Skilled musicians whose musical missions are undeniably similar help drive Kevin Marshall & The Jaywalkers live Saturday at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
With a sound that blends rock, blues, country and more, the lineup of this band generally features some of this area’s top studio and stage musicians including Kevin Marshall, Eric Lovell, Gigi Dover, Matthew Carter, Tim McDonnell, Rick Blackwell, Mike Bader and Jason Atkins.
Singer-songwriter Kevin Marshall is the founder of The Jaywalkers. He has been writing, producing and recording for many years in this area. He was frontman for popular alt/rock entity The Wax Gurus.
Now, he has turned his interest toward The Jaywalkers including their album “Am I Missing Something?” released in October.
Catching up with Marshall for a quick chat, his view is upbeat. “It’s a good band with good players – all professional musicians,” he said. “Eric Lovell helped me put it all together originally and helped in the recording of the album.”
As far as the sound, “I’m known as a singer-songwriter, but it’s really a style that’s all over the place. ... It’s all there, the ’60s and ’70s, in what I write and how I play. Plus, there’s some ’90s alt/rock too,” he explained. “It’s just a mixture of all that.”
On Saturday, look for The Jaywalkers to include several members of the evening’s opening guest M4 Messenger. Bassist Tim McDonnell is a member of both bands, but for this event you can also expect M4M’s Kary Wall, guitars/vocals, and Chris English, keys/guitar/vocals. Marshall noted Eric Lovell and Gigi Dover will be performing elsewhere, “so we’re sharing the stage with M4Messenger in a couple of different ways.”
The lineup of M4M is rounded out by Otis Hughes, vox/guitar/bass, and Benji Rogers, percussion. Hughes is well known locally and nationally as part of Mercury Records recording artists Animal Bag (1987-1990).
“Musically, they’re awesome,” said Marshall about M4M. “They’re very technical, very rock and roll. ... They also will also be doing a tribute perspective on David Bowie for this show.”
“Come on out,” Marshall said, “especially since, well, the days might be numbered for the venue. It’s a great opportunity to see us live in the world famous Double Door Inn. I tell you that room has spirit, a lot of real spirit. Every time right after playing there, usually the next day, I find that a song will write itself,” Marshall said.
Be there to witness with Kevin Marshall & The Jaywalkers, plus M4 Messenger on Saturday at The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte. Call 704-376-1446 or check doubledoorinn.com for concert details. For more on the music visit kevinmarshallandthejwalkers.com, m4messenger.com and find both bands on Facebook.
Friday: Tantrum at Luke’s Sports Bar & Grill, Rock Hill; David Williams at the Handlebar Tavern, Catawba; Khaos Kings Band at The Trap, south Charlotte; Gene Gene & The Blues Machine at Sullivan’s, south Charlotte.
Saturday: David Williams at SandBar Grill, Rock Hill; Darren Wachman, Steve Smith, Ken Haas, Cory Threatt, Richard Johnson at Empire II-Newport, Rock Hill; McGroover at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Fort Mill; The Oneppo Brothers Band at Pineville Tavern, Pineville.
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