Most artists will tell you that they sing about what they feel. Jeshua Marshall lives the music that he sings. From the time he was nine, when he was first inspired by a visit from Jimi Hendrix in a dream and subsequently gifted his first guitar, through to the formation of his band Larry and His Flask and now, some 20 years later, mu
Most artists will tell you that they sing about what they feel. Jeshua Marshall lives the music that he sings. From the time he was nine, when he was first inspired by a visit from Jimi Hendrix in a dream and subsequently gifted his first guitar, through to the formation of his band Larry and His Flask and now, some 20 years later, music has been a mainstay of his life, the thing that’s inspired him, driven him and now, brought him to the precipice of the recognition he so decidedly deserves.
He’s worked tirelessly to get to this point. He and his band toured relentlessly, performing in all 50 states in the U.S., every providence in Canada, no less than 15 European countries, and in parts of the Middle East. A multi-instrumentalist, singe,r and songwriter, he conveys both passion and purpose in equal measure.
His efforts paid off. He garnered over 100,000 streams on Spotify and YouTube, before receiving an ultimate honor, the ‘Best New Artist’ award from People's Choice Award in his hometown of Bend, Oregon. It also found him sharing stages with artists such as Dirtwire, Fishbone, Willy Tea Taylor, Beats Antique, Joshua Ray Walker, Possessed by Paul James, Danny Attack, Bridge City Sinners, and more.
Now, on the verge of making the next significant step in his career, Jeshua remains more committed to his craft than ever. “Music, for me, is medicine, therapy and connection,” he says.
With The Flood, that wave of inspiration is as awash as ever.
"Marshall is in a songwriting sphere all his own. His brilliant command of lyric structure is both off-kilter and genius."
- The Texan Chronicles
"The record is a twisting mixture of flavors served up in a deliciously edible cone, making this a complete sonic treat worth a front-to-back finish." - Americana Highways
"Jeshua tiene el nivel perfecto para que viajemos con todo el amor del mundo por arriba de nuestras aspiraciones e imaginemos un momento delicado y hecho a la deriva de la calma que buscamos."
- Indie Criollo
"Marshall bares a lot on the record and dives deep into life—leaving us with thought-provoking lyrics to dwell on after they play by." - The Source Weekly
Anyone who enjoys the drive of the 60s Sly & the Family Stone, the inventiveness of rock cum rhythm & blues of Prince & soul crooning of Angelo Bond will find this engaging. While the instrumentation has flare & sparks it never comes gets out of control & remains gratifying. “Water” opens the set & by “The Flood,” a more reggae-inspired tune plugged into a highly charged presentation is a winner. The songs have an enticing array of styles. Varied brass takes that make each song convincing. A highly enjoyable showcase.
The independent album The Flood is a well-mixed convention of musical styles. Jeshua also has a talent for music pacing since he has the active tunes grab the ear & then “In a Dream,” seduces the listener. A warm tight spirited ballad that’s well recorded & captures its cool resounding sensitivity. The guitars jingle, jangle & scrape in a syncopated breezy way.
The Spotlight Column
(by Lee Zimmerman)
A selected sampling of indie albums that reside just below the radar…
Jeshua Marshall (from the album The Flood on Stereo Sound)
One has to give Jeshua Marshall credit for furthering his fortunes. He and his band have toured all 50 states, every province in Canada, some 15 European countries, and as far afield as the Middle East. A multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, he hails from the Great White North having been raised in the divide between the U.S. and British Columbia. The Flood is his second solo album, a follow-up to his well received 2021 debut, Shoot the Moon, and an adventurous effort at that. The music is varied throughout, from the brass-infused reggae of the aptly-titled “Swing” and the swaying saunter of “Agua Es Vida” (a duet sung in Spanish with guest vocalist Yanin Saavedra), to the sultry and sensual stride of “Wave”, the electrifying energy of “Closed Doors”, and the sprightly sounding “Ride”. That said, the song titled “Water” a tune written about a flood in the town of Knights Ferry, takes on a special urgency, given that its infused with a passion and purpose that’s distinctly its own.
It is always interesting when you listen to an artist from the position of knowing a little about their back story. It is then that you can fully appreciate and perhaps even unpick the various sounds and styles found in their work. Everyone leaves fingerprints on everything they do, so if you know where to look, you can often still see the tell tale signs of the younger artist in their later work.
Such sonic detective work reveals plenty about the path that has taken Jeshua Marshall from his formative years to his current release, “Water”. Lyrically you can hear echoes of the religious household he grew up in and the folk music that was his first love. But also, there is something of Hendrix’s influence on his deft soloing, a hint of the swagger and muscle of his earlier punk days and the same blend of poise and raw-edged vocals that tell of his folk-punk past.
Now, as a solo artist, all of those influences have been channelled into a soulful, upbeat gospel sound, but one driven by breezy brass, groovesome, funky rhythms, slick guitar licks and gorgeous and mature vocal tones. “Water” is the sound of the modern age being offered a new take on timeless sounds. It is also a reminder that there are plenty of new places to take the established genres of the past and that all sounds and styles are ripe for reinvention. How do I know? Because I have just listened to Jeshua Marshall, that’s how.