American Journey is a potpourri of our musical roots as a people. Past and present, it is American culture through music and story that we have talked about, laughed about, cried about and sung about for over 235 years. There are moments of poignancy, intellectual curiosity and outright laughter all woven together in a virtuosic and entertaining tapestry of guitar, banjo and vocal music.
David Malmberg is the creator of American Journey. He calls himself a folksinger, but his training as a classical guitarist with America Martinez Serrano at the Conservatorio De Musica, in Sevilla, Spain really puts him in another league. Called a "treasure" by Hugh Downs, former anchor of ABC's 20/20, Mr. Malmberg's exquisite style of playing and singing lends a unique artistry to his concerts.
With a vast repertoire at his disposal, the music integrates many musical styles . American Journey features songs about young love, (Shenandoah) early American hymns, (Simple Gifts) circuit riders, (Reverend Mr. Black) the Civil War, (Follow the Drinking Gourd) riverboat travel (Mark Twain) plus, contemporary offerings of historical interest from the 20th century and beyond.
With a Master's degree in music, he also provides a scholarly touch to American Journey without becoming overly academic. In his words, "All of these songs have wonderful stories connected to them. Stories that breathe new life into songs that are sometimes hundreds of years old."