"Crenshaw's twangy, faux Johnny Cash tune for "Walk Hard:The Dewey Cox Story" was nominated for a Golden Globe. The song renewed interest in Crenshaw, one of music's more underrated tunesmiths. 'I thought [the movie] was hilarious on paper,' says Crenshaw, who saw the script before it was filmed. 'I got excited about it. The song came pretty fast....instantaneous. It only took a day to write, which is a miracle for me.'"
Born near Detroit, Michigan, Marshall Crenshaw received his first big break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of "Beatlemania". In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic “La Bamba.” While living in NYC, he recorded the single “Something’s Gonna Happen” for Alan Betrock’s Shake Records, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, MARSHALL CRENSHAW, was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single “Someday, Someway,” which rockabilly singer Robert Gordon covered and scored a hit with a year earlier.
A quote from Trouser Press sums up Marshall Crenshaw’s early career:
“Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.” All Music Guide captured Crenshaw’s vibe perfectly: “He writes songs that are melodic, hooky and emotionally true, and he sings and plays them with an honesty and force that still finds room for humor without venom.”
Opener: Jacob Augustine
Folk musician, Jacob Augustine, is from the northern woods of Maine. His first full-length solo album 'Harmonia' made several year-end top ten lists and its single "High Water" received airplay across the country. His latest record, 'Bikini Island' is "....one of those rare pieces of musical art that stays with you long after the last note has faded...."- Portland Press
Jacob has toured the US and shared the stage with Brown Bird, Lady Lamb, Timber Timbre, Nat Baldwin, Arc Iris, O'Death, Simone Felice, Death Vessel, The Wooden Birds, Dan Mangan, Sean Rowe, Nicole Atkins, and Field Report.
His new full length record featuring Peter Broderick (Sharon Van Etten, M. Ward, Blitzen Trapper, Efterklang), McKay Belk (if & it, Wesley Hartley), Peter McLaughlin (The Milkman's Union, Lady Lamb, Family Planning), and Asher Platts (Theodore Treehouse) is due out in the fall on Pretty Purgatory.
“....Dude could sing about Hannah Montana riding a unicorn and I’d probably still recommend you download his jams…” -- Folk Hive