Our Headliner Bex Marshall Releases Great New Single From Her Forthcoming Album “Fortuna” In Advance Of Her Mexico Fest Appearance

Bex Marshall. BexMarshall.com Our first United Kingdom/European headliner for the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival. We’re very pleased to feature her and we know she’ll be making many new fans in Canada, USA and Mexico through her appearance at our melting pot of Fans from all over enjoying fun in the sun. From her hit single “House of Mercy” (view the video HERE) to her special Tina Turner Tribute on January 21 Oceanside at Playa Linda’s Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub, to material from her new album Fortuna, she will bring us great music at every event, January 19-27.

The Link To Today’s Announcement

https://www.noblepr.co.uk/press-releases/bex-marshall/fortuna.htm

The Full Text Of The Announcement With Images & Video:

PRESS RELEASE

NEW ALBUM “FORTUNA”
RELEASED 1 MARCH 2024

PRE-ORDER CD | PRE-SAVE DIGITAL

NEW SINGLE – “5AM” RELEASED 5 JANUARY 2024

STREAM THE SINGLE | WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO

“Bex Marshall is a heart-wrenching singer, a dazzling guitarist,
and a charismatic stage presence.” – Charles Shaar Murray

“Bex Marshall commands recognition with her spit and sawdust
vocals and fluid resonator guitar licks.” – Classic Rock Magazine

Fortuna is the brand-new album from blues roots rock guitarist Bex Marshall. The album is released on CD and digital by Dixiefrog Records on Friday 1 March 2024. Pre-order the CD HERE. Pre-save digital HERE.

The first single “5am” is released on Friday 5 January 2024 and is available to stream and buy HERE

Watch the official “5am” music video HERE

5am” has a melancholy feel, a bluesy ballad starting with soft electric spreads. Bex’s vocal is late-night and resigned. The track is full of charismatic regret and her guitar playing is prominent, poignant, and emotive throughout. The song tells the story of a drunken late-night fight with a lover, culminating in a drunken white flag of emotional guitar peaks. It’s slightly influenced by Gary Moore hat doffing, to finish, no rock n roll endings akin to a melodic 5am pass-out. It makes for addictive listening.”

Bex Marshall has a superabundance of smarts and edgy spirit to go along with her surety of purpose. She conjures a vocal melting pot of old black woman’s heartache and powerful gritty soul and unique guitar skills which have been labeled by other guitarists as “the goal.”

The long-awaited studio album Fortuna is a ten-track blues tapestry that bulges to the edges with addictive hooks and storylines. Bex is a writer of notability, she pushes the boundaries of blues and weaves the genre in and out of blues, funk, rock, and Americana.

Bex steps forward with this record as a leading female guitarist, producing her powerful, self-penned album with soaring lead lines, technical ragtime, and ballsy slide-playing.

It’s been ten years since Bex Marshall’s last release. During this time, Bex has experienced a busy touring schedule, independently breaking into several international markets. Fortuna is an intense culmination of focus and personal release over the last few years.

Bex was able to stand still for a moment and draw in local London talented friends including Richie Stevens on drums (Tina Turner, Simply Red, George Clinton), Toby Baker on keyboards (BB King, Eric Clapton, Alexander O’Neil, Sinead O Connor), B.J Cole on Dobro (Elton John, Coldplay, Sting, Shania Twain, Robbie Williams), New York’s  Robert Eugene Daniels on bass (RIP “Red Bass”) Aurora Mannola on bass, London’s gospel Queen Shola Adegoroye, and legendary Danny Bryan on percussion (Taj Mahal).

After a week-long intense recording session at Snakepit Studios in North London, Fortuna was created. It’s an album of soulful rock blues, with funky undertones with touches of gospel and roots. The album was engineered, co-produced and mastered by Nick Hunt (Dave Stewart, Boy George, Placebo, George Clinton) who Bex has worked with on her previous album House of Mercy.

“I have been influenced by multiple artists,” says Bex. “For me it never stops. Songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists – you name it!

“I grew up listening to Tina Turner. Vocally, she was my heroine. Her tone, soul, and vocal range was so versatile. Other influences include Eric Clapton’s cool guitar style, John Lee Hooker’s back porch flavour, Freddie King’s sting, Hose Feliciano’s flair, Janis Joplin’s ragtime, and Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s songwriting. I was lucky as my uncle had a stunning vinyl collection, and I was able to absorb all these relevant box ticking blues rock greats.”

“She’s mastered the art of making new material sound like it’s been found in long forgotten vaults,” says Net Rhythms. Bex holds a songwriting retreat twice a year in Cyprus and believes that “bad songwriting is affecting the quality of our suffering.”


Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

The album’s lyrical content touches on the all too familiar addictions of life, from love to liquor, changes in society and bitter regret. The album features nine original tracks, one being an instrumental and one cover.

“The album is where I am today musically and philosophically and reflective of the performer I am now,” says Bex. “I wanted to take the hard lumps out of life, and present them back in a different light, sometimes with humor, sarcasm, or resilience but always with a shed load of tenacity. I wanted to make a record with iconic guitar sounds, heavenly funky keyboards, roots infected vocal lines with the funk in the trunk. The album is the most upbeat offering from me to date and I want to produce a show of high energy blues rock euphoria to reignite people’s mojos.”

During lockdown Bex’s good friend and bass player “Red Bass” (aka Robert Eugene Daniels) was living in London with us and after a few months sadly passed away. She was lucky enough to capture some of his bass lines in Snakepit Studios. Bex recorded demos for the album and finally used them in five of the 10 album tracks. “Red was a unique musician,” reflects Bex. “I was honoured to play music with him for over 20 years.  We even shared the same birthday.”

The final track of the record is called “When It’s Gone” it’s a poignant song although written several years earlier, BJ Cole (Tiny Dancer, Coldplay) plays dobro on this track as a tribute to “Red.”


Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

Fortuna – Track Listing

1. Preaching to the Choir (3.40)
2. 
Dirty Water (5.26)
3. I Can’t Look You In The Eye (3.21)

4. 5am (4.26)
5.Jungle (3.25)
6.Table for One (4.53)
7.Fortuna (3.08)
8.Lay Down and Die (3.53)
9. Scrapyard Dog (4.45)

10. When Its Gone (4.00)

Production Credits

Bex Marshall – Lead and Backing Vocals, Rhythm, Acoustic, Slide and Lead guitar
Toby Baker – Keyboards, Hammond, Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Bass Guitar – Robert Eugene Daniels (Tracks – I Can’t Look You In The Eye, Table for One, Fortuna,
When Its Gone, and Aurora Mannola

Drums – Richie Stevens
Dobro – BJ Cole
Shola Adegoroye – Gospel BVs
Danny Bryan – Congas, Darbuka, Percussion
Produced and arranged by Bex Marshall and Nick Hunt
Engineered – Nick Hunt
Mastering Engineer – Nick Hunt
Second recording engineer – Mike Haslam
Photography and Album artwork – Barry Warren
Recorded and Engineered at House Of Mercy Studios London
Catering Johnathon Lolley
Scott Coopwood – Guitarist – I Can’t Look You In The Eye
Barry Bays – Rhythm Guitar – I Can’t Look You In The Eye
Mike Capperelli – Engineer – I Can’t Look You In The Eye

Photography and album artwork – Barry Warren
Video production – Andrew Radford and Ben Radford

Supported by HELP MUSICIANS
Distributed by Dixie Frog Records
Sponsored by Teye Guitars, Ozark Resonators, Blackstar Amps, DR Strings

In Memory to my father Coleridge William Marshall 1948-2023
RIP Robert Eugene Daniels (aka “Red Bass”)
Copyright Bex Marshall. All rights reserved 2023

All tracks written by Bex Marshall except
track 2. Dirty Water (Buddy and Julie Miller BUG MUSIC INC)
track 3.  I Can’t Look You In The Eye – Bex Marshall /Scott Coopwood


Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

ALBUM TRACK BY TRACK

PREACHING TO THE CHOIR – This is a no-nonsense guitar track and firmly sets the pace of the album. It’s a blues rock ignition to the album engine and the third single to be released March 1st. Anthemic, skyscraper guitar licks kickstart the track and launch into driving funk groove train. This song gets straight to the nitty gritty, with lofty gospel vocals from Shola Adegoroye. Bex’s drawl shoots the accusation to the guilty party… preaching to the choir. Political? Personal? Judge for yourself.

DIRTY WATER – This is the second track from the album, and it’s originally penned by Buddy and Julie Miller. It’s the only cover on the album. “I’ve been playing the song for a few years, but my interpretation is a lot grittier,” says Bex. “The original was so laid back, and a great song, but I wanted to ramp it up and make it howl with pain.” The track starts with an acapella vocal reminiscent of a back porch lament, gathering momentum into a tribal hambone, all heading towards a danceable rocker and crescendo of guitar licks and promises of abstaining once again.

I CAN’T LOOK YOU IN THE EYE – This track features powerhouse slide guitar performed by Bex. The track was co-written by Scott Coopwood (Clarksdale, Mississippi) who’s guitar playing features as the solo (playing a custom Les Paul). Other musicians featured include Barry Barnes and recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This four-to-the-floor number bombards the blues crossroads with harmonious heavy blues guitars and lyrically temps fate, while coyly celebrating the human consciousness of lust.

5AM – The change of tempo is stark and the pining and longing of the electric guitar spreads that repeat through the song, hypnotizing and encapsulating the regret which continually wheels around her head. Toby Baker’s Rhodes playing behind the guitar reflects the gentle madness of her frustrating inability to make it all better and harness the mood of the song to late night. Bex’s guitar solo transformers into a dramatic longing of emotion until conceding to the hour of 5am

JUNGLE – Slide guitar comes in like a kid skidding over a shiny polished floor with a big smile on its face and sets the scene for a rockabilly inspired chicken pickin’ slide guitar solo. It’s a jungle out there! Imagine all the people you know are animals or insects, a humorous toe tapper, honky-tonk piano bar room frolics!

TABLE FOR ONE = Mid-tempo bass led groover, with Hammond and piano dominant throughout. The tale-telling vocals depict a lonely meal. The song features funky rhythmic stabs echo a Bo Diddley feel and keep the roots firmly while the jazzy lead break encourages a sarcastic look at the stigma attached to woman who like to eat alone, culminating in lead guitar outro.  

FORTUNA = Boom and we’re off! The title track of the album, shooting out of the stalls in a Steve McQueen Bullet-style car chase. The resonator dominates with heavy funk driving drums from Richie Stevens and sensational bass harmonizing bass playing from RED BASS smothered in piano drama. This is the kind of energetic lunacy to let your imagination run wild.

LAY DOWN AND DIE – As you fly off the edge of the cliff of Fortuna at 100 miles an hour, the intro riff catches you and takes you on a ZZ Top reminiscent chugger, a good old-fashioned blues riffs but with quirks, slightly different Texas inspired blues rock. Lay Down and Die – “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”

SCRAPYARD DOG – The intro conjures up images of a slightly limp character walking slowly up to no good. The clavinet gives a vintage circus-feel to this track and Richie’s drums throw in a loose roots-reggae feel every now and again, playing late in the beat while the walking bass plows on, Bex plays her Ozark resonator back porch ragtime rock solo.

WHEN IT’S GONE –The “Maggie Mae” vibe of this song mixes into the sweeping chorus of BJ Cole’s guest Dobro playing, banks of layered harmonies reminding us that “When its gone, it’s gone.” Bex’s acoustic ‘63 Gibson hummingbird guitar harmonizes with BJ. The sweet harmonies of strings take over this end of the album track. The song embodies reflective sentiments, educational and a warning to all.


Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham
TOUR DATES 2024

Tickets: www.bexmarshall.com/tour-dates

January 19-27-Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Mon 26 Feb – Midnight Special Blues Club, Camberley UK BAND
Sat 9 March – St Marys Sessions, Dorking UK BAND
Wed 13 March – Clutha, Glasgow BAND
Friday 15 March – Howlin Wolf, Glasgow BAND
Mon 18 March – Plaquemine Lock SOLO
Tues 19 March – The Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs Kent UK BAND
Sat 23 March – Tenne Oederan, Germany BAND
Sun 24 March – Bílina, Czech, SOLO
Mon 25 March – Černošice, Czech SOLO
Tue 26 March – Bruntál, Czech   SOLO
Wed 27 March – Rožnov, Czech SOLO
Thu 28 March – Brno-SP, Czech SOLO
Wed 17 April – Hotel La Campagnola – DUO CH
Fri 18 April – Nidaba Theatre Milan Italy DUO
Sat 19 April – Hollywood Bar Lugano CH DUO
Sun 20 April – Strampalato Brescia – Italy DUO
Thurs 5 Sept – Spirit of 66, Belgium BAND
Sun 8 Sept – Darlington R n B Festival BAND
Sat 13 Sept – Blues at the Bay Stockton on Tees UK BAND
Fri 25 Oct – Blues Route Helmond Netherlands BAND

Links & Downloads


Biography & Official Links

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Press Release

Further Information


Peter Noble at Noble PR
+44 207 272 7772, +44 794 908 9762peter@noblepr.co.uk

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We Are The January Guitar Festival…And So Much More!

January 18-28, 2024, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and Region.

Details Here And On Our Social Accounts:

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Our Harmonica Master from Mexico City is also an excellent blues vocalist and guitar player…Isidoro Negrete Reynoso is dedicated to keeping blues music alive in Mexico

We’ve told you in the past few days about the great vocal talent coming to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo for January 27 & 28 for the Blues & Rock Festival. We’ve already featured Chris Ghidoni, Joseph Leal, and Torke Ross.

Today we’re very pleased to feature, Isidoro Negrete Reynoso, a man whose lifetime of performances has been dedicated to presenting the Blues. Through vocals, harmonica, and guitar. His Mexico City-based band is called The Blues Machine…La Maquina del Blues. Through his weekly internet radio program presenting the lives and music of great blues performers, past and present.

And very much a Big Heart. His wife Susanna and him operate a small animal rescue shelter and take in many homeless street dogs and street cats in Mexico City and give them the best in medical treatment and food.

Here’s a great 1-minute video clip of Isidoro on lead vocals. From a 2020 Concert in Mexico City. Follow the link. By the way that’s Torke Ross, who is coming here as well, on guitar to the left, sitting in at that performance for the band’s regular lead guitar player.

And here’s Isidoro with a great-sounding harmonica solo from a Mexico City concert in 2018 that we caught live on video.

Advance Tickets For the January 27 & 28 Weekend With Guaranteed Seating And Tables Are On Sale Online At Our Festival Tickets Page Here On This Site, And In Person At The Venues In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.

Great Rock ‘n Blues Video Shows Already Produced And A New Show On Its Way Previewing Big Hearted Very Talented Performers We Hope You’ll See Live At One Of Our Mexico Events Soon.

Performers:  Have You Got A New High-Quality Video Featuring Your Music? Let Us Know! We’d Love To Feature It In An Upcoming Show.  Fans Of Blues & Rock:  Preview Great Performers We Want You To See Live Soon.

Big Hearts-Big Stars Online Video Shows. Featuring Big Hearted -Big Talent Performers We Are Hoping To Work With At Our Live Performances In Mexico In The Future.

3 Shows-10 Segments Done.  April 18, May 16 & June 24, 2021.   View Our Performers At Our Lineup Page On Our Website.

Now A New Show Coming For Mid September. As We Launch Another New Website: NewBluesRock.com And Announce Stage 1 Of Our Lineups For the Live Rock ‘n Blues Mexico Winter 2021-22 Fests Tour Coming Soon.

Today’s Let’s Take You Back To Show 1, Segment 1.  So You Can See Where It All Began
https://vimeo.com/534386875

To Browse All Videos We’ve Produced Or Featured Here’s A Quick Link To Our Vimeo Videos Site:
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Early Bird Tickets For 2021 & 2022 Events Available Now

EarlyBird Tickets Available Starting Today June 1 At Our Tickets Page Here. https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ Tickets Prices Adjusted Monthly. June 2021 Will Be Your Best Value Friends!

We’re Getting Ready For Some Great Upcoming Big Hearts-Big Stars Rock ‘n Blues ‘n Love Events. Follow All Our Announcements At Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Love Explosion Facebook Page And Here. Yes, We Are Now Tequila Rock ‘n Blues ‘n Love Explosion Fests & Events. We Can’t Get Too Much Rock ‘n Blues ‘n Love In This Life Can We?

You Can Still Catch Our May 16 Big Hearts-Big Stars Online Rock ‘n Blues Show

Check It Out!

We heard comments like ” great show”, “all the musicians were great! I loved the selection”, “liked the mix of music”, “wow, she is awesome”,

You can check it out for yourself.
If you wish to access Segment 1 May 16 Show you can use this link.

https://tequilabluesrock.com/Streams/segment-1-may-16-the-big-hearts-big-stars-for-the-rescue-rock-n-blues-show/
Segment 2 Direct Link

https://tequilabluesrock.com/Streams/segment-2-the-big-hearts-big-stars-for-the-rescue-may-16-rock-n-blues-show/
Segment 3 Direct Link

https://tequilabluesrock.com/Streams/segment-3-the-big-hearts-big-stars-for-the-rescue-rock-n-blues-online-show-may-16/

All April 18 Segments & Now May 16 Segments are also available by browsing and scrolling..and clicking the link of the segment you want to see, at https://tequilabluesrock.com/Streams/

Enjoy!

How To Watch The May 16 Big Hearts-Big Stars Shows Here At TequilaBluesRock.com

Thank You For Your Interest In The Big Hearts-Big Stars Online Rock ‘n Blues Shows. For The Rescue!

This Is How To Watch The Shows. Very Simple. There Are Three Segments. About 2 Hours Of Great Music From Big Hearted Performers.

Go To Our Website At This Link: https://tequilabluesrock.com/Streams/

Find The Video Stream You Wish To Watch. Look For May 16 In The Title. The Previous Post Listed The Performers In Each Stream.


Segment 1: Goes Live At 6:00 pm CDT

Segment 2: Goes Live At 6:30 pm CDT

Segment 3: Goes Live at 7:00 pm CDT

Reminder: Go To https://tequilabluesrock.com/Streams/

Pick The Segment You Wish To Watch. Segments from April 18 Also Still Available. There were 6 in total plus a Bonus Segment For Donors.

Please Enjoy The Great Music. You Can Support Street Animal Rescue, Neutering & Treatment In Mexico & Everywhere We Can Raise Awareness Of Serious Plight Of The Homeless & Abandoned Animals Living On The Streets. Together We Can Make A Difference In Their Lives.

https://donorbox.org/street-animal-rescue-mexico/

Come Together 2021!

New Online Show Sunday May 16 6:00 pm CDT

Big Hearts-Big Stars Rock ‘n Blues Returns May 16, 6:00 pm CDT. We will bring great new performers, we’ll bring you great performers returning from our April 18 show. We lead into another online show June 13, again 6:00 pm CDT when we also get Big Hearts-Big Stars Mayan Riviera The First Annual launched.

All Big Hearts-Big Stars supporting our Street Animal Rescue Neutering & Awareness fundraising in Mexico and Worldwide! Free To Watch But Please Support The Homeless And Abandoned Street Animals If You Can. Our Donation Link Here. Special Rewards & Privileges For All Donors At Our Upcoming Live Fests Including Cancun. Our Way Of Thanking You.

See The Lineup For The Show On Our Site. Sign Up Here With Your Email To Receive The Details To Watch The Show. 3 Segments Close to 3 Hours Of Music Performance Style.

More Great Music Coming May 16 6:00 pm cdt

Big Hearts-Big Stars…For The Rescue! Is Back. Fundraising And Creating Awareness For Street Animal Rescue, Neutering & Awareness Mexico And WorldWide. It’s Show # 2. Lineup Here Performer Previews For Our Live Events Upcoming In Mexico: Cancun Region December 2-5, 2021, Ixtapa-Zihua January 27-30, 2022, Puerto Vallarta Region February 3-6, 2022. Mexico City: To Be Scheduled.

All Music From Show #1 April 18 Available Free To Watch For A Limited Time At This Site On Our Streams Channel

Now Booking More Big Hearted Big Stars…Blues Rock, Rock, Rockabilly Pop, Jazz Who Love Animals & Support Animal Rescue For Our June 13 Big Hearts-Big Stars For The Rescue! Online Show. We’d Love To Hear From You. Our Contact Us Links Are Above.

Win Free Fest Passes & Spending Cancun Live December 2-5 & Win Free Big Hearts Online Show Passes April 18 & May 16