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Categorizing the music of Marlow Drive into a single genre is an almost impossible task, unless there’s a new category today called 'Tennessee Riverbank Blues / Rock'. During one of their sets you will hear a tune that you would say is blues. The next song might be an 8 minute jam and the one after that, a driving rock number. However, you would be selling the band, and its fans, short if you tried to place them into a single genre. Although Marlow Drive’s musical influences run the gamut from funk, hard rock, country, soul and jam, their roots run deep into Southern soil. Their hard driving sound and lyrics are definitely Homegrown Southern. Their performances are peppered with all those diverse musical influences that have shaped the individual members of the band; the end result is a very pleasing blend we affectionately refer to as 'Tennessee Riverbank Blues / Rock'. We've also heard fans categorize Hi-Octane Blues Rock, a form of Southern Electric Eclectic. Regardless of what we call it, audiences all over like it enough to engage themselves with Marlow Drive’s music and band members!
The actual sound of Marlow Drive evolves from a modern rock group named 17th Sun. With the exception of 17th lead singer, the core members of that band headed in a new musical direction and formed Marlow Drive. Formed in 2004, 17th Sun toured heavily from 2007 to 2010 emerging as one of the top unsigned acts in the greater Southeast area and has ROCKED shows all over Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. They performed live with a plethora of acts including: Sevendust, Nonpoint, The Exies, Adema, Sponge, Audioslave, Double Drive, Injected, Cold and Sunset Black. They also had a few dates with a couple of nationally touring cover and tribute bands, WWE Wrestling Superstar Chris Jericho's FOZZY and Mistress of Reality. While touring, 17th Sun sold tons of merchandise and over 10,000 copies of their CD "Stand". That CD is still selling today with several new fans from Russia just making purchases recently. These guys were the 'real deal' in that band and are now the 'real deal' in Marlow Drive.
After the front man / lead singer left 17th Sun in 2010, the remaining members separated for 16 months to venture off into other genres of music. Guitarist Shane Hartline and drummer Brian Kelly continued in the metal mode. Guitarist and singer Chip Ables moved to Nashville and performed and toured with Backwater Still while bassist Jody Swygert migrated to the Jam / Funk scene in Florida. Jody eventually invited Chip to come visit the scene at North Florida's Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak during the Wanee Music Festival. That’s where Chip met Warren Haynes for the first time; that was his Music Epiphany. He fell in love with Warren's style and sound which turned his creative musical energies completely in that direction. Regardless of where he had been, and what music he had been into before, this sound felt right for him going forward. Jody was immediately on board with the new vein. They were off to Chattanooga to put a new band together incorporating the influence of their newly found musical mentor. Chip contacted keyboardist Taft Cardwell, a music theory major at MTSU, and invited him to join. All it took was a phone call to Shane and Brian and Marlow Drive was up and running. It was July 2011, they had a few practices and booked their first gig. They worked on their new found sound and gigged around the Chattanooga regional area.
By February 2012, Marlo Drive had written several tunes they felt were CD worthy so they began working on product right away by recording 5 tracks in Nashville, they added 5 tracks last Fall in a new studio in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA, and during Winter and Spring, finished their parts and final mixing in a Chattanooga studio . The mastering was done in Nashville with Graphics and Production completed in Chattanooga. The new CD is "Lights Are Turning Red" and was released in May 2013.
As they were working on their new CD, Marlow Drive developed and honed their new sound by playing some established regional shows starting July 2012. They focused mostly on Festivals and Rally's. To date they have played: The River City Rod Run, Buffalo River Resort Fest with Blackberry Smoke, The Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels, Big Daddy’s Bike Fest, Bell Witch Bike Fest, Rally By the River, Boogie Bottoms Fest, Kensington Throwdown & Benefit Fest, Glenwood Jazz & Blues Fest, Waller in the Holler, Bear Creek Music Fest Campground Jam and The March Of Dimes Music Festival along with various venues throughout the Southeast.
Marlow Drive is currently booking dates for 2013. Please contact David Rye with Side Tracks Artist Development in Chattanooga, TN 423-843-9700 or e mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com. Or visit us on at: marlowdrive.com