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British Blues/Roots Guitar Phenomena, Bex Marshall To Release 'House of Mercy' February 5

Last Updated 11/28/2012 8:11:29 PM

By: Troy Michael

British Blues/Roots Guitar Phenomena, Bex Marshall To Release 'House of Mercy' February 5 Female, British Blues/roots guitar phenomena, Bex Marshall , is releasing her third album, the self-produced House Of Mercy. Recorded over many late, wine-and-good-times-soaked nights around the kitchen table of her home in North London known as the House of Mercy, it was inevitable the album should be named the same. House Of Mercy is being released February 5 on the label of the same name distributed in the U.S. by Allegro.   

On House Of Mercy Marshall distinguishes herself as an accomplished songwriter crafting low-down Blues, back-porchy Bluegrass and soul-stirring Gospel with impressive authority and conviction. Marshall performs largely on the acoustic steel-top resonator guitar blending fleet bluegrass picking and bluesy slidework into a style all her own. House Of Mercy also shows off Bex's unique, earthy voice -- equal parts Janis Joplin grit and homespun Joan Armatrading tunefulness. She's joined by the regular members of the Bex Marshall Band as well as special guests including British pedal steel/dobro legend BJ Cole At home in the U.K. the new album's been described as "Bonnie Raitt and Led Zep jamming in an Everglades moonshine joint."   

 Bex worked as a croupier from the age of 18. She travelled around the world, dealing illegal poker games in Amsterdam, then hitch-hiking throughout Europe, always with her trusty guitar strapped to her back. More than once she had to raise the price of a meal and a night's lodging with a quick spot of busking. But once she began performing professionally her career took off quickly.    

Bex is now sponsored by the legendary guitar maker Chris Eccleshall who has built guitars for Clapton, Gallagher and Bowie to name a few, along with his partner Eddie Cameron.

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