Marshall Lawrence

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Marshall Lawrence “Doctor of the Blues” is a true “Prairie Bluesman”. Marshall performs acoustic slide & finger-style blues and roots with a true and genuine blues feel. Marshall’s music is described as Acid Blues & Roots – delta-style blues and roots with a raw edge & an acid twist. Marshall has released 3 CDs “Where’s the Party”, “The Morning After” and “Blues Intervention” to wide critical acclaim.

DISCOGRAPHY

Marshall LawrenceMarshall Lawrence Releases:
Where’s the Party? (2003)
The Morning After (2008)
Blues Intervention (2010)
House Call (2013)
Marshall Lawrence appears on the following CDs:
All For You (2008) – Woodbend Bluegrass Band
Comin’ Home (2013) – James Boraski

VIDEOGRAPHY

Co-produced and published over 20 music performance videos: www.youtube.com/marshalllawrence
AWARDS

Inducted into the Blues of Hall of Fame ® as a Great Blues Artist from Canada
Blues Underground Network Ambassador Of The Blues Award

Maple Blues Award Nominee – New Artist/Group Of The Year

Canadian Independent Music Award Nominee – Favourite Blues Artist Group or Duo of the Year

Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner – Best Provincial Male Blues Artist

Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Nominee – Best Provincial Blues CD Album “The Morning After”

Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Nominee – Provincial Artist of the Year

CHARTS

Blues Intervention

“Best Canadian Blues Album” by Blues Underground Network

Top 10 on Canada’s Roots Music Report – for radio play

Top 10 on Roots Music Report – Roots Blues – Top 50 Blues (International) – for radio play

Top 10 on the Blues Radio Airplay Charts in France

#6 in CFBX Top 25 Blues Albums 2010

#8 in WWCU CB Roy’s Mostly Blues Top 50 Albums of 2010

WUCX-FM Eclectic Chair (Trish Lewis) Best of 2010 list

CHMR-FM Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues Albums of 2010

#3 on The Blues List – Blues Underground Network’s Top Picks for May 2010

The Morning After

“Best Acoustic Release – Canada” by Blues Underground Network

#1 on Canada’s Roots Music Report – for radio play on several months

Top 10 on Roots Music Report – Roots Blues – Top 50 Blues (International) – for radio for radio play

charted on Roots Music Report – Roots Blues – for radio play – for over 30 weeks

#8 on The Sunday Night Blues Project Top 10 CDs of 2009

named one of the Top 20 Best Blues Albums released in 2008 by Norman Davis – “Midnight Flyer” Blues Radio Show – KKIT-FM, Taos, NM; KEGR-FM, Concord, CA; KYOU.com, San Francisco and FatMusicRadio.com

SELECT PRESS HIGHLIGHTS & REVIEWS

“… 5***** for “House Call”… I highly doubt there will be a better Acoustic Blues Album released in Canada for 2013..” John Vermilyea of Blues Underground Network

“… One of the best acoustic blues-albums of 2013 (House Call) …” Nathan Norgell, Wasser-Prawda Magazine

“…(House Call) Mixing smart chops with found music edginess, this white boy that shouldn’t have blues at all has a certain white boy blues experience that has his stamp and only his stamp all over it. …. Lawrence knows how to reach those who like their music coloring outside the lines….” Chris Spector – Midwest Record

“…Marshall Lawrence has got what it takes. A top-notch player backed with an equally talented band Marshall Lawrence is the real deal and House Call is one fine piece of work….” Bill Wilson Billtown Blues Association

“…. Few artists can match Marshall Lawrence’s solo acoustic presentation. A gifted translation of Delta blues expression… Blues Intervention should cement Lawrence’s reputation as a neo-Delta visionary…. “ Living Blues

“… Marshall belongs to the group of artists such as Taj Mahal, Roy Bookbinder and Corey Harris who just like Marshall knows how to put new life into the old traditional Delta Blues style with an injection of raw energy and boundless enthusiasm …” Rootstime

“… When it comes to building a solid foundation of Blues Music in Canada, there is a new cornerstone being laid and standing firmly on top of that stone is one of our truest Ambassador’s of the Blues, Marshall Lawrence …” Blues Underground Network

“… Blues Intervention, from start to finish, is 13 tracks of pure delight… well-crafted songs and exquisite resophonic guitar… Blues Interventionis a brilliant mix of storytelling and traditional blues…” Penguin Eggs – 10th Anniversary Issue, Summer 2010

“… It’s still delta-style country blues, but new. In fact, I think Lawrence is following in the footsteps of some very important artists like Bernie Pearl and Corey Harris and Taj Mahal in the way that he is at once historical musicologist and contemporary interpreter….” The Sunday Night Blues Project

“… enjoyed from beginning to end, one highlight follows the other… the man is an excellent songwriter… this release is one of the best in the genre…” (review of Blues Intervention) Review The Blues - Dutch website

“Marshall Lawrence shows That a Canadian from all the way up North can play Southern Mississippi Delta Blues … best acoustic blues …” (review of Blues Intervention) Keys & Chords - Belgium magazine/website

“… Giving “Blues Intervention”, my Highest Recommendation with a Solid 5***** Rating…” John Vermilyea – Blues Underground Network

“…. In places he reminded me strongly of some of the late-sixties acoustic practitioners of the U.K. blues scene; at other times he is akin to Catfish Keith at his best….” Blues & Rhythm magazine (U.K.) reviewing Blues Intervention

“…Blues Interventionis a dynamic set of acoustic blues, one of the best sets I’ve heard this year. It’s loaded with great original songs and some extraordinary fretwork… “ Blues Bytes

“…Marshall can make those pretty guitars sing…. If you are a fan of acoustic country blues look no further than Marshall Lawrence’s Blues Intervention…” Washington Blues Society

“… Marshall is a true Canadian treasure… When a songwriter can strike a cord with the listener deep down into that person’s soul, and you know the artist can relate to you, that is something special, and that is Marshall Lawrence… “ Rock Over Amercia

“… Good time music, exceptional musicianship and playing, a True Blues Great and Great Blues album … “ Rock Over Amercia

“…Fantastic blues from this technician that has doctored the blues to perfection….” review of Blues Intervention in the Tannehill Trader (Tuscaloosa, AL)

“…. Lawrence doesn’t try to be anybody but himself. In a world full of Clapton wannabes embarrassing themselves by doing what amounts to blackface, that’s genuinely refreshing…..” Lucid Culture (NYC)

“… Marshall is completely devoted to his music and he is able to stir up a deep interest to discover the legacy of low down Mississippi blues…” Vicente P. Zumel La Hora Del Blues – Spain

“… He’s a native of Edmonton, Alberta but plays the bottleneck guitar as if he grew up in the Mississippi delta…” GLT Blues Radio, Illinois USA

“…You can write books on playing and singing the blues, you can also find more opinions on this genre than half of the rest put together. This guy has got both the technical skills and the heart for this music, blues lovers will not be disappointed..” Beehive Candy Podcast

“… Few artists can match the musical qualities of the Canadian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Marshall Lawrence … “ Muziekvenster - Dutch radio/website

“… Lawrence presents us with excellent compositions … is a lesson in fingerpicking, slide-service and more. … mixes fingerpicking and slide technique so that the jaw is desperate stop before it reaches the ground…” RockTimes - German magazine/website

SELECT PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Alberta:

Weekly Open Stage – 4 yrs. Ongoing, The Crown Pub, Edmonton, AB
Calgary International Blues Festival, Calgary, AB
Leduc Blues Festival, Leduc, AB
Beaumont Blues Festival, Beaumont, AB
Frozen Rose Blues Festival, Bailey Theatre, Camrose, AB
Word On The Street Festival, Lethbridge, AB
Wild Mountain Music Festival, Hinton, AB
Tongue On The Post Music Festival, Medicine Hat, AB
Mid-Winter Blues Festival, Blues on Whyte, Edmonton, AB
Spruce Meadows Bluegrass Festival, Calgary, AB
Canadian Rockies Bluegrass Festival, Nordegg, AB
Rombs Annual Country and Bluegrass Jamboree, Fairview, AB
Great Canadian Barn Dance, Hill Spring, AB

British Columbia:

Back Woods Blues Festival, Invermere, BC
Cottonwood Music Festival, Fort St. James, B.C.
Main Street Blues Festival, Vancouver, BC

Northwest Territories:

Yellowknife, NWT
Caribou Carnival, Le Frolic, The Twist, The Mackenzie Lounge, The Top Night

Fort Smith, NWT
South Slave Friendship Festival

Ekati, NWT
EKATI Diamond Mine

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP

Alberta Music The Blues Foundation



 
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