Orb Mellon is the blues moniker of Mike Malone, founder and guitarist of the seminal 1990s indie rock band and Sony/Epic recording artists Dirt Merchants.
Orb Mellon’s blues mines the raw energy of 20th Century American roots music, particularly whiskey fueled house party delta blues. Influenced by the likes of Bukka White and Junior Kimbrough, Orb Mellon performs pure, sonically aggressive original blues, free from any quaintness or historicism, prompting one early reviewer to identify Orb Mellon’s work simply as “blues in all its primeval glory.” He has performed extensively around the eastern United States sharing the stage with such diverse acts as David Johansen (NY Dolls), Daddy Long Legs and Charlie Parr in addition to being a long time touring partner of Brownbird Rudy Relic. In 2015, the Orb Mellon Trio was formed with harpmaster Dave “Kosher Kid” Robbins and drummer Mark Hennessy.
Orb Mellon has released 3 full length albums as well as 3 EPs and his work has been featured in regional, national and international press. His music has been included in feature films and television. His songs “Long Way Home”, “What I’m Gonna Do with You” (both from his album Love Above) and “Gonna Find It” (from his album Moan) were featured in seasons 3 and 4 of the FX network hit crime drama “Justified” and in the feature film “Kill For Me.” “Aberdeen” (from Love Above) was included in the 2012 season of the HBO drama “True Blood.” Most recently, his song “Born A Long Time Ago” (from his album Love & Violence) was included in two episodes of the 2015 season of the CBS / Spielberg produced Sci-Fi drama “Extant” staring Oscar winner Halle Berry.