The BRUCE MARSHALL GROUP consists of: BRUCE MARSHALL – Vocals and Guitar/DOBRO, DAVE COURNoYeR – VOCALS AND GUITAR, GLEN Ditommasso – Bassist, PETE PRIMO – DRUMS, JOHN VANDERPOOL- SAXOPHONE
Bruce Marshall has been a full time, independent singer, songwriter, and guitarist for over 40 years.
The album contains 8 of the very best blues/rock tracks from ’87 to ’23…as well as 2 new studio cuts, “Only Love” and “Once In A Blue Moon”.
Lead vocalist and songwriter, Bruce Marshall, formerly fronted the Toy Caldwell Band. Also of note, the track “If Dreams Were Money” was originally written for Gregg Allman. Although Allman passed on the song, it ended up being recorded and released by Allman’s eldest son, Michael, in 2009. Currently, “If Dreams Were Money” is being covered by another Verdict artist, R&B sensation Micah Willis, and is scheduled for a September 29th release along with a commentary video about the song’s history featuring both Marshall and Willis.
The first single from “Vintage to Verdict” is “Only Love”. Marshall comments about the song…” I had the phrase “Only Love Can Drown Out Hate” in my book of hooks. I was working on a progression that had a minor blues feel and sang that phrase along with the new chord pattern.
I decided to shorten the title to “Only Love” and based the theme on the division in our country and how only love can bridge divides. Marshall goes on…”I’ve always wanted to use the Jimi Hendrix quote that became my second verse and those lines informed the subject matter as the song took shape. I didn’t want a solo break but more of a jam at the end with the 2 guitars trading off.”
On joining Verdict’s diverse roster, Bruce shares…”I was very excited when Verdict Music expressed an interest in my song catalog. I knew Steve Berger’s history of working with “Extreme” and writing deals for up and coming artists. As a singer/songwriter, I felt that an indie label like Verdict would offer me the best chance to showcase my material. Verdict has an impressive and varied roster and I was anxious to be part of it! Steve and his “team” are fantastic to work with and have been extremely helpful in assisting me navigate this complicated industry. I am thrilled that Verdict is actively shopping my catalog to key music supervisors for sync placement”.