b. David Malone Kimbrough, c.1973, Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA. The son of blues guitarist Junior Kimbrough, Malone was raised in the tradition and at the age of six performed at the Chulahoma, Mississippi, juke joint, Junior’s Place, owned by his father. As a young man he spent time in Chicago then returned to his home state. Falling into bad ways, he was imprisoned for burglary. He began serving his sentence at Parchman Farm Penitentiary, legendary in prison and blues lore, and used his time to compose numerous songs. Playing guitar and keyboards, he performed in the prison band and was allowed the opportunity to perform outside the prison when the band, under guard, visited public functions throughout Mississippi. At his father’s instigation, interest was shown in his work by a recording company and on his release on parole, Malone began playing clubs in the region, meanwhile helping his brother Kenny run Junior’s Place, which had become an establishment venerated by fans and blues artists alike. Malone’s name and reputation gradually spread and his 1994 debut album revealed considerable promise as he expanded, in both musical and familial terms, upon the blues tradition
After their father’s death, the brothers kept the juke joint in operation for a couple of years but it was destroyed by fire in April 2000. Malone had meanwhile continued playing and singing the blues, his repertoire drawn largely from the hundreds of songs he had composed in prison. Some of his compositions came into the repertoire of the Radiators and can be heard on the group’s 1998 Live At The Great American Music Hall : ‘Last Getaway’, composed with John Malone, ‘Barnburner’, ‘Devil’s Dream’ and ‘Searchin’ For Soul’, the last two composed with Ed Volker.