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Marshall Rhodes / Press

“This album is as good as it gets, and Marshall Rhodes nails each song on this album. From slow Roots/Americana to up tempo Roots Rock, all the cuts are in the pocket with a distinct sound that showcases a dynamic singer that is second to none. The musicians in the band are compelling and support the feel of each track with craftily created licks that enhance the lyrics and the vocal performance. Their debut release is sure to turn heads throughout the music industry.”

“The opening cut here, “la' Pontchartrain”, with its rollicking piano boogie gets one thinking, “Dixieland swing country from a Bay area band”? Sort of right, abetted by the ragtime clarinet, (?... yup, a clarinet), solo on “Kay Marie”, further down in the tracks. The truth of the matter is that this self-titled release by Marshall Rhodes is rather more eclectic than that. The second cut, “Brand New Coat of Paint”, is in the traditional country good-time vein, replete with brushes on the snare-only rhythm line. Conversely, fourth up is “In The Name Of God”, a searing and rocking indictment of organized religion that sprawls from Biblical times to the present, and features guitarist Michael Lehman soaring with the best of them. The band's writing is principally in the hands of Glenn Burke, the Rhodes complement to Lehman's Marshall, and Michael Godwin and Adam Berkowitz on bass and percussion round out this quartet that has its antecedents in Frisco's Borderline. Diff”

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