The Wynntown Marshals




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One of the freshest and stylistically most authentic No Depression/ bands on the scene right now comes to us straight from … no, not Austin, Minneapolis, Portland, Raleigh or Louisville… but from Edinburgh in Scotland. It's true!

With the ink still drying on a deal with market-leading Americana/Roots label, Blue Rose Records, The Wynntown Marshals’ name is now a regular sighting at the top of fans' and critics' estimations, and they have decided to see out 2013 by celebrating what has been a fantastically successful year with another intimate hometown show at the Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy.

A little history…

The Marshals’ eponymous 6-track debut EP from 2007 was followed in May 2010 by the much-lauded full-length debut, “Westerner”, which one reviewer described as “the best European Americana album ever”. The album's eleven strong songs veered from the Flying Burrito Brothers to Son Volt with a dose of Stones and Tom-Pettyish powerpop ingredients.

The Marshals have acquired an excellent reputation as a live band, having toured the UK opening for Chuck Prophet in 2008, and sharing the stage with the likes of Marty Stuart, Tift Merritt, Richmond Fontaine, John Murry, The Quireboys, and Jason & The Scorchers in the intervening years. In addition, the band have recorded radio sessions for BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, and the legendary Dutch "2 Meter Sessies".

In the summer of 2013, they released their new album, “The Long Haul”, and it marks a huge leap forward. The somewhat ‘dusty’ ‘90s sound of Westerner has been replaced by a more contemporary Americana rock production with carefully layered guitars and first-class, intricate, three-part harmonies. Musically, they don’t veer too far from their previous sound but the ‘country’ element of the ‘country-rock’ equation is less pronounced with a new, fresh, dynamic, DIY aesthetic to the fore now.

Some fans might be surprised by some of the ballads: the Eagles-inspired, idling "Whatever It Takes", the all-acoustic, piano and string-quartet accompanied "Curtain Call" or the album-closing "Change Of Heart" - a challenging, epic, 6-minute song with pedal steel, strings and backing vocals from Dolly Varden's Diane Christiansen. This sounds like Harvest-era Neil Young meets Tumbleweed Connection-era Elton John. Still, the album is identified by its uptempo songs like opener "Driveaway", the Byrds-like, Rickenbacker-driven "Canada", and the central number "Tide" with its Wilco-esque twin guitars, a sluggish Crazy Horse-beat, and CSN-inspired harmonies (see below).

It comes as no surprise that a number of Wynntown Marshals songs touch upon traveling and a yen to see someplace new, figuratively or literally - "Low Country Comedown" with its charming Jayhawks-style is a fine example of this.

It's the going, not the getting there, it's the roll in rock 'n' roll that matters - the Wynntown Marshals are in it for The Long Haul.

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Voodoo Rooms

19a West Register Street
United Kingdom

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