The Malpass Brothers coming to Stanly Saturday for SCCA performance

Published 11:39 am Monday, October 11, 2021

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Following up on a strong performance by the Embers band in late August — which featured close to 500 people in attendance — the Stanly County Concert Association, now in its 73rd season, is gearing up for its second concert — this time featuring two North Carolina brothers known for their classic country tunes.

Christopher and Taylor Malpass, known as The Malpass Brothers, are from Goldsboro and will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Agri-Civic Center. Originally slated to perform last year before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, this will be third time the brothers have come to Stanly thanks to the concert series and the first since 2014.

“Everybody loves them,” said Charlotte Maness, president of the association, noting that people have already been purchasing tickets in advance of the performance. “We’ve had people coming from everywhere.”

Originally inspired by their grandfather’s phonograph records, according to their website, the brothers, with their carefully textured coifs and colorful old-school suits, hearken back to a different era, playing music in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and Hank Williams.

“My brother Taylor and I do the type of music we do because this music speaks to us, and speaks to the souls of its listeners,” said Christopher Malpass, according to the duo’s website. “For us, traditional country music is the ‘real deal’ – every song portrays life’s joys, heartaches, problems and happiness. It comes from the heart, and has depth and truth. Nothing is sugar coated.”

“Our goal,” he continued, “really, is to see this music be revived, to help ensure it doesn’t fade away. It is so encouraging to have young people come to our shows with a new interest in our ‘old music.’ Being able to introduce what we love to another generation feels like a great accomplishment for us. We want this music to be around for our children’s children.”

Having shared billing with performers such as Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson, the brothers have performed on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest.

The SNAP reached out to Paul Winstead, the drummer for the Malpass Brothers, for a comment, but he was not available as of publication time.

Tickets, which cost $20 for adults and $10 for students, can be purchased on the SCCA’s website and are available in advance at the Agri-Civic Center or Starnes Jewelers.

The other performers this season will be Paul Saik at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, The Nashville Legacy Christmas Show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, The Entertainers at 7:30 p.m. March 19, 2022, and The Hall Sisters at 7:30 p.m. April 23, 2022.

While masks are not required, they are strongly encouraged, Maness said, adding there is plenty of room in the auditorium for people to safely social distance.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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