Bex Marshall – Biography
UK British Blues Award winner Bex Marshall’s unique style of guitar playing is a combined technique of slide, blues rock, ragtime and roots pickin’.
Her voice is a powerful melting pot of old black woman’s heartache and rock diva soul. Bex is a writer of distinction and notability, she pushes the boundaries of blues, her songs have been called timeless, touches of genius, and now with anything up to a 7 piece band, she is literally a musical tornado. Bex Marshall was nomininated to the top three in Best Solo/Acoustic Artist 2015 in the European Blues Awards and won an award at the UKs Blues Awards 2013 for Best British Blues Vocalist and album
On Bex’s latest self produced album you will find swamp blues, splashes of gospel and colorful bluegrass all with an exciting lyrically British twist.
A Devonshire lass now residing in London, the product of two very different family’s, one blue blooded landed gentry, the other Irish Romany.
As a child at family gatherings her uncles would always play and stand her on the table to sing, at 11 years old she was given a 1963 Gibson Hummingbird by her Uncle David and started playing, she got hooked on instrumentals and classical guitar standards which stretched her fingers and gave her a great basis for her own music to develop, flamenco, ragtime, country chicken pickin’, rock and on to blues and roots where she is now in her element.
She always had a passion for travelling, its in her blood and trained as a croupier at 18 began her travels around the world working gaming tables on cruise liners to Park Lane even dealing illegal poker games in Amsterdam. She hitch hiked the coast of Australia on cattle trains and always with a guitar on her back living and storing tales.
She is a musical adventuress, described in the world press with comparisons to Memphis Minnie, Joan Armatrading, JJ Cale, Derek Trucks and….“Bonnie Raitt and Led Zep jamming in an everglade moonshine joint”.
Bex has been asked to be the guest JANIS by ‘Big Brother and the Holding Company’s original guitarist Sam Andrews on their their upcoming 2014 European Tour!
Bex Marshall’s lastest release ‘The House Of Mercy’, released Sept 17th 2012, it has received stunning reviews worldwide along with her recent stand out sessions recorded for the Paul Jones & Bob Harris’s BBC radio 2 shows, Bex has toured the record in the UK, USA, and Brazil in the last 12 months alone. The House Of Mercy only recently won 3rd Best British Blues Album of the year Award 2013 and is featured in DOWNBEAT magazine ‘Best Album of the Year list 2013 with a rare 4 star review.
Guests musicians on her new record are Don Wayne Reno (banjo), Dale Reno (mandolin) & Jake Byers (acoustic bass) all from Hayseed Dixie. B J Cole (dobro), Eileen Healy (fiddle) and Brigitte DeMeyer adding backing vocals, along with The Bex Marshall Band of Barry Payne (acoustic bass), Crispin Taylor (drums), Danny Bryan (percussion), Toby Baker (keyboards) and newest edition, gospel singer Shola Adegorove.
Her second album ‘KITCHEN TABLE’ released May 2008 pushed Bex to number 13 in the USA ‘UK artists chart’ and number 20 in the USA national Americana Music Association Chart. (AMA Chart).
Bex first release ‘BOOTLACE’ was released on Numinous Records in 2002 and will be available for download shortly
Bex is now sponsored by both Ozark Guitars and the legendary guitar maker Chris Eccleshall who has built guitars for Clapton, Gallagher and Bowie to name a few, along with his partner Eddie Cameron.
Bex now plays the ‘Electric Lady Guitar’ an ‘Ozark 3515E’ Electro Acoustic Biscuit resonator, wood body with a lipstick pickup with cutaway and an ‘Ozark 3515BETC’ Resonator Guitar thin metal body with cutaway.
Bex is sponsored by R strings also plays a 1963 Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar.
‘…sounds like a breakthrough album’– Rock n Reel (R2) UK
‘…Marshalls album is of such class and maturity, without an apparent weakness or filler’ – Blues Matters UK
‘…As a writer she’s mastered the art of making new material sound like its been found in long forgotten vaults –Net Rhythms UK
‘..She has harnessed the power of the blues without resorting to cliché or plagiarism – – Spiral Earth UK
‘..deserves wider recognition for her spit and saw dust vocals and fluid resonator guitar licks…Classic Rock Magazine UK
‘..Marshalls competent axework has Mark Knopflers feathery touch’ – LA Weekly US
‘…the blues ‘Black Guitar’ culminates in a slide guitar clamour Derek Trucks would be pleased to call his own’ – Downbeat Magazine US
..a younger version of Bonnie Raitt. Seldom do we hear such blues inflected rawness in female guitar players and its so refreshing to hear it done with such authenticity and assurance’ – Folk and Roots Magazine UK
‘…..Bex Marshall’s voice draws up the ghosts of old blues women’s heartaches’, Outlaw Magazine US
‘…the absolute stand out on this album is Marshalls vocals’ – Root of Rock Magazine NZ
‘….She has all those essential vocal frailties that make the difference between soul and soulful’, Folk and Roots Magazine UK
….at last a woman who plays guitar like a goddess, sings like an angel, writes like Dylan and smiles like the devil’ Booker T.