The Bruce Marshall Group
The Bruce Marshall Group formed in 1991 and has been performing and recording steadily throughout the US since their inception, delighting crowds and garnering rave reviews at every stop.
Bruce was on the road for most of the 80’s with Bruce Marshall and the Clue, a popular Boston based band that recorded an album on ATM records in ‘88 and was also featured on numerous compilations. In ‘89 Bruce took a break from the band to join forces with Toy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band and they hit the road, playing throughout the US in support of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels and the Outlaws. The Toy Caldwell band recorded one of Bruce’s originals with noted producer Paul Hornsby and Bruce worked on their major label debut, Toy Caldwell, “Son of the South” on Cabin Fever Records. In the early 90’s, Bruce formed a duo with old friend James Montgomery and they released 2 live CD’s (both are BB King openers) and continue to perform on a regular basis. To date, Bruce has shared the stage with over 200 national acts.
The Bruce Marshall Group emerged shortly thereafter and originally had an 8-piece lineup. Their first CD, “Love of the Ride”, was released in ‘92 and featured 10 new originals, including the song performed by the Toy Caldwell Band, and the ASCAP songwriter award winning “If Dreams Were Money”. Their second CD, “Sneak Preview Volume 2″, was released in ‘97 and featured 10 new tracks with a five piece unit. “Kalispell”, was released in 2003 includes 14 songs, 11 new Bruce Marshall originals and covers by Tyrone Davis, Toy Caldwell and Chris Rhodes. The CD boasts world-class songs and amazing performances and production. Their newest release is entitled “Misspent Youth” and came out to rave reviews in 2010. The single “Three Chords and the Truth” features duo partner James Montgomery on harp and is receiving extensive airplay. These 12 classic Bruce Marshall tracks are among his best efforts to date and showcase the band’s musicianship, arranging and production. You won’t find any filler on this record and the new release pushes the band to new heights.
The Bruce Marshall Group live show treats their fans to a soaring ride as they rip through a catalog of original material that truly sets this band apart. They love to mix it up, whether it’s pulling off exciting jams that build with dynamics and layering, or playing the concise arrangements of their songs with discipline and taste. The sound defies categorization, slipping seamlessly around touches of Blues, R&B, Rock and Southern Boogie. The interplay between Bruce and longtime guitarist Dave Cournoyer is the heart and soul of their performances and they always deliver. The songs are mostly upbeat, but even those dealing with love lost and missed opportunities, carry an underlying sense of hope and optimism. The band continues to work tirelessly and must be experienced live to be fully appreciated.