The Bruce Marshall Group formed in 1991 and has been performing and recording steadily throughout the New England Region since their inception. On the road for most of the 80's with Bruce Marshall and the Clue, Bruce took a break from the band to join forces with Toy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band, and toured and recorded with him in '89 and '90.
The Bruce Marshall Group emerged shortly thereafter and originally had an 8 pc. lineup that featured Bruce's sister, Sally Marshall Griffin on vocals, who continues to do select shows with the group.
The Bruce Marshall Group live show treats their fans to a soaring ride as they rip through a catalogue of original material that truly sets this band apart. They love to mix it up, whether its pulling off exciting jams that build with dynamics and layering, or playing the concise arrangements of their songs with discipline and restraint. The sound defies categorization, slipping seamlessly around touches of R & B, Rock, Country Blues and Southern Boogie. The newest 5 pc. lineup has taken the sound and musical direction to new heights and must be experienced live to be fully appreciated.
Lead Vocalist/Guitarist and chief songwriter Bruce Marshall has a keen eye for the human experience and an uncanny knack for creating songs you find yourself humming the next day. A powerful and expressive vocalist who can deliver the grit and conviction in the rock numbers and is also able to convey emotion and sensitivity needed to put across a ballad. Favors a melodic style of lead guitar rarely heard today and is very adept at intricate rhythm and lead passages while singing lead. Also featured on slide with his trademark steel body Dobro throughout the set, which has become a crowd favorite. Influences include Duane and Greg Allman, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye.
Guitarist/ Vocalist Dave Cournoyer has earned a reputation for "coaxing seemingly impossible sounds from his instrument", and has mastered the art of re-inventing himself every night, almost never playing the same lick twice. Totally at ease with over the top solos or sweet subtle lines, he possesses a soaring vibrato and builds his solos from a whisper to a scream. With a myriad of sounds at his disposal, David has a gift for creating just the right parts for the original material. He never fails to mesmerize the crowd and truly is the group's "secret weapon". He's taken his slide work to another level. Sings lead and backup vocals, joined the group in 1995. Formerly with The Shittons, The Vex, and The Rubies. Influences include Hendrix, Beck, and Clapton.
Multi-talented John Donahoe adds color and texture to the group on Tenor and Alto Sax, Fiddle, and Mandolin. John's support lines and blistering solos are a major part of the excitement of the live show and helps define the group's unique sound. His sax work really sells the blues/R & B material and the fiddle is great in the country blues numbers. It's fun to watch crowd reaction as he lays down one of his smokin' sax solos and then picks up the fiddle and proceeds to blow the roof off the joint! The mandolin is a nice touch and meshes beautifully with guitar and dobro. John also supplies back up vocals. Joined the group in 1999, formerly with the Boogaloo Swamis. Influences include John Luc- Ponty, Sting, Santana.
Jeff Majeau anchors the group on bass and has the rare ability to play with restraint and understatement while driving the band to a fever pitch. A consummate professional, he creates the perfect bass lines for the original songs, totally at ease with swing, shuffles and straight ahead rock and always plays with the utmost sense of taste and dynamics consistently night after night. Jeff has developed a unique "stand up" sound (due in part to the fretless Rick Turner bass) that works so well with the rest of the uncoventional lineup. Just when you thought you heard him do it all, he cuts loose during a solo feature and takes you to the next level. Truly enjoys playing music and conveys that on stage, joined the group in 1999, formerly with The Cliph Band.
Pete Premo is the most recent addition to the band. He's been playing drums for over 30 years. He began studying the rudiments and reading at the age of 10 and then began formal classical percussion training at 15. At age 19 he attended Berklee College of Music where he majored in Percussion and Audio Recording. He later continued his education elsewhere and got a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering which eventually led to his becoming an Acoustics Engineer at the Bose Corporation. Pete has had vast experience playing in a variety of musical genres from jazz, to classical, to blues and rock. Some of his prior gigs were with Tornado Alley, The Blind Tiger Swing Posse, The Cliph Band, Affirmation, Blues Food, Chet Williamson, and Big Town Blues. He has also shared the stage with Luther "Guitar" Johnson, The Fools, and James Montgomery.
Drummer and Percussionist, Buddy MacLellan played with Bruce in their first professional band "Whitecap", and has come full circle once he came aboard in '97. Bud supplies the percussion for "Treated and Released", the acoustic spinoff of the group. Bud's drive and "snap" give the group it's punch and he's excellent at playing with dynamics, creating tension and release that's a big part of the excitement that's generated on stage. Bud excels on the "hybrid kit", which consists of congas, hand cymbals, kick drum and chimes, all played with his bare hands with monster technique.
"Treated and Released", features many different songs and varied arrangements of the electric numbers. Watch for them at coffeehouses, festivals and national openers. Work on the new Treated CD is about half complete at this writing. Bruce Marshall also performs with James Montgomery in the duo "Montgomery and Marshall", which has been ongoing for 10 years and has released 2 CD's. Bruce also does extensive solo work when the group isn't working, and has recently shared the stage with BB King, Steven Tyler, Chicago and Dan Fogelberg.
The first Bruce Marshall Group CD, "Love of the Ride", was released in '92 and featured 10 new originals, including a song performed by the Toy Caldwell Band, and the ASCAP songwriter award winning "If Dreams Were Money". The second release, "Sneak Preview", a 15 song CD released in '97, features 8 new studio cuts, and 7 acoustic tracks, marking the first time the group showcased its acoustic side.
The eagerly awaited Bruce Marshall Group CD "Kalispell" has officially been released on ATM Records.
The new 14-song studio disc is their third release and features 11 new Bruce Marshall originals and covers by Tyrone Davis, Toy Caldwell, and Chris Rhodes. Combining impeccable song craft and musicianship over a vast sonic palette, the disc is a veritable stew of rock and roots styles, touching on R & B, Blues, Rock and Southern Boogie, and melding these influences into their own trademark sound. The band is in top form and really gets to stretch out throughout the record and the production is top notch.
Instrumentally, the disc is the group's most ambitious yet, featuring several tracks with Steel Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin and Percussion, in addition to the 2 guitar, bass, sax, and drums lineup. Tunes range from short, hook filled radio tunes like "Dancehall Sweat" to extended jams like in Caldwells "This O'l Cowboy" that feature the whole band.
"Kalispell", the title cut, will be pushed as a single and is a fan favorite, as is "Last Call and First Light".
Guests include longtime Marshall duo partner James Montgomery on harp and baritone vocals, Sally Marshall on vocals, keyboardists Mark Pollock and Ed Grenga also appear.