David Malone is the 32-year-old son of northern Mississippi hill-country guitarist, singer, songwriter and juke joint owner Junior Kimbrough, and Malone's debut album on the Clarksdale-based Fat Possum Records, I Got the Dog in Me, follows in his father's footsteps. Malone's live shows feature his backing band, the Sugar Bears, on a varied mix of blues, soul and pop tunes, and even a few Prince covers. Born and raised in Holly Springs, Malone began playing professionally at age six, singing on his father's juke joint stage, and then moved to Chicago before coming back to Mississippi. He served a few years of a 15-year burglary sentence at Parchman Farm Penitentiary, but was saved from hard labor by his musical skills: Malone played keyboards and guitar in the Parchman Farm band, traveling the state with armed guards and performing at fairs, parties and benefits. After Kimbrough recorded his own 1992 debut, All Night Long, for Fat Possum, he told the label execs to go check out his son in the Parchman Farm prison band. Malone was released on parole and began to work out arrangements for the more than 2,000 songs he wrote while in prison; the result was I Got The Dog In Me, which seems to be only the beginning for Malone.
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