The Maledictions

The Maledictions


"Nick Cave meets Johnny Cash" - THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER "Jars you to the strangeness of this American landscape...Deserted fairgrounds, unlit country roads, sawdust floored barrooms, vandalized cemeteries and overstayed debutante balls...Born of inner necessity"


When asked about the kind of music he writes, Kevin Orton has gone on record saying, "I tend to write music for people who are un-insured"...
Where Kevin Orton's 2003 solo debut, FEMME NOIR featured a number of guest artists like The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano, 2005's IDLE HANDS showcases the focused efforts of his band, THE MALEDICTIONS. Current line-up: Suzanne Kaiser (dulcimer/lap steel/vocals), Carla Matero ( vocals), Andy Prosky (lead/rhythm guitar), Paul Sousa (drums/percussion/vocals), Andrew Thornton(bass guitar) & Andy Townsend (lead/rhythm guitar).

Inspired by old Blues & Country, Garage & Post Punk, not to mention lethal doses of writers like Faulkner, Poe & Dashiell Hammett, Orton's sound has been called everything from "Country Noir" to "Gothic Americana" to "Leonard Cohen meets Eric Burdon & The Animals". Or to quote the songwriter himself, "It's all just Folk music really, maybe aggressive Folk but Folk music at heart". None of which accounts for a dramatic live performance style that lies somewhere inbetween a brooding, good old fashioned torch singer & a pissed off Southern Evangelist.

Whether opening solo for the likes of The Violent Femmes or backed by The Maledictions, more than a fair share of gallows humor lurks behind Orton's tales of murder, lust, redemption & woe. In addition, he's made a living as an actor in Film, TV, Broadway & Regional Theatre.


Kevin Orton- Femme Noir (BMI)Blindmidgetmusic
The Maledictions- Idle Hands (BMI)Anvil Records

Set List

1. Red House
2. Down In The Valley
3. Do Your Worst
4. Sad Eyes
5. Killer Inside
6. Let It Rain
7. Bright Eyes
8. Laura
9. Sweet Evangeline
10. Pretty As A Stone
11.Gates Of Hell