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Bruce Marshall Group

Concord, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Concord, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
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Click the link above for footage of the band playing Bruce's original "Last Call and First Light". - Bruce Marshall Group


Click the link above to see Bruce's interview before his performance at the Tupelo Music Hall. - Bruce Marshall Group


Click the link above to see the official video for Bruce's original song "Victor Talking Machine". - Bruce Marshall Group


“Misspent Youth” (ATM): B+
Since disbanding his Boston-based band, Bruce Marshall and the Clue, in the late ’80s to form this group, it has been a long ride for the Concord singer/songwriter. Thankfully much of it is captured here in the group’s fifth recording. Marshall says the autobiographical core of the album is slightly embellished in its oft-visited themes of addiction, youthful ignorance, lost love and personal remorse, but his songs are so well-crafted that it all rings anew. With a Jesse Winchester-like skill for blending blues, country and jazz and a monster ear for a hook, Marshall’s tunes have a way of taking hold and resonating long after they end. Download: “3 Chords and the Truth.” (Appearing tonight at Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ and Blues.)

Nate Dow
Boston Herald 6-11-10 - By Nate Dow


Pulling into the huge parking lot at Patriot Place, I’m thinking, 20 minutes out of Boston and I can eat, drink and be very merry here, and I laugh. Bruce Marshall is just beginning his set when I walk in and he plays a bunch of cuts from his latest CD, Misspent Youth. Marshall is a premier songwriter and his tunes are all hummable with memorable hooks and after many of the melodies you wonder if it was a cover you just heard or if it is an original composition; his radio-friendly music is of the highest-caliber and guitarist David Cournoyer (ex-the Vex) is one of the best unknown six-stringers in the area. “Say A Little Listen A Lot” is one of his typical uptempo power-pop tunes with jazz chords and a bit of swing mixed in and the crowd loves the sound. This is a good opening band for Roomful and everyone in the audience is here to have a good time. Bruce’s band sets the partying mood for the night.

The headliner’s set is so diverse: Jump. Swing. Blues. Rockabilly. R & B. Soul. And the sound system in this club is so good that their eight instruments surround you and sweep you away with them as they crush the room with their musical momentum. “Boogie Woogie Country Girl” by Big Joe Turner. “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams. “T-Bone Boogie” by T. Bone Walker are some of the covers they do and “She Walks Right In,” “Just A Little Love,” and “Time Brings Bout A Change” from their latest CD “Hook, Line and Sinker” showcase vocalist Phil Pemberton’s sweet and personal vocals. Every word he sings sounds like he’s singing it just to you in the audience. Chris Vachon’s great guitar is a treat also. And when trumpeter Doug Woolverton walks through the crowd while soloing in “Jambalaya” the night really catches fire. There is a lot going on during their music. During one song everyone onstage becomes quiet as baritone saxist Mark Earley plays the bass lines for a bunch of measures while alto/tenor saxist Rich Lataille plays the melody. Moments like this really shine the light on how good the musicians in this band really are. A great night just a stone’s throw from downtown Boston. - By A.J. Wachtel


Say hello to Bruce Marshall, music man, blues man. A typical American fella, if typical means playing with BB King, Steven Tyler, Charlie Daniels, James Montgomery and, well the list goes on.

Marshall is a New England music staple, in many incarnations. In the '80's he was Bruce Marshall and the Clue but he left that to wok with Toy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band. In 1991 he formed the Bruce Marshall Group, and he continues playing with them.

But when they're not touring, he has a comfortable gig alongside Montgomery (Montgomery and Marshall), as well as with Treated and Released, the acoustic version of the bluesy-rock Bruce Marshall Group. Treated and Released includes Buddy MacLellan, who played with Marshall years earlier in the band Whitecap.

But Marshall is still not done. He also tours as the Marshall Duo and The Marshall Trio; the list of regular musicians he teams up with goes on and on as well. Last, but certainly not least, Marshall is a part of the philanthropic James Montgomery and Friends

Whew, let me catch my breath. Marshall is a 30 year veteran of musician life, and knows what it takes as an independent performer to make it in the business. You've got to be able to play in every type of music venue. Marshall can. Marshall does. Some of his biggest acts are as a solo opener of the likes of The Doobie Brothers at Hampton Beach, Bryan Adams at the Civic Center in Providence, RI. and Chicago at the Verizon Wsireless Arena, Manchester, in 2003.

The Bruce Marshall Group's sound varies from southern rock to R & B to country blues. Occasionally Marshall's sister and original member of the band Sally Marshall Griffin makes an appearance on stage with the quintet. The group's first album, "Love of the Ride," was released in '92 and their latest effort, the 14 track "Kalispell", was released in 2003.

Two tracks from Kalispell.

"Kalispell" - The title track opens with a country-like rhythm, though as opposed to whining about losing his dog, his girlfriend and his truck, Marshall happily sings of the open road and his goal of reaching Kalispell before the rain falls. "Kalispell is an uplifting traditional rock song full of catchy riffs and lyrics.

"Can I Change My Mind" - All the musical components of this song make up a good foot taping, head-bobbing beat, but the melody of Marshall's vocals come off a bit like a Tom Jones song; take that as you will.



Interview with Bruce Marshall - The Hippo Press


Discography

2010 - Misspent Youth
2007 - Restless Soul
2004 - Fit For The King
2003 - Kalispell
2000 - Live at the Capitol Theater
1998 - Treated and Released
1997 - Sneak Preview Vol. II
1992 - Love of the Ride

All records published by ATM Records. Radio airplay on WZLX 100.7 FM Boston, among others.

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The Bruce Marshall Group formed in 1991 and has been performing and recording steadily throughout the US since their inception, delighting crowds and garnering rave reviews at every stop.

Bruce was on the road for most of the 80’s with Bruce Marshall and the Clue, a popular Boston based band that recorded an album on ATM records in ‘88 and was also featured on numerous compilations. In ‘89 Bruce took a break from the band to join forces with Toy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band and they hit the road, playing throughout the US in support of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels and the Outlaws. The Toy Caldwell band recorded one of Bruce’s originals with noted producer Paul Hornsby and Bruce worked on their major label debut, Toy Caldwell, “Son of the South” on Cabin Fever Records. In the early 90’s, Bruce formed a duo with old friend James Montgomery and they released 2 live CD’s (both are BB King openers) and continue to perform on a regular basis. To date, Bruce has shared the stage with over 85 national acts.

The Bruce Marshall Group emerged shortly thereafter and originally had an 8-piece lineup. Their first CD, “Love of the Ride”, was released in ‘92 and featured 10 new originals, including the song performed by the Toy Caldwell Band, and the ASCAP songwriter award winning “If Dreams Were Money”. Their second CD, “Sneak Preview Volume 2?, was released in ‘97 and featured 10 new tracks with a five piece unit. “Kalispell”, was released in 2003 includes 14 songs, 11 new Bruce Marshall originals and covers by Tyrone Davis, Toy Caldwell and Chris Rhodes. The CD boasts world-class songs and amazing performances and production. Their newest release is entitled “Misspent Youth” and came out to rave reviews in 2010. The single “Three Chords and the Truth” features duo partner James Montgomery on harp and is receiving extensive airplay. These 12 classic Bruce Marshall tracks are among his best efforts to date and showcase the band’s musicianship, arranging and production. You won’t find any filler on this record and the new release pushes the band to new heights.

The Bruce Marshall Group live show treats their fans to a soaring ride as they rip through a catalog of original material that truly sets this band apart. They love to mix it up, whether it’s pulling off exciting jams that build with dynamics and layering, or playing the concise arrangements of their songs with discipline and taste. The sound defies categorization, slipping seamlessly around touches of Blues, R&B, Rock and Southern Boogie. The interplay between Bruce and longtime guitarist Dave Cournoyer is the heart and soul of their performances and they always deliver. The songs are mostly upbeat, but even those dealing with love lost and missed opportunities, carry an underlying sense of hope and optimism. The band continues to work tirelessly and must be experienced live to be fully appreciated.

For videos, tour dates, and more, visit the official website at www.brucemarshall.com