Orb Mellon is the blues moniker of Mike Malone, founder and guitarist of the seminal 1990s indie rock band and Sony/Epic recording artists Dirt Merchants.
Orb Mellon mines the raw energy of 20th Century American roots music, particularly whiskey fueled house party delta blues. Influenced by the likes of Bukka White, Junior Kimbrough, and John Fahey, Orb Mellon performs pure, sonically aggressive, and ever transforming original folk blues, free from any quaintness or historicism, prompting one early reviewer to identify Orb Mellon’s work simply as "blues in all its primeval glory." He has performed extensively around the eastern United States and Canada sharing the stage with such diverse acts as David Johansen (NY Dolls), Daddy Long Legs, Charlie Parr, R.L.Boyce and Brownbird Rudy Relic. In 2018, Orb Mellon was a feature performer at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. In 2019, Orb Mellon was a New England Music Awards nominee in the best blues act category.
Orb Mellon has released 3 full length albums and 3 EPs and his work has been featured in regional, national, and international press. Orb Mellon’s music has been included in feature films and television shows including the FX network hit crime drama "Justified," the feature film "Kill For Me," the HBO drama "True Blood," the CBS / Spielberg produced Sci-Fi drama "Extant" staring Oscar winner Halle Berry, the CBS drama "The Good Wife," the BBC America drama "The Intruders," and the AT&T network drama "Mr. Mercedes."
Orb Mellon's work is currently available on all streaming platforms.
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