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MARSHALL & THE FRO

Marshall & The Fro

Model:
MAF001
SKU:
935453
PLU: 9370510502402

2007 Self-Titled Reissue!

Psychic or sceptic, you'd be forgiven for thinking that a man born under a full moon, on a Good Friday the 13th, must have 'something' to answer for? Well Marshall Okell is certainly up to 'something'. As his timely arrival into the world set precedent, there's certainly nothing 'ordinary' about it.

2007 Self-Titled Reissue!

Psychic or sceptic, you'd be forgiven for thinking that a man born under a full moon, on a Good Friday the 13th, must have 'something' to answer for? Well Marshall Okell is certainly up to 'something'. As his timely arrival into the world set precedent, there's certainly nothing 'ordinary' about it.

Format - CD
Genre - Blues & Roots
Release Date - 03/02/16

Not yet reviewed.

2007 Self-Titled Reissue!

Psychic or sceptic, you'd be forgiven for thinking that a man born under a full moon, on a Good Friday the 13th, must have 'something' to answer for? Well Marshall Okell is certainly up to 'something'. As his timely arrival into the world set precedent, there's certainly nothing 'ordinary' about it.

Aptly named after two of music's greatest rock/bluesmen (Jimi 'Marshall' Hendrix and Johnny 'Dawson' Winter) Marshall Dawson Okell was born on April 13th, 1979, into a Rock n Roll arena, with a guitar case for a crib. His father Glenn was a Melbourne based rock-n-roll guitarist and Marshall's greatest lifetime influence, nourishing his son's musical appetite with the sounds of Hendrix, Winter, Muddy Waters, Little Feat and AC/DC. Nestled amongst the roaring sounds of his father's amplifiers, the young Marshall found his groove and a musical sensation was born.

Growing up on the NSW far North Coast, Marshall's stomping ground embraced the pumping surfing scenes of Lennox Head, Byron Bay and Ballina, where he fostered a strong connection with his local environment and the community. Pre-destined for a life on the stage, Marshall's first band, 'The Immortal Flames', was formed at age 11, with successive groups including punk and hard-rock bands, 'Noosphere' and 'Spirit'. By the time he had reached his 19th year, Marshall had already established himself as a seasoned musician, having supported hundreds of older bands and played nearly all of the live music venues in the region.

Upon reaching his twenties, Marshall's musical horizons began to expand and his band 'Marshall and the Fro' emerged. Marshall took with new passion to song-writing, singing and developing a soulful, earthy, mojo-blues slide guitar sound - a talent he has become synonymous with. Alongside his musical pursuits, Marshall completed a BA in Social Science, as well as a Dip Ed in High School Teaching at Southern Cross in 2006, where he spent time tutoring special needs and indigenous children.

In testimony to his life and connection with his local community, Marshall's songs carried with them not just a sense of raw emotional power, but a social message that communicated a deep affinity with the true spirit of his home ground. His love for his family, friends and wider society was evident in the passion with which he sang, and also made continual social commentary on and off stage.

'Marshall and the Fro' released two albums and an EP between 2005-10. The first self-titled full album in 2007, 'Marshall and the Fro', set the stage for a new wave of pumping surf mojo roots and blues, including the hugely popular tracks 'Get Up' and 'Thongs'. The second album 'Friends for Life' followed suit in 2010 and began a distribution deal with 'Only Blues Music'. Marshall and the Fro graced the stages of festivals including Bluesfest, Woodford, The Quiksilver Pro and more. Having become established as the quintessential sound of the Aussie surfing mojo blues, the band enjoyed an illustrious period of touring and airplay, featuring on international surf film scores, receiving multiple awards and collecting a loyal fan base along the way.

Primary Format - MusicCD
ArtistMARSHALL & THE FRO
LabelIndependent / Only Blues Music
Music GenreBlues
Music Genre PrimaryBlues & Roots
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