The Wynntown Marshals
Country rock and Americana with a smattering of indie harmonies from Edinburgh's Wynntown Marshalls.
One of the freshest and stylistically most authentic alt.country bands on the scene right now comes to us straight from . . . no, not Austin, Minneapolis, Portland, Raleigh or Louisville . . . but Edinburgh in Scotland! The Marshals have acquired an excellent reputation as a live band, having toured the UK as headliners in their own right, as well as opening for Chuck Prophet, and sharing the stage with the likes of Marty Stuart, Tift Merritt, Richmond Fontaine, John Murry, The Quireboys, Sturgill Simpson and Jason & The Scorchers. In addition, the band has recorded radio sessions for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 2, garnering the support of the legendary DJ, ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris in the process. The Marshals’ self-titled 2007 debut EP was followed, in May 2010, by the much-lauded full-length debut, Westerner, which one reviewer described as 'the best European Americana album ever'.
In the summer of 2013, they released The Long Haul, which marked a huge leap forward, with a more contemporary Americana rock production with carefully layered guitars and first-class, intricate, three-part harmonies and a fresh, dynamic, DIY aesthetic to the fore. A number of Marshals’ songs touch upon travelling and a yen to see someplace new -- figuratively or literally -- ‘Low Country Comedown’ with its charming Jayhawks stylings being a fine example.The Long Haul is identified by its up-tempo songs like opener ‘Driveaway’, the Byrds-like, Rickenbacker-driven ‘Canada’, and the central number ‘Tide’ with its Wilco-esque twin guitars, a sluggish Crazy Horse-beat, and CSN-inspired harmonies. The icing on the cake comes in the form of the band’s evocative ballads: the idling ‘Whatever It Takes’, the all-acoustic, piano, and string-quartet accompanied ‘Curtain Call’ or the album-closer, ‘Change Of Heart’ - a challenging, epic, six minute song with pedal steel, strings and stirring harmony vocals from Dolly Varden's Diane Christiansen.