NEW SONG: WINTER COAT

 

I know what you are thinking… It’s July and close to 100 degrees everyday why are you putting out a song about winter coats?

This song has just as much to do with the summer time heat as much as the winter coat that is in your closet right now.

I rarely have ever played the blues let alone try to write a blues tune, but this is a straight up blues song and I don’t think it could have been done any other way.

This was written and recorded in one day and mixed the next. I sat on my porch and wrote the words while strumming my acoustic guitar to the busy street in front of me. Words were inspired by a few conversations I had over the last few days with a friend of mine, and the winter coat thing just stuck in my head.

No one is thinking about their winter coat now and when winter comes back will you even wear the same one you did last year? Sometimes you can start to feel that way yourself with relationships, friendships, and just connecting with society.

Working on more new songs, this one has a different feel so here it is, enjoy!

MISSIONARIES LAST SHOW

Tomorrow I say goodbye to one of the greatest bands I have had the pleasure to work with, Missionaries. What started as a solo project for my friend and bandmate, Seanmichael Poff, has took so many twist and turns through so many genres and line-up changes. Sadly it is time for this chapter to end and time to look towards the future and what it has in store for all of us.

When I joined The Missionaries (it did start as THE Missionaries) it was an eclectic folk / indie sounding outfit, with mainly acoustic instrument, including a woodwind section. We all were friends, we enjoyed a movie night together, and we made music! I remember my first practice with them, all I brought was a snare drum and a few sticks and brushes. A lot has changed since then and everyone has grown as a musician.

Tomorrow we play our last show in our hometown of Roanoke Virginia at The Spot on Kirk, which is very fitting to me. We used to perform there frequently when it was called The Kirk Ave music hall, and a lot of our former members had there last shows there.

Joining us for this departure is Clair Morgan, friends of ours from Richmond, Virginia who is kicking off a small tour that night. Check them out:  CLAIR MORGAN’S WEBSITE

Here is the Facebook event : Missionaries’ Last Show

We will also be releasing all the music we have recorded up to this point. A full length through Hope For The Tape Deck ( Half a Creature Pre-order ) and a self released EP of the last songs we wrote together titled “Exit Music”.

 

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Thanks for all the good times, good tunes

Much love,

-Marshall

LAST WEEKEND & THIS BUSY WEEK

What a weekend! It took me a few days to process it all and prepare myself for this shows coming up this week.

Friday was a very weird show hosted by Backstreet Cafe’ downtown Roanoke. Very cool, hole the wall kind of place, but what is special about Backstreet is they will book anyone’s band. From Heavy Death Metal to singer-song writer acoustic stuff. Our show was a weird one… I got the call from my friend Eric of the project Lugwight from Richmond, VA, who performed at The Shelf House sometime last year. He wanted to book a show in Roanoke with another act Thieves of Shiloh, another act from Richmond. Now both of these acts are considered to be drone/noise/doom/ type of stuff, with Lugweight using a wall of amps to have his guitar cut right through your chest and Thieves of Shilo’s droning delayed electirc violin keeping you entranced for his whole set, so Backstreet was my 1st choice to have this show.

Also on the bill was Moths, Eric Wollersberger, soundscape project and Jonathan Woods and myself 1st performance as Stoner Cop. Last minute addition to the show was The Fabulous Miss Wendy, a Punk Rock Metal Grunge Pop from Portland, who ripped! What an act, if you get a chance to catch them I would definitely do so. They are on a 3 month long US tour right now.

Facebook event : Stoner Cop // Moths // Thieves of Shiloh // Lugweight + Fabulous Wendy

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Lugweigh

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Thieves of Shiloh

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The Fabulous Miss Wendy

Saturday night, I had to run sound at The Coffee Pot for a show my long time friend and old bandmate Mike Henderson put together.

Facebook event : Robbie And The Bookers, Riverbank Ramblers, Jupiter’s Incense, Paradigm!!!

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Paradigm

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Jupiter’s Incense

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Riverbank Ramblers

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Robbie and the Bookers

This week/weekend is a busy one:

Wednesday: Sound @ Martin’s downtown with Jive Mother Mary  www.jivemothermary.com

Thursday: Sound @ The Coffee Pot with Stump Tail Dolly With Riverbank Ramblers and Attakk

Friday: Sound @ Billy’s Barn with Heevahava // Compulsovich // Affliction Kid // Love & A .45

Saturday: Playing with Missionaries at Festival in the Park Missionaries at Festival + Sound @ Blue 5 with Lazy Man Dub Band

Sunday: Freedom Fest @ Fincastle Baptist Church

Let’s do this!

 

 

DOUBLE HEADERS AT THE COFFEE POT

Did 4 shows at the Coffee Pot in 2 weeks, I almost set up a place to sleep there. Some really great shows happen in the last 2 weeks and I was right there for all the action.

April 22nd – Dead End Lane/Gloom Despair N Agony/Immortui

April 23rd – Mung Choke’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

April 28th – Argyle Goolsby (+ Gloom Despair N Agony and Immortui)

April 29th – Bask // Matewan // the Aurora Observatory

Here are a few pictures.

I also got the run sound at Phase 2 in Lynchburg for the first time and enjoyed the change of scenery.

LAST FEW GIGS

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And the gigs keep rolling and so much more on the way. Thanks to all the musicians for the rad shows. Please check out all these bands.

INTER ARMA – Relapse Records
(Richmond)
http://interarma.bandcamp.com/

HUMAN INFECTION
(Roanoke)
http://www.humaninfection.com/

SALVATICUS
(Charlottesville)
http://salvaticus.bandcamp.com/


MATEWAN
(Roanoke)
www.facebook.com/matewanband

The Bastards Of Fate – Roanoke Cuddle Collective and Champions of Full Throated Gut Spilling BOMBAST

Nerve Endings (Bristol, TN)- Ace garage punk/hardcore returning to Roanoke to once again Melt Faces!!!!

Hectorina (Charlotte, NC) – Theatrical Rock with Punk and Soul influences. PARTY PARTY PARTY!!!!!

VIDEOS FROM ROANOKE COMMUNITY GARDEN ASSOCIATION’S EVENT

Had a great time and show at The Phoenix! Here are some videos taken by Jason Davis a fellow Roanoke musician from the band Monster Atlantic.

SHOWS THIS WEEK

Missionaries get to play a newer (but old) venue in town. The Phoenix, once was The Water Heater, a multi-purpose space used for event of all sorts. Now it is The Phoenix, owned by the creator of Floyd Fest, a huge outdoor festival held out in the mountains of Floyd. The show is a fundraiser for the community Gardens in Roanoke. Very glad to be apart of a great cause and to promote the new venue!

FACEBOOK EVENT

“Come out for a night of eclectic music benefiting Roanoke Community Garden Association. With Missionaries, Eric Rich Ensemble, and Buddahgraph Spaceship! Craft beer and wine. Food truck on site. $10 ticket (purchase at the door) includes ONE raffle ticket for a 5 day pass to FloydFest. Additional raffle tickets $5. Come have fun while helping RCGA grow in 2016!”

 

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Friday, I will be joining a few musicians to put on an acoustic show case at a small hole in the wall venue, Backstreet Cafe’. This is the 1st solo performance I have booked in quite some time. I am real excited to get up and sing a bit! Come check it out a lot of good singer-song writers on this one.

FACEBOOK EVENT

Acoustic Showcase @ Backstreet Cafe
Friday March 18th ~ 8pm ~ $5!

Rick (from PILE) – Boston heavy rocker going acoustic
https://www.facebook.com/pileof/
https://pile.bandcamp.com/ (check out “Magic Isn’t Real”)

John Pence (Infinite Ways) – First show back from Boston!
https://www.facebook.com/infiniteways/
https://infiniteways.bandcamp.com/

Mark Perry (Heevahava) – “Songs to drink and bullshit to”
https://www.facebook.com/Heevahava-238918632284/?fref=nf
https://heevahava.bandcamp.com/

Marshall Hicks (and his Bag of Tricks) – ROVA’s friendliest punk
https://marshallhicks.com/

JUST ADDED –
Nightmare Sonata – Full band horror punk to close out the night!
http://www.nightmaresonata.com/ 

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