The Sundowns (Keith Benzie's pre​-​Marshals band​)​: "Calabasas" [Limited Edition CD]

by The Wynntown Marshals

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    Before the Marshals, there was The Sundowns...

    Featuring soon-to-be residents of Wynntown, lead singer/guitarist Keith Benzie, drummer/vocalist Keith Jones, and bassist Simon Ritson, the Sundowns also included singer/guitarist Ross Taylor and multi-instrumentalist Ali Campbell (guitar, bass, pedal steel).

    Like Scotland's own Louris/Olson partnership, Benzie and Taylor wowed alt.country fans up and down the UK for several years. They always threatened to achieve success but never quite fulfilled their potential. Who knows why?

    There were some amazing songs. Some great support slots (Status Quo, Runrig, Richmond Fontaine, Bottle Rockets...) and while they were together, they were great.

    "Calabasas" follows up their debut "Merchant House Tapes" and is, again, reminiscent of the Jayhawks, Son Volt/Tupelo, and Ryan adams/Whiskeytown.

    Engineered and produced by Michael Brennan (Super Furry Animals), standout tracks are "Comes Around", "It's You", and "Said To Me" - the latter 2 of which the very first line-up of the Marshals played regularly in their sets (around the time of their UK support tour with Chuck Prophet back in 2008)

    Marking a growing maturity in the songwriting and arrangements, "Calabasas" helps you chart Benzie's songwriting craft as it blossoms towards the heights of the Marshals' two full albums, "Westerner" and "The Long Haul".

    "As a former card-carrying, ticket-purchasing and CD-buying fan of the Sundowns, I could not recommend this album any more highly. In fact, I loved them so much, I eventually (effectively) joined the band!" [Iain Sloan]


    Personnel:

    Keith Benzie: lead vocals, guitars
    Ross Taylor: lead vocals, lead guitar
    Ali Campbell: guitar, pedal steel, vocals
    Keith Jones: drums, vocals
    Simon Ritson: bass

    Produced and recorded by Michael Brennan at SubStation [Rosyth]

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released 18 November 2013

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The Wynntown Marshals Edinburgh, UK

Formed in Edinburgh in 2007, The Marshals tip their hat to The Jayhawks, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams & Neil Young.

Their sound can loosely be described as ‘country rock' with powerpop hooks, but they love layered guitars, catchy choruses and have an unabashed belief in the power of rock music as a storytelling medium.

The new album "The Long Haul" is out now!
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