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Bob Marshall Band – Country, Western, Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll

Bob Marshall Band – Country, Western, Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll

by Dena Wood for Country Music News International

I have met many people who in the Music Field in the years of my life.  One that stands out in the top ten is Bob Marshall,  Country & Western, Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Entertainer, who is from the Detroit, Michigan area.  Bob has spent his life in service to the public as well as on many stages bringing to life the People around him with his quick wit and good humor, as well as his gifted ability to bring life to the stage From whatever Genre of Music you are in the mood to hear. Country, Western, Rockabilly, Rock n’ roll, just name it and Bob will lay claim to it.

I met Bob and his wife Lori Tesch, at The Academy of Western Artists Awards Show , in Fort Worth, Texas, where Bob was a Top Five Finalist in the field of Western Music.  Bob is no stranger to nominations from many Awards Organizations where Music is concerned.    Bob earned , Outstanding Vocalist at the Holland International Red Carpet Awards Show in Ermelo, Netherlands in November of 2020.   Bob Marshall’s “Screen Door” Album won the 2019 CMA of Texas “Country/Western Album of the Year”

Bob was  nominated for the 2020, “Best Country Songwriter of the Year” award by the Detroit Music Awards. Bob Marshall Band has been listed in the 2018-2021 Touring Directory for the Michigan Humanities Council. He was also  nominated for the Professional Country Cowboy Artist Associations “2018 Songwriter of the Year”. In 2018 the acclaimed Academy of Western Artists named Bob as Western Male Vocalist of the Year. The Bob Marshall Band is a mix of eclectic musicians who have been performing collectively for over 200 years!  That is a TON of experience on one stage.  The Bob Marshall Band consists of the following members:

Bob Marshall

Bob’s mother always played the popular Italian singers of her day on the old stereo system.  Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and others, filled the house. Bob’s father listened to Marty Robbins and Burl Ives.  Growing up Bob loved Motown, the blues greats, rock and roll and the singer songwriters.  These early years explain why Bob has such an eclectic taste in musical styles. Bob has rodeo’ed professionally for 30 years, raised and trained horses, and still runs a horse training and boarding facility to this day.

Darren Gladding

Darren is an outstanding guitarist and vocalist bringing a perfect three part harmony to the group.  He also delivers hot guitar leads.  Whether the band needs jazz, blues, western swing or a combination, Darren delivers in a style that makes the audience sit up and take notice! We are lucky to have him with us.

Dave “The Monster” Duncan

Providing a dead steady, and precise metronome-like beat, Dave has been a sought- after drummer for various groups.  We truly are honored to have Dave in the group.  In addition to his drumming skills, Dave possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music.  If you have the opportunity to bet on Dave to win a musical Trivial Pursuit game, DO IT!

Tom Waugh

Tom is a multi-instrumentalist who seems to prefer playing his amazing bass runs on a 5 string Fender Jazz Bass.  Tom has an amazing “ear” and always finds just the right things to play to really bring out the best in a song.  Tom spent many years as a touring musician with some big names in the music industry.  We are thrilled he has hitched himself to our musical wagon.

Ron Ellman

Sometimes a missing ingredient is added to a great recipe and you realize that it should have been added long ago.  Ron is that element.  An outstanding live performer and studio player, Ron plays fiddle and mandolin and never fails to add just the “right ingredient” to the recipe that is the Bob Marshall Band. Ron has performed with stars such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Paycheck and Hank Williams Junior. Mixing country/jazz/Celtic sounds, Ron is also a well versed studio musician and can be heard on several projects such as radio and TV commercials such as Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Stratus.

Collectively the band has been performing together since 2014.  One of these days we just might open up a rehearsal session to the public so that everyone can see how music is supposed to be played.  The guys all have fun, poking fun at each other, cracking jokes (not all of them GOOD jokes) and are just happy to be having fun, doing what they love to do. Though he resides in Michigan, Bob travels all the way to just outside of Austin, Texas, to a studio owned By the well known Merel Bregante who has a solid reputation for possessing the “ear” and the “heart” For hearing and processing the best in his studio.

Since 1995, The Cribworks Digital Audio…located on a wooded half acre in north-central Austin…was a full production/post production digital recording/editing facility offering a comfortable, creative environment to compliment the 40+ years of successful recording experience of owner Merel Bregante. Now, on ten acres, in Liberty Hill, Texas, The Cribworks continues this tradition in an even more comfortable way. Beginning in 1967 with Liberty Records recording artists The Sunshine Company, Bregante’s career has spanned four decades performing with, recording, and/or producing such bands as Loggins and Messina, Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Souther, Hillman, and Furay, and Desert Rose Band), The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steve Martin, Pure Prairie League, David Soul (Starsky and Hutch), Dan Fogelberg, Gary Morris, and John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band).

During this period, he was awarded 13 gold and platinum records, two gold singles, two grammy nominations, an Addie and a Golden Telly. Since moving to Austin, Texas in 1994, he has proudly performed with/produced the internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Sarah Pierce. In 1995, he built and opened his own studio. The Cribworks was born. Since 1995, The Cribworks Digital Audio…located on a wooded half acre in north-central Austin…was a full production/post production digital recording/editing facility offering a comfortable, creative environment to compliment the 40+ years of successful recording experience of owner Merel Bregante.

Since 1995, The Cribworks Digital Audio…located on a wooded half acre in north-central Austin…was a full production/post production digital recording/editing facility offering a comfortable, creative environment to compliment the 40+ years of successful recording experience of owner Merel Bregante. Now, on ten acres, in Liberty Hill, Texas, The Cribworks continues this tradition in an even more comfortable way.

Beginning in 1967 with Liberty Records recording artists The Sunshine Company, Bregante’s career has spanned four decades performing with, recording, and/or producing such bands as Loggins and Messina, Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Souther, Hillman, and Furay, and Desert Rose Band), The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steve Martin, Pure Prairie League, David Soul (Starsky and Hutch), Dan Fogelberg, Gary Morris, and John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band).

During this period, he was awarded 13 gold and platinum records, two gold singles, two grammy nominations, an Addie and a Golden Telly.  Since 1995, The Cribworks Digital Audio…located on a wooded half acre in north-central Austin…was a full production/post production digital recording/editing facility offering a comfortable, creative environment to compliment the 40+ years of successful recording experience of owner Merel Bregante.  Bregante was awarded the Country Music Association Producer of The Year Award for 2019.

Now, on ten acres, in Liberty Hill, Texas, The Cribworks continues this tradition in an even more comfortable way. While recently scrolling through Bob Marshall Band’s Facebook page I came across this Post which Bob made and I thought to myself, “If Tom Petty had not said this first, it would Have definitely been a Bob Marshall quote.

“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life.  There’s not some Trick involved with it.  It’s pure and it’s real.  It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.”  Tom Petty

Music is one of the loves of Bob Marshall’s life.  He also includes Horse Training, His horse ranch. His former occupation as a Law Enforcement Officer, Fireman and many other aspects of Public service he has performed.  He also is an elected official in his community government. I wonder often, just how Bob Marshall finds time to write, play and sing such amazing music. But after knowing Bob for a few years, I have learned he is always on the move, always forward, Never looking back, except in fond memory of all the folks he has left dancing on the way home From his concerts.

Bob’s many award winning albums can be found on his website for download , or can be purchased In CD form on the same website.  www.bobmarshallband.com  He can be contacted by email

at diamondmmusic@hotmail.com Drop by, you’ll be glad you did.  And when you have the opportunity to speak one on one With Bob Marshall, that huge laugh that resonates the room will make you remember him A long time to come.

NOTE:  All photos are property of Bob Marshall and permission to use has been granted to Dena Wood.

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