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Bruce Marshall: A Blue Collar Musician with a Remarkable Career

By Matthew Holcomb

A childhood surrounded by musical peers, profoundly stirred by The Beatles’ first performance on Ed Sullivan, and quickly thrust into a musical career six short months after graduating high school – it is no shock that Bruce Marshall has devoted his life to music. Seventeen years and over seven thousand live performances later, the hard toiling career musician continues to produce and perform.trackshr8x10c-copy

Gaining considerable attention throughout New England as a member of Bruce Marshall and the Clue, Marshall’s musical career picked up enormous momentum when he joined Tony Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band to play a national tour alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels. “It was at that point I felt I had hit the next level,” commented Marshall,  “We were sponsored by Gibson and playing a huge national tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd. That was big thing for me as a local musician.”

In 1991 the native northerner assembled his own project, The Bruce Marshall Group, which has released six albums since their conception and continues to tour actively. Soon after establishing the BMG, Marshall united with James Montgomery to form the high energy acoustic duo, Montgomery and Marshall – a side project that continues to attract a great deal of national attention as well as two live album releases.
Marshall’s career spanning labors have netted some truly remarkable performances, allowing him to share the stage with acts such as The Beach Boys, Charlie Daniels, and Steven Tyler. “Opening for Gregg Allman was big. He laid the blueprint for my style of guitar,” said Marshall, “And opening for B.B. King on his 70th birthday, was just a total goose-bumps experience.”

The blue collar artist generates continued success from both his talent and passion as a musician, as well as his work ethic, “I’ve been very lucky,” said Marshall “I did 280 shows last year, but I get to do a lot of national gigs because I’m willing to go out and play a solo show. That is what has kept me interested and enthused about my business. You get into a grind with steady gigs and it’s a lot of work, but when you get that occasional national show it just lifts you up.”

His shoulder constantly to the wheel, Marshall has already begun writing music for his next album and has lined up a host of solo and group performance shows. Tour dates and recordings can be easily accessed at www.brucemarshall.com.

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