The disc, which is now available through Amazon, CDBaby and many other online and traditional retailers, is described as a collection of “foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, good time blues” dating from the 20’s and 30’s. It includes seldom-recorded songs by Ethel Waters and Sidney Easton plus 14 more from names like Sippie Wallace, Fletcher Henderson, Joe “King” Oliver, Jimmy Cox and other early masters of an original American art form. Marshall wrote additional lyrics for three songs.
“Ethel Waters was my main inspiration to perform this style of music,” Marshall said in a statement, “but all the incredible artists who wrote and sang these tunes changed my life forever for the better.”
Marshall is backed by Mike Sands on piano, Tony Koussa on saxophone, Roy King on drums, Martin Block on bass and Bruce Lehtinen on trombone.
The complete track listing follows:
BROTHER YOU GOT ME WRONG Wendell HALL / Harry GEISE
GUESS WHO'S IN TOWN Andy RAZAF / J.C.JOHNSON
I GOT WHAT IT TAKES Clarence WILLIAMS / Hezekia JENKINS
I AIN'T GOT NUTHIN BUT THE BLUES Duke ELLINGTON / Don GEORGE*
MY PET Milton AGER / Jack YELLEN
MY HANDYMAN AIN'T HANDY NO MORE Andy RAZAF / Eubie BLAKE*
GO BACK WHERE YOU STAYED LAST NIGHT Ethel WATERS / Sidney EASTON
SWEET MAN R TURK / Maceo PINKARD
NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT Jimmy COX
PUT IT RIGHT HERE Porter GRAINGER
SWEET GEORGIA BROWN Kenneth CASEY / Maceo PINKARD
JAZZBO BROWN Fletcher HENDERSON
THERE'LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE Benton OVERSTREET / Billy HIGGINS*
WEST END BLUES Joe "KING" OLIVER
YOU GOTTA KNOW HOW Sippie WALLACE
*additional lyrics by Gay Marshall Marshall is currently playing Jacqueline in the national tour of La Cage. For more information visit www.GayMarshall.com.