Aaron Lee Marshall served from 2004-2005 in Baqubah Iraq as a Military Police Officer attached to the 1st Infantry Division. Originally in New Hampshires own ANG with the 2/197 Field Artillery unit, he was retrained as an MP and sent to the front lines. Divorce, PTSD and problems with Alcohol almost took his life before it began. But instead of giving up, he turned to music and released his debut album "Now Maybe" in late 2009 where it earned him a spot as one of the Top 5 Best-Selling Maine Artists in Down East Magazine.
It turned into a local phenomenon that perhaps saved his life. He then formed a band and began playing out at big venues like the Rochester Opera House and Boston's Hard Rock Cafe. Members included Alex Mills on percussion, Darren Finnegan on Bass, Scott Fleming on Lead Guitar and Scott Whittle on keys. Only a 2 months after the formation of the Aaron Lee Marshall Band as if was now called, he realeased a LIVE album called "Take it and Like it" (Named after a scene in a 1940's Humphrey Bogart movie)
Then he went into the studio to record his second studio album with Superior Media Group. He started searching out the best Maine Musicians around to help create the dream concept rock album he had been planning since his Tour of Duty in Baqubah, Iraq in 2004. Amazingly, he was able to get the licensing rights to use some material from the late comedian Bill Hicks who appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman 12 times. On his 12th appearance on the show he became the only performer to ever be completely censored and the entire act was cut from the show. Bill's passion for opening up peoples minds to the real truths in the world is why this album is named in his honor. "Its Just a Ride". Bill Hicks passed away of pancreatic cancer on Febuary 26th 1994. He was only 32 years old.
Another Legendary Comedian whos material appears on the album is thanks to his Widow Lynne Shawcroft. Hedberg appeared on "That 70's Show", The Late Show with Conan Obrien and multiple times on The Late Show with David Letterman. Tragically, Mitch Hedberg passed away in 2005 at the age of 37.
The only living Comedian who appears on the album, and is one of the hardest touring, hardest hitting acts this country has to date is Lee Camp. He has appeared on Fox News, ABC's Good Morning America. He currently tours non-stop across the globe and just recently released his book Moment Of Clarity.
Musical guests include LEGENDARY MAINE ROCKERS Dave Gutter (Rustic Overtones/Paranoid Social Club) and Zach Jones (As Fast As). Other musical guests include Olivia Gaines, Jared Moody, Graham Duval (Old Abode), Corey Tibbetts (Sidecar Radio) and George Paul. Yet another tragedy took place just as the album was gaing speed. U.S. Army Veteran George Paul who brilliantly plays the opening harmonica line in "Iraq War Song" commited suicide on Christmas eve 2011. Aaron Lee Marshall took this particularly hard, because it followed yet another fellow veterans tragic suicide.
Because of certain events and personal issues including a hard relapse with drugs and alcohol by Aaron Lee Marshall the album was put on hold for almost 2 years. But now completely sober and working as an PTSD advocate, Aaron Lee Marshall is finally ready to rock Maine, NH and the rest of New England!
The new album "Its Just a Ride" promises to be an adventure into the artistic albility of once soldier turned musican Aaron Lee Marshall, and his idea to blend such an eclectic and highly talented band of artists together on one album.
And with the launch of ALM's Pledgemusic page, the real ride is about to begin.