief and Death...and how God lives and manifests in and around all of it.
Me? I've been lucky on this journey.
There have been so many folks whose hearts of kindness and acts of goodwill have sustained me and encouraged me through some 65 albums. (God willing there'll be a few more!)
SO: It is my hope that the Bill Mallonee Music Community will be a way for me to reward you folks who have "been there" for me...and continue to be there.
Truth be told? I need you. The road from "way back when" in 1991 to the present has been one of beauty, discovery and hardship. It's the "raw data" of all of our lives. That "hardness" has all gone back into the songs, into the music. It's what I do.
I have deeply appreciated your goodwill, your kind words and seeing so many of you at shows these 25 years.
I covet your thoughts & prayers from time to time.
(And, yes, at times I need your resources to keep going. In a day and age when industry super-structures are in ruins and where the "pond" of talent is quite "over-stocked," it's increasingly hard to "get noticed," find new fans, and sustain a livelihood.) Therefore, this Community also has the dynamic of "reciprocity." It revives the notion of Patronage, BUT it also gives me the opportunity to give back a great deal and in doing so say to each of you: "Thank You!"
I have always felt that what I create as an artist is of value (why spend your talents on anything if it's not a pursuit of excellence, right?); Therefore my intentions, in starting this "inner circle," is to create a vehicle whereby I can offer the things that are special and unique to those who value my work.
If you join, "what's in it" for you?
~ Exclusive EPs just for those who join...I'm shooting for 2 a year, maybe more!
~ Discounted prices on the whole catalog! All 60 plus albums.
~ Exclusive special "live" recording video shows done out of our studio!
~ Demos...I make many! Sometimes it's full songs that will never show up in any formal release.
~ We'll be brainstorming many new things frequently to make available to you.
~ Fun. we're gonna keep it amazing...and FUN!
That's not all: There's access to discuss with me (and among other members of the community) a variety of topics: Music, Theology, Creative Process, Art, Culture, Faith, etc...
It's my hope that we'll dig into what all of this is about. You'll have greater access to my opinions, my knowledge, my work. I'll answer questions about just about any aspect of What I do, How I do it and Why I do it.
Also technical issues can be addressed: What "tricks of the trade," I've learned in recording, writing and performance.
To start things off I've picked 7 albums (I do realize many of you have almost all of the 60 plus albums) that are yours for FREE simply for joining up. The 7 albums are:
1. Future Hymns of the New Idolatry
2. Heaven In Your Heart/WPA 18
3. Ghost Waltz/WPA 15
4.Drifter Songs/WPA 9
6. Audible Sigh (21 song deluxe edition produced by Buddy Miller) and
7. Locket Full of Moonlight (16 song UK edition)
That's 7 free albums (a LOT of music!) just for joining up, becoming part of the Community. The new songs, live videos. The exclusive EPs (I'm planning two a year for you) will follow over the course of the year.
We hope that's enough enticement to join up for the year. And like I said: It's gonna be fun!
And we're still just in the planning, brain-storming stages, so the sky is the limit!
Grace and Joy,
What you get:
- All the new music I make streaming instantly on your mobile device via the free Bandcamp app, and also available as a high-quality download.*
Exclusive access to the Bill Mallonee fan community.
These back-catalog and supporter-only releases:
SOMETIMES (An out-take from "the power & the glory")
MULE Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers (Dec./2016)
SLOW TRAUMA Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers (March/2016)
FOOTNOTES FOR DEPARTURE/WPA 19 (WPA Compilation volume 2) by Bill Mallonee & Muriah Rose
Future Hymns for the New Idolatry Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love/WPA
SONGS FOR THE JOURNEY & BEYOND/WPA 12 Bill Mallonee/WPA
IN THE NEW DARK AGE (SEEDS OF HOPE & OTHER PERISHABLES) Bill Mallonee/Victory Garden
WHERE THE LOVE LIGHT GLEAMS (A Christmas~themed album)
Exclusive BLUE CHIP BLUE
MANICPHASESHIFTER/Vigilantes of Love "Live @ Schuba's"
COMES TUMBLING DOWN
LITTLE BABY UNDER THE STAR (a FREE download single)
TILL I KNEW IT ALL BY HEART/Geography of Fear (single from Dolorosa)
"HEAVEN IN YOUR HEART"/WPA 18
"BEATITUDE" Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love
"THIS IS THE PART WHERE WE KISS GOOD~BYE" Bill Mallonee/WPA 17
GHOST WALTZ / WPA 15 Bill Mallonee/WPA
HARD-SCRABBLE DREAMS/WPA 13
ELECTROMEO (previously unavailable) Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love
DRIFTER SONGS WPA Vol. 9 Bill Mallonee/WPA
WPA Vol. 5 "CABIN SONGS" Bill Mallonee/WPA
Locket Full of Moonlight (16 song UK version)
Resplendent "Audibly Live" Vigilantes of Love
Vigilantes of Love/'Cross the Big Pond (UK) Vigilantes of Love
Audible Sigh 21-Song Deluxe Edition download Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love
Slow Dark Train Vigilantes of Love
- A 40% discount on all my merchandise.
- The satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting me in a sustainable way.
founding member of Vigilantes of Love. He has worked with Mark Heard, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, & Peter Buck from REM.
His most recent work, "The Rags of Absence" released in Jan. 2017.