Malpass Brothers / Family

2 items from our 2006 newsletter regarding the Malpass Brothers:

Health Problems Force Don Helms to Cancel Thursday Show in Fountain
Don Helms’ sold-out Thursday night concert with the Malpass Family at Fountain General Store has been postponed indefinitely because of Helms’ health.

The Malpass Family will still be performing, and ticket prices have been reduced to $7.

“We’ll refund full prices for anyone who would rather us do that,” said Fountain General Store proprietor Alex Albright.

Helms has been suffering from a virus that has proved difficult to clear up, according to Andrea Malpass. He’s resting at home, she said, where he also is recovering from cataract surgery. “He finally had to call and say he’d have to sit this one out,” added Malpass, who noted that Helms has repeatedly called Fountain General Store his favorite place to perform.

“We’re disappointed,” said Albright, “but we look forward to getting this event re-scheduled, as soon as Mr. Helms’ health allows.”

Thursday night’s patrons will be asked to sign a get-well card for Helms, whose steel guitar playing defined Hank Williams’ sound. Helms is the last living member of Williams’ Drifting Cowboys Band.

The Malpass Family concert will begin at 8 p.m. on June 1.

Patrons interested in obtaining a full refund should contact Fountain General Store at 252-749-3228 or e.mail the proprietor at alex@rafountain.com. Partial refunds will be available at the door, for patrons who wish to still keep their reserved seats.

[note: No one asked for a refund.]

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Don Helms & Chris Malpass Hank Williams Tribute Now Available
The much anticipated Hank Williams tribute CD by Chris Malpass and Don Helms, called Turn Back the Years, features new covers of 11 classic Williams songs. Helms, who played steel guitar on most of the original recordings, has been traveling with Malpass throughout the country, performing Hank Williams tributes in Louisiana, Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Canada.

Clyde Mattocks doesn’t think it will be long before Malpass is a fixture on the Nashville music scene, and few that have heard this amazing talent would argue. Mattocks, who often plays dobro and banjo for the Malplass Family shows, plays bass on the new CD. He is joined by fiddle champion Tim Smith and Taylor Malpass on electric guitar. Kenny Dail plays steel guitar on one track, and Lisa Hill plays piano on another.