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Marshall Lawrence (born 1956) is a Canadian musician. Lawrence is often referred to as the "Doctor of the Blues."
Maple Blues Award Nominee and Canadian Independent Music Award Nominee, Marshall Lawrence "Doctor of the Blues" is a true “Prairie Bluesman”. Marshall has been inducted into the Blues of Hall of Fame® as a Great Blues Artist from Canada. Marshall performs acoustic slide & finger-style blues and roots with a true and genuine blues feel. He performs as a solo act, just Marshall and his National guitars creating an intimate acoustic experience. His music is described as Neo-Delta Blues & Roots - delta-style blues and roots with a raw edge & an acid twist.
Marshall has co-produced and released 3 CDs “Where’s the Party” (2003), “The Morning After” (2008), and “Blues Intervention” (2010) to wide critical acclaim. “The Morning After” and “Blues Intervention” have charted in the Top 10 on Canada's Roots Music Report - for radio play and in the Top 10 on Roots Music Report - Roots Blues – Top 50 Blues (International) - for radio play. Marshall is currently recording his 4th acoustic blues & roots CD.
Of course nothing can take the place of one of Marshall’s amazing live shows, each one a shot of rough-edged, high-energy, Delta-style sounds with an acid twist sure to delight long-time traditionalists as well as newer, perhaps less-reverent converts. As festival, theatre, and club audiences have been finding out, the best place to get a dose of Marshall’s medicine is right in front of the stage. Thanks to his jaw-dropping technique, moving delivery, and engaging persona, crowds of all walks and ages have been blown away.
“For me, playing solo acoustic is the real deal,” says Marshall, who has his own signature-model guitar slide available from Rocky Mountain Slide Company. “It’s just me, my guitar, maybe a harmonica or a stand-up bass, and the audience—that’s it. So it’s my job to entertain the audience and try to give them an escape from the bad patches in life. The blues are a healing music.” And blues lovers will definitely agree: Dispensing those same healing blues is exactly what Marshall Lawrence was put on Earth to do. The doctor will see you now…
Lawrence became interested in rock and roll at age 10 and asked his father for a guitar. Lawrence enjoyed his Echo semi-acoustic guitar and was determined to learn how to play it, inspired by Jimi Hendrix.
Lawrence played his first gig in 1969 at Windsor, Ontario, under a band named The Peanut Gallery, playing a 1969 Gibson SG through a Fender Dual Showman blew an amp on "Johnny B. Goode." As a teen, he spent most of 1970s and 1980s exploring guitar rock styles, while he was employed at a car factory in Windsor. Later on in his life, Lawrence moved east to Kingston to pursue a Ph.D in psychology.
Start and growth
Lawrence followed the techniques of his famous idols then through buying albums from Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter, the 1970s all-star power guitarists, and found himself coming home to the blues of B.B. King. Next, Lawrence discovered Eddie Hazel from Funkadelic, a Jimi-inspired guitarist who blended funky James Brown. His style at that timed was considered popular. Lawrence began to play 1970s funk, groove and reggae with the groups Masala and Shock Walter. Simultaneously, Lawrence began experimenting with MIDI technology, by playing Tower of Power-style horn lines, a solo flute and digital FX on his Roland-equipped Strat.
Life without music
By 1996, Lawrence started to feel he matured well enough in blues music. He returned to singing blues with the Marshall Lawrence Band. His work brought him to Northern California where he could not find any blues scenes to play at, because of not being familiar with the area. Without music there for him, he purchased and learned how to play a mandolin. Then he played for a local bluegrass band by the name of the Tubtones. According to Lawrence, this taught him a great deal about rhythm and contributes to his current sound.
Return to Canada
In the latter year, Lawrence turned back to Canada, where in north Edmonton news was arousing about an active and talented blues community. In less two weeks of relocating, he formed the R&B group named Rhythm Chil'un, and securing a house gig at Brandy's Blues Bar. As a blues-like tone of music formed in the place, the Marshall Lawrence Band was born again. The music can be described as a high-soaring, classic, and original sound of blues filled with passionate and serious approach.
Inducted into the Blues of Hall of Fame ® as a Great Blues Artist from Canada
Received the Blues Underground Network Ambassador Of The Blues Award 2010
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 Blues Society "Blues Summit IV" Selected Showcase Artist
Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Nominee - Best Provincial Blues CD Album “The Morning After”
Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Nominee – Provincial Artist of the Year
2. ^Marshall Lawrence WEB site http://www.doctorblues.com
- Marshall Lawrence website
- Electronic Press Kit
- Marshall Lawrence iTunes
- Marshall Lawrence Youtube Channel
- Marshall Lawrence Facebook Fan Page
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|Short description||Maple Blues Award Nominee & Canadian Independent Music Award Nominee Marshall Lawrence "Doctor of the Blues" performs acoustic slide & finger-style acid blues & roots with a raw edge and an acid twist. Marshall is inducted into the Blues of Hall of Fame® as a Great Blues Artist from Canada.|
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