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Marlow Drive / Bio

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.

By February 2013, Marlow 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 2015. Please contact David Rye with Side Tracks Artist Development in Chattanooga, TN 423-843-9700 or e mail us at sidetracks@comcast.net; marlowdrive@comcast.net. Or visit us on at: marlowdrive.com

General Info

Band Members
Chip Ables - Vocals, Jody Swygert - Bass
Artist Name
Marlow Drive
Home Page
Active Since
Blues / Rock / Jam / Funk

Contact Info

Chattanooga, TN
David Rye, Side Tracks Artist Development 423-843-9700

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