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Bex Marshall releases ‘Preaching To The Choir’

Recently, British blues roots rock guitarist Bex Marshall released ‘Preaching To The Choir‘ a focus track from her new album Fortuna.

“Preaching To The Choir reflects the sentiment of several different types of relationship all of which maintain continual problems,” says Bex.

“It’s about the unhealthy grind of a long-term relationship which has become diseased. It’s also about being sick of the same scenarios, feelings of constant disappointment, and being disrespected and lied to.  It mirrors the feelings of a personal relationship coming to an end, or the voice of a population rallying for change.”

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Bex Marshall has a super abundance of smarts and edgy spirit to go along with her surety of purpose. She conjures a vocal melting pot of old black woman’s heartache and powerful gritty soul and unique guitar skills which have been labelled by other guitarists as “the goal.”

The long-awaited studio album Fortuna is a ten-track blues tapestry that bulges to the edges with addictive hooks and story lines. Bex is a writer of notability, she pushes the boundaries of blues and weaves the genre in and out of blues, funk, rock, and Americana.

Bex steps forward with this record as a leading female guitarist, producing her powerful, self-penned album with soaring lead lines, technical ragtime, and ballsy slide playing.

It’s been ten years since Bex Marshall’s last release. During this time, Bex has experienced a busy touring schedule, independently breaking into several international markets. Fortuna is an intense culmination of focus and personal release over the last few years.  Bex was able to stand still for a moment and draw in local London talented friends including Richie Stevens on drums (Tina Turner, Simply Red, George Clinton), Toby Baker on keyboards (BB King, Eric Clapton, Alexander O’Neil, Sinead O Connor), B.J Cole on Dobro (Elton John, Coldplay, Sting, Shania Twain, Robbie Williams), New York’s Robert Eugene Daniels on bass (RIP “Red Bass”) Aurora Mannola on bass, London’s gospel Queen Shola Adegoroye, and legendary Danny Bryan on percussion (Taj Mahal).

After a week-long intense recording session at Snakepit Studios in North London, Fortuna was created. It’s an album of soulful rock blues, with funky undertones with touches of gospel and roots. The album was engineered, co-produced and mastered by Nick Hunt (Dave Stewart, Boy George, Placebo, George Clinton) who Bex has worked with on her previous album House of Mercy.

“I have been influenced by multiple artists,” says Bex. “For me it never stops. Songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists – you name it!

“I grew up listening to Tina Turner. Vocally, she was my heroine. Her tone, soul, and vocal range was so versatile. Other influences include Eric Clapton’s cool guitar style, John Lee Hooker’s back porch flavour, Freddie King’s sting, Hose Feliciano’s flair, Janis Joplin’s ragtime, and Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s songwriting. I was lucky as my uncle had a stunning vinyl collection, and I was able to absorb all these relevant box ticking blues rock greats.”

“She’s mastered the art of making new material sound like it’s been found in long forgotten vaults,” says Net Rhythms. Bex holds a songwriting retreat twice a year in Cyprus and believes that “bad songwriting is affecting the quality of our suffering.”  The album’s lyrical content touches on the all too familiar addictions of life, from love to liquor, changes in society and bitter regret. The album features nine original tracks, one being an instrumental and one cover.

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“The album is where I am today musically and philosophically and reflective of the performer I am now,” says Bex. “I wanted to take the hard lumps out of life, and present them back in a different light, sometimes with humor, sarcasm, or resilience but always with a shed load of tenacity. I wanted to make a record with iconic guitar sounds, heavenly funky keyboards, roots infected vocal lines with the funk in the trunk. The album is the most upbeat offering from me to date and I want to produce a show of high energy blues rock euphoria to reignite people’s mojos.”

During lockdown Bex’s good friend and bass player “Red Bass” (aka Robert Eugene Daniels) was living in London with us and after a few months sadly passed away. She was lucky enough to capture some of his bass lines in Snakepit Studios. Bex recorded demos for the album and finally used them in five of the ten album tracks. “Red was a unique musician,” reflects Bex. “I was honoured to play music with him for over 20 years. We even shared the same birthday.”

The final track of the record is called “When It’s Gone” it’s a poignant song although written several years earlier, BJ Cole (Tiny Dancer, Coldplay) plays dobro on this track as a tribute to “Red.”

Released by Dixiefrog Records, the single and the album are available on CD HERE and digital HERE.  

Bex Marshall Tour Dates 2024

Wed 13 Mar – Howlin Wolf, Glasgow UK, BAND
Fri 15 Mar – Clutha, Glasgow UK, BAND
Mon 18 Mar – Plaquemine Lock, SOLO
Tue 19 Mar – The Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs, Kent, UK, BAND
Sat 23 Mar – Tenne Oederan, Germany, BAND
Sun 24 Mar – Bílina, Czech, SOLO
Mon 25 Mar – Černošice, Czech, SOLO
Tue 26 Mar – Bruntál, Czech, SOLO
Wed 27 Mar – Rožnov, Czech, SOLO
Thu 28 Mar – Brno-SP, Czech, SOLO
Wed 17 Apr – Hotel “La Campagnola, CH, DUO
Fri 18 Apr – Nidaba Theatre Milan, Italy, DUO
Sat 19 Apr – Hollywood Bar Lugano, CH, DUO
Sun 20 Apr – Strampalato Brescia, Italy, DUO
Thu 05 Sep – Spirit of 66, Belgium, BAND
Fri 13 Sep – Blues at the Bay Stockton-on-Tees, UK, BAND
Sun 15 Sep – Darlington R’N’B Festival, UK, BAND
Mon 30 Sep – Midnight Special Blues Club, UK, BAND
Fri 25 Oct – Blues Route Helmond, The Netherlands, BAND

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