Best-selling science fiction and adventure author Mack
Maloney makes his recording debut with Sky Club, an
album of original and cover songs that coincides with the
release of his latest book.
Sky Club is a concept album that tells the story of a space
traveler stranded on a deserted planet with only the music
on his iPod to keep him company. The iPod contains the
ill-fated traveler's favorite tunes, by bands such as The
Who, Cream, Jars of Clay and Dream Patrol, along with
two original tracks. The album is being released on
Maloney, who has sold 4.5 million books in his fiction writing
career, plays keyboards in a musical cast that features
Mark Poulin on guitars, bass, percussion and vocals; Rich
Kennedy on guitars and effects; Amadee Castenell on sax;
and Chris Billias on piano. Members of the ensemble have
played with Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Don Henley,
Billy Joel, and Robert Palmer, among others.
The spaceman whose story unravels in the album's 12 tracks
dies in an attempt to fly back home. His body and iPod are
discovered millions of years later by aliens who know nothing
of music. The aliens rehabilitate the device and with it,
introduce music to their society. "It's a sad story with a happy
ending," says Maloney.