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The title of Craig Marshall's new release Hiding in the Doorway underlines the artist's longstanding status as a well-kept secret, treasured by a devoted cadre of discerning fans and music-biz insiders, and ripe for discovery by a wider audience.
Over the past two decades, the Austin, TX-based singer-songwriter-guitarist has quietly built a remarkably accomplished body of work, drawing upon his wide-ranging musical background to craft engagingly melodic, personally-charged music that's as emotionally resonant as it is catchy.
Hiding in the Doorway, on Marshall's own Big Ticket label, is his most cohesive and compelling musical statement yet. The 11-song set (produced by longtime Marshall admirer Robert Harrison, of Cotton Mather/Future Clouds and Radar fame) maintains the same standards of sturdy songcraft, sonic imagination and lyrical insight established in his prior work, while adding a rootsy, stripped-down sensibility that's well-suited to such distinctive new tunes as "Hold On A Second," "Kickstand," "As the Story Goes" and the haunting title track.
Craig Marshall's lengthy musical resume stretches back to his teen years performing with various combos in his hometown of Syracuse, New York. He moved to Austin in the early 1990s with his then-band, the country-leaning Delta Rays, but soon found himself founding and leading the locally popular Sinatra-style jazz-swing outfit The Lucky Strikes. That outfit, which predated the '90s swing resurgence, kept Marshall busy for several years. But he eventually felt the urge to get back to writing and performing more personal songs that more accurately reflected his own experiences and influences.
The result was Marshall's acclaimed 2002 solo debut Popular Crimes, which was followed by 2005's Before The Fadeaway, 2008's Point of View and the 2011 EP Six Songs to Sunday. Along the way, his songs were picked up for a variety of film and TV soundtracks, and his compositions were covered by a variety of artists, including Triple A sweethearts the Kennedys (whose Maura Kennedy was a member of Marshall's old band the Delta Rays), Austin favorite Trish Murphy and noted country-rocker Penny Jo Pullus. Marshall's growing reputation as a performer and songwriter led to invitations to perform at Austin's SXSW music festival as well as the annual International Pop Overthrow in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Liverpool, England.
Hiding in the Doorway consolidates Marshall's prior achievements into a warmly organic, effortlessly accessible sound that's well suited to his new songs' appealing melodies and revealing lyrics. The material is enhanced by Robert Harrison's subtly imaginative production, as well as the contributions of some of Austin's finest players and singers. In addition to fellow singer-songwriters Michael Fracasso, Jenifer Jackson, Betty Soo and Trish and Darin Murphy, who contribute backing vocals, the sessions drew upon the talents of such Austin all-stars as George Reiff and Jon Notarthomas on bass, Kevin Lovejoy on piano, Rick Richards on drums, Warren Hood on fiddle and Charlie Richards on steel guitar.
Despite that impressive assemblage of local talent, Hiding in the Doorway's focus is squarely on the songs and Marshall's performances. "One thing that we did differently on this record," he explains, "was that we started by recording my voice and acoustic guitar. Then we built the tracks from that, and let the song dictate what the track would be. That approach made sense for this group of songs, and I think that these arrangements help to tell the stories and bring the song to the surface.
"This album is a bit of a departure for me, but it's not that different," Marshall notes, adding, "For better or worse, I live and die with chord-driven harmony, and that's what drives me as a songwriter. This is the music that I've always done and always loved, but I haven't recorded it in quite this way before. That's kind of what the title Hiding in the Doorway is saying: it's been there all along, hiding in plain sight, and now it's stepping out of the shadows."