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Live Music: Craig Marshall

Over the past two decades, the Austin, TX-based singer-songwriter-guitarist has quietly built a remarkably accomplished body of work, drawing upon his wide-ranging musical background to craft engagingly melodic, personally-charged music that's as emotionally resonant as it is catchy. 

Hiding in the Doorway, on Marshall's own Big Ticket label, is his most cohesive and compelling musical statement yet. The 11-song set (produced by longtime Marshall admirer Robert Harrison, of Cotton Mather/Future Clouds and Radar fame) maintains the same standards of sturdy songcraft, sonic imagination and lyrical insight established in his prior work, while adding a rootsy, stripped-down sensibility that's well-suited to such distinctive new tunes as "Hold On A Second," "Kickstand," "As the Story Goes" and the haunting title track. 

Craig Marshall's lengthy musical resume stretches back to his teen years performing with various combos in his hometown of Syracuse, New York. He moved to Austin in the early 1990s with his then-band, the country-leaning Delta Rays, but soon found himself founding and leading the locally popular Sinatra-style jazz-swing outfit The Lucky Strikes. That outfit, which predated the '90s swing resurgence, kept Marshall busy for several years. But he eventually felt the urge to get back to writing and performing more personal songs that more accurately reflected his own experiences and influences. 

The result was Marshall's acclaimed 2002 solo debut Popular Crimes, which was followed by 2005's Before The Fadeaway, 2008's Point of View and the 2011 EP Six Songs to Sunday. Along the way, his songs were picked up for a variety of film and TV soundtracks, and his compositions were covered by a variety of artists, including Triple A sweethearts the Kennedys (whose Maura Kennedy was a member of Marshall's old band the Delta Rays), Austin favorite Trish Murphy and noted country-rocker Penny Jo Pullus. Marshall's growing reputation as a performer and songwriter led to invitations to perform at Austin's SXSW music festival as well as the annual International Pop Overthrow in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Liverpool, England. 

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