Marshall Lawrence portrait. Photo: Michael James

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. Marshall has been described as a Neo-Delta visionary (Living Blues magazine). He has been compared to Woody Guthrie (Living Blues magazine) as well as Taj Mahal, Roy Bookbinder and Corey Harris (Rootstime magazine).

Marshall has released 4 CDs “Where’s the Party”, “The Morning After”, “Blues Intervention”, and “House Call” 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. House call has charted in the Top 10 on Roots Music Report – Roots Blues – Top 50 Blues Internet Radio Airplay Chart.

Marshall has also produced and released 13 episodes of the WEB series “Why I Love The Blues” asking blues musicians, fans, and movers & shakers why they love the blues. To date, the series has received over 9,000 views.

DISCOGRAPHY

Marshall Lawrence Releases:
Where’s the Party? (2003)
The Morning After (2008)
Blues Intervention (2010)
House Call (2013)

Marshall Lawrence appears on the following CDs:
All For You (2008) – Woodbend Bluegrass Band
Comin’ Home (2013) – James Boraski

VIDEOGRAPHY

Co-produced and published over 30 music performance videos:  www.youtube.com/marshalllawrence

AWARDS

• Inducted into the Blues of Hall of Fame ® as a Great Blues Artist from Canada
• Named “Acoustic Artist” for 2013 in Aujourd’hui le Blues TOP PICKS 2013 (CKIA FM 88.3 Quebec City)
• 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
• Judge for the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (Memphis, Tennessee)
• In the Top 5 for Edmonton (Radio Active): CBC Searchlight: The Hunt for Canada’s Best New Artist
• 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

Album Awards, Honours and Recognition


House Call


• Named Best Canadian Blues Album of 2013 by Blues Underground Network
• Nominated for a 2013 Blues 411 “Jimi” Award in the Acoustic Blues category
• Nominated for the Best Acoustic Blues Album 2013 in Wasser-Prawda (Germany) online-magazine readers poll
• “I Got To Ramble” from “House Call” nominated for Blues Recording Of The Year 2014 Edmonton Music Awards
• #2 on Blind Lemon Blues CHMR 93.5 FM TOP 20 Canadian Blues Albums of 2013
• #3 on Wasser-Prawda’s (Germany) Best Blues 2013 (Acoustic)

Blues Intervention


• Named “Best Canadian Blues Album” by Blues Underground Network
• Ranked #6 in CFBX Top 25 Blues Albums for 2010
• Ranked #8 in WWCU CB Roy’s Mostly Blues Top 50 Albums of 2010
• Listed in WUCX-FM Eclectic Chair (Trish Lewis) Best of 2010 list
• Listed in CHMR-FM Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues Albums of 2010

The Morning After


• Named “Best Acoustic Release – Canada” by Blues Underground Network
• Named one of the Top 20 Best Blues Albums released in 2008 by Norman Davis – “Midnight Flyer” Blues Radio Show – KKIT-FM, Taos, NM; KEGR-FM, Concord, CA; KYOU.com, San Francisco and FatMusicRadio.com

CHARTS


House Call


Blues Underground
• Charted at #1 for 9 weeks during the period of June 16 to October 27, 2014
• Charted in the top 10 from May until October 2014 (including Album of the Week (May 26, 2014)

WMHB Top 40 Blues Chart (Waterville, Maine, USA)
• Charted top in the top 30 in May and August 2013

Gary Reinhard’s & Cool Hand Luke’s BAD DOG BLUES WITR 89.7 FM (Rochester, NY, U.S.A.)
• Charted at #15 in August 2013

C.B. ROY’S MOSTLY BLUES (WWCU Cullowhee, U.S.A.)
• Charted top #3 in May 2013
• Charted top 20 from May to August 2013

CFBX 92.5 FM (Kamloops B.C.)
• Charted #1 on Top 10 Blues Chart in early July 2013
• Charted top 10 for month of July 2013

Blues Debut Charts
• Charted at #12 for week of June 2-9, 2013 (weekly top 25 CD’s list)
• Charted in the top 20 from April 29 to June 16, 2013 (weekly top 25 CD’s list)

Roots Music Report and Airplay Chart
• Charted #13 on Top 50 Blues: Internet Radio Airplay Charts (week of June 7-14, 2013)
• Charted in the top 21 on Top 50 Blues: Internet Radio Airplay Charts (May and June 2013)

Other Charts
• Receives 4 out of 5 STARS from La Hora Del (Great/Fantastic) Blues, Spain
• Charted at #9 on KUNM-FM Radio Chart for May 2013 (Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico)
• Charted at #19 on Blues Power Top 30 Chart – June 2013 (WWNT, U.S.A.)
• Included on Chef Jimi Patricola Blues411 Tasty Addition List (July 23/29 2013)

Blues Intervention


Blues Underground
• Ranked #3 for May 2010 on The Blues List (Network’s Top Picks)

Roots Music Report and Airplay Chart
• Charted in the Top 10 on Canada’s Roots Music Report – for radio play
• Charted in the Top 10 on Roots Music Report – Roots Blues – Top 50 Blues (International) – for radio play
• Charted in the Top 10 on the Blues Radio Airplay Charts in France

The Morning After


Roots Music Report (Canada)
• Charted at #1 on Canada’s Roots Music Report – for radio play on several months
• Charted in the Top 10 on Roots Music Report – Roots Blues – Top 50 Blues (International) – for radio for radio play
• Charted on Roots Music Report – Roots Blues – for radio play – for over 30 weeks
• Charted at #8 on The Sunday Night Blues Project Top 10 CDs of 2009

SELECT PRESS HIGHLIGHTS & REVIEWS


“… 5***** for “House Call”… I highly doubt there will be a better Acoustic Blues Album released in Canada for 2013..” John Vermilyea of Blues Underground Network

“… One of the best acoustic blues-albums of 2013 (House Call) …” Nathan Norgell, Wasser-Prawda Magazine

… “After listening to this album (House Call) it is obvious that Marshall Lawrence understands the blues and has the ability to translate it for todays audience though his clever songwriting, deft fingers and soulful voice. This is one of the best new albums I have heard this year, and if you are a fan of Delta music or just like the blues, House Call is sure to please. Rex Bartholomew – Blues Blast magazine

“…(House Call) Mixing smart chops with found music edginess, this white boy that shouldn’t have blues at all has a certain white boy blues experience that has his stamp and only his stamp all over it. …. Lawrence knows how to reach those who like their music coloring outside the lines….” Chris Spector – Midwest Record

“… Marshall Lawrence quite accurately describes his music as electricity-absent “Neo-Delta Blues and Roots” and offers 13 tenaciously powerful examples of it… More please..” Big City Rhythm and Blues magazine

“…Marshall Lawrence has got what it takes. A top-notch player backed with an equally talented band Marshall Lawrence is the real deal and House Call is one fine piece of work….” Bill Wilson Billtown Blues Association

“… Lawrence is an excellent blues guitarist, coming up with very imaginative arrangements that have been well recognized in the community … “ John Valenteyn – Maple Blues Newsletter

“…. Few artists can match Marshall Lawrence’s solo acoustic presentation. A gifted translation of Delta blues expression… Blues Intervention should cement Lawrence’s reputation as a neo-Delta visionary…. “  Living Blues

“… Marshall belongs to the group of artists such as Taj Mahal, Roy Bookbinder and Corey Harris who just like Marshall knows how to put new life into the old traditional Delta Blues style with an injection of raw energy and boundless enthusiasm …” Rootstime

“… When it comes to building a solid foundation of Blues Music in Canada, there is a new cornerstone being laid and standing firmly on top of that stone is one of our truest Ambassador’s of the Blues, Marshall Lawrence …”  Blues Underground Network

“… Blues Intervention, from start to finish, is 13 tracks of pure delight… well-crafted songs and exquisite resophonic guitar… Blues Interventionis a brilliant mix of storytelling and traditional blues…”  Penguin Eggs – 10th Anniversary Issue, Summer 2010

“… It’s still delta-style country blues, but new. In fact, I think Lawrence is following in the footsteps of some very important artists like Bernie Pearl and Corey Harris and Taj Mahal in the way that he is at once historical musicologist and contemporary interpreter….” The Sunday Night Blues Project

“… enjoyed from beginning to end, one highlight follows the other… the man is an excellent songwriter… this release is one of the best in the genre…”  (review of Blues Intervention) Review The Blues  –  Dutch website

“Marshall Lawrence shows That a Canadian from all the way up North can play Southern Mississippi Delta Blues …  best acoustic blues …” (review of Blues Intervention) Keys & Chords  –  Belgium magazine/website

“… Giving “Blues Intervention”, my Highest Recommendation with a Solid 5***** Rating…” John Vermilyea – Blues Underground Network

“…. In places he reminded me strongly of some of the late-sixties acoustic practitioners of the U.K. blues scene; at other times he is akin to Catfish Keith at his best….” Blues & Rhythm magazine (U.K.) reviewing Blues Intervention

“…Blues Interventionis a dynamic set of acoustic blues, one of the best sets I’ve heard this year.  It’s loaded with great original songs and some extraordinary fretwork… “    Blues Bytes

“…Marshall can make those pretty guitars sing…. If you are a fan of acoustic country blues look no further than Marshall Lawrence’s Blues Intervention…” Washington Blues Society

“… Marshall is a true Canadian treasure… When a songwriter can strike a cord with the listener deep down into that person’s soul, and you know the artist can relate to you, that is something special, and that is Marshall Lawrence… “  Rock Over Amercia

“… Good time music, exceptional musicianship and playing, a True Blues Great and Great Blues album … “   Rock Over Amercia

“…Fantastic blues from this technician that has doctored the blues to perfection….”  review of Blues Intervention in the Tannehill Trader (Tuscaloosa, AL)

“…. Lawrence doesn’t try to be anybody but himself. In a world full of Clapton wannabes embarrassing themselves by doing what amounts to blackface, that’s genuinely refreshing…..” Lucid Culture (NYC)

“… Marshall is completely devoted to his music and he is able to stir up a deep interest to discover the legacy of low down Mississippi blues…”  Vicente P. Zumel La Hora Del Blues – Spain

“… He’s a native of Edmonton, Alberta but plays the bottleneck guitar as if he grew up in the Mississippi delta…” GLT Blues Radio, Illinois USA

“…You can write books on playing and singing the blues, you can also find more opinions on this genre than half of the rest put together. This guy has got both the technical skills and the heart for this music, blues lovers will not be disappointed..”  Beehive Candy Podcast

“… Few artists can match the musical qualities of the Canadian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Marshall Lawrence … “ Muziekvenster  –  Dutch radio/website

“… Lawrence presents us with excellent compositions … is a lesson in fingerpicking, slide-service and more. … mixes fingerpicking and slide technique so that the jaw is desperate stop before it reaches the ground…” RockTimes  –  German magazine/website

SELECT PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Alberta:

Weekly Open Stage – 4 yrs. Ongoing, The Crown Pub, Edmonton, AB
Calgary International Blues Festival, Calgary, AB
Leduc Blues Festival, Leduc, AB
Beaumont Blues Festival, Beaumont, AB
Frozen Rose Blues Festival, Bailey Theatre, Camrose, AB
Word On The Street Festival, Lethbridge, AB
Wild Mountain Music Festival, Hinton, AB
Tongue On The Post Music Festival, Medicine Hat, AB
Mid-Winter Blues Festival, Blues on Whyte, Edmonton, AB
Spruce Meadows Bluegrass Festival, Calgary, AB
Canadian Rockies Bluegrass Festival, Nordegg, AB
Rombs Annual Country and Bluegrass Jamboree, Fairview, AB
Great Canadian Barn Dance, Hill Spring, AB

British Columbia:

Back Woods Blues Festival, Invermere, BC
Cottonwood Music Festival, Fort St. James, B.C.
Main Street Blues Festival, Vancouver, BC

Northwest Territories:

Yellowknife, NWT
Caribou Carnival, Le Frolic, The Twist, The Mackenzie Lounge, The Top Night

Fort Smith, NWT
South Slave Friendship Festival

Ekati, NWT
EKATI Diamond Mine

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP

Alberta Music                                                 The Blues Foundation