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Portrait of Don Maloney

Don Maloney

About Don Maloney

Surprise, AZ

Interested in a variety of styles of music from an early age, Don wanted to play music from the start. "I remember wanting to be a musician before I was in fifth grade."

After trying a number of other instruments, Don picked up his Dad's old guitar at age 13, and it was love at first sight. For his 14th birthday he got a new guitar and lessons from a local jazz musician.

Less than a year later, Don got his first Michael Hedges CD. Michael Hedges' music opened Don's ears and mind to the possibilities that instrumental solo guitar possessed. Don began composing solo guitar pieces and performing them whenever he got the chance.

Don continued adding influences and learned from many fantastic musicians in high school and college including Howard Levy and Regi Wooten.

Don performed for 4 years, and released a CD with the contemporary folk group, Evidence. He has also performed in Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Funk, and World Fusion bands, and has opened for national acts including Sam Bush and Little Feat.

In the spring of 2005, Don moved to a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, and can be seen performing solo and with several bands including Dual Frequency with Ray Riendeau.

Don's First CD, "Eight Rivers" was released in December of 2006 and showcases Don's song-writing ability, musical diversity, and overall command of both 7 and 8 string guitars.


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