Craig Marshall at Bar 620 7pm
Craig Marshall delivers personal narratives with an artist’s eye. Marshall draws from a deep well of disparate influences from melodic pop stars Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello to Americana forefathers Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen to country legends Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.
“Roy Orbison is a big one, too,” he says. “My songs always start with a melody first, but I look to many of those songwriters for lyrical inspiration. They write really distilled lyrics, ones that aren’t always long-form narrative storytelling. I write vignettes with universal themes where the songs are more about creating a feeling than a literal A to B to C story.”
Now, a little back story: Native New Yorker Marshall was born in Syracuse and grew up in Fayetteville. He graduated from high school there and earned a degree in anthropology from Oneonta State University. “I worked in four-color printing and graphics before the calling of music shaped my life,” Marshall says. “I’ve been digging up song lyrics and excavating ideas for my music career ever since.”
Marshall and his two brothers are all musically inclined. His younger brother plays in indie pop bands and a children’s music rock band in Minneapolis. Marshall started early. He began teaching himself guitar at eleven years old and started singing and writing songs at thirteen. The songs he’s shaped from his diverse influences has paid off. Marshall’s songs have been chosen for several film and television soundtracks, including “Few and Far Between,” which was featured in Muck (2015). “Good for You” was featured in 3 References with a premiere at the Austin Film Festival in 2013. Additionally, “Small Reminder” was in the Hollywood film My Uncle Rafael,” released in 2012 and currently on Netflix, and When Harry Tries to Marry features three of his songs. He’s also been covered by covered by The Kennedys, Charlie Faye, Trish Murphy and country rocker Penny Jo Pullus. Marshall has performed in many legendary festivals and venues, including SXSW, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance, Durango Songwriter Expo, Threadgill’s, Cactus Café, Strange Brew, Saxon Pub, One 2 One Bar, Houston’s Anderson Fair in and has opened for national acts such as Steve Forbert, John Fullbright, Freedy Johnston, Chuck Prophet, The Mastersons, Sam Outlaw and more. He even manages to pursue various interests in his free time. “I enjoy sports like racket sports, golf and skiing,” Marshall says. “I also collect coins and art, but my primary love is music, which I would like to be known everywhere. My wish is to get my music out to more and more ears whether it’s ten more or ten million.”