Marshall grew up on the NSW far North Coast area of Byron Bay and was aptly named after two of music's greatest rock/bluesmen (Jimi 'Marshall' Hendrix and Johnny 'Dawson'
Marshall grew up on the NSW far North Coast area of Byron Bay and was aptly named after two of music’s greatest rock/bluesmen (Jimi ‘Marshall’ Hendrix and Johnny ‘Dawson’ Winter) Marshall Dawson Okell was born on April 13th, 1979, into a Rock n Roll arena, with a guitar case for a crib. His father Glenn was a Melbourne based rock-n-roll guitarist who nourished his son’s musical appetite with Hendrix, Winter, Waters, Little Feat and AC/DC.
Marshall became well known for his lead in the group ‘Marshall and the Fro’ . The group released 2 albums and an EP between 2005-10. The 1st self-titled full album in 2007, ‘Marshall and the Fro’, set the stage for a new wave of pumping surf mojo roots and blues, including the hugely popular tracks ‘Get Up’ and ‘Thongs’. The 2nd album ‘Friends for Life’ followed suit in 2010. Marshall and the Fro graced the stages of festivals including Bluesfest, Woodford, The Quiksilver Pro and more. In 2011 Marshall and the Fro became simply Marshall Okell .
2012 heralded a year of heartbreak for Marshall as he lost his father to terminal cancer, as well as his close friend and co-producer Brian ‘Birdy’ Burdett, during the making of his posthumously named third album. ‘Birdy’ drew upon the raw emotion that enveloped Marshall during this time and gave rise to a more soulful, mature approach to song-writing.
Now in his 30’s, with up to 200 live gigs a year as part of his repertoire, Marshall has developed into a rocking bluesman like no other. His ever-expanding list of musical accolades includes the 2012 ‘Best Blues & Roots Artist’ at the Oz Music Awards. He has won ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Best Male Vocal’, ‘Best Protest’ and ‘Best Blues & Roots Artist’ at the NCEIA Dolphin Awards.
With years of playing now under his belt, Marshall has made a notable return to the music of his youth, in his fourth, yet to be titled new album. The result is a deep, raw, honest, dirty blues sound that grabs you by the throat and then sooths you with a sweet honey tasting musical medicine. There are pure guts, sweat and emotion in his latest material that leave you exhausted and elated in their wake.
Be warned. Marshall has emerged with a new level of addictive, heart and mind altering musical energy. This guy doesn’t just make music. He’s a roaring powerhouse of a man, and this album will get under your skin, into your blood and course through you like a visceral super-high of the likes you won’t come down from easily.
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