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Marshall Derrick was raised on a farm in rural eastern North Carolina where he took up an interest in country music. He was influenced by artists such as George Strait, Tim McGraw and John Michael Montgomery. Marshall began playing guitar and singing while in high school and soon joined the band “The Outlaws” as lead singer. He continued to play and sing in different events where he also placed in the USA network hit show “Nashville Star.” Marshall grew to be one of the areas hottest vocalists, and enlisted the areas best musicians to back him in the Marshall Derrick Band. Marshall performed with Lee Venters, Kevin Smith, Bruce Hickman, and Jeremy Blessing. In late 2010, Marshall Derrick joined forces with "Bailout Boogie Band" to form "Chillin Dixie." Marshall accepted the role as lead singer with some of the best musicians in the area. Chillin Dixie is an outlaw style band composed of a "pure country" style of music.