Jesse Malin is New York City through and through, bur Raleigh is still a big part of his lexicon. For one thing, Malin's old D Generation bandmate Richard Bacchus lives down here. For another, Raleigh expatriate Ryan Adams helped launch Malin's solo career, producing his first solo album back in 2002.
"Ryan and I met in Raleigh at the Brewery, in the parking lot in 1995 or '96," Malin said in a recent phone interview. "We stared hanging out, talking music. I'd see him in North Carolina, he'd see me in New York. Then he moved up here and we got to be drinking buddies, which led to jamming and hanging out and him producing my first album. He's been a great friend and a great guy to be around, his musical energy is always super-inspiring. He's been involved in most of my records, either playing bass or guitar or some crazy percussion part."
For more, including details on Malin's Raleigh show this weekend with Bacchus, see the preview in Friday's paper.