Jeshua Marshall jumps into a deep groove with both feet on his new single The Flood — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The title track and second preview of the singer-songwriter’s upcoming sophomore solo album, The Flood finds the co-founder of Oregon folk-punk faves Larry And His Flask stretching his stylistic and sonic legs into the realm of reggae-rock, complete with punchy horns, video game accents and sidewinder clarinet.
Most artists will tell you that they sing about what they feel. Marshall lives the music that he sings. From the time he was nine — when he was first inspired by a visit from Jimi Hendrix in a dream and subsequently gifted his first guitar — through to the formation of his band and right up to today, music has been mainstay of his life. The thing that’s inspired and driven him. And brought him to the precipice of the recognition he deserves.
He’s worked tirelessly to get to this point. He and his band toured relentlessly, performing in all 50 U.S. states, every province in Canada, 15 European countries and parts of the Middle East. A multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, he conveys passion and purpose in equal measure, a culmination of the hopes and aspirations that first fueled him as child in a family that split their time between the northern U.S. and southern B.C.
With The Flood — a followup to his 2021 solo debut Shoot The Moon — Marshall is poised to make an indelible mark on the musical landscape. Co-produced by Jeshua and Todd Rosenberg, who also engineered, and recorded at FUZZ Phonic Studios in their hometown of Bend, Oregon, The Flood was an exhilarating and exuberant experience for the musicians, with songs captured live in only one or two takes.
Along with Marshall on vocals and guitar, the album features Seth Acquarolo on guitar and keyboards, Davey Hemm on bass, Todd Rosenberg on drums, Miguel Mendoza on trumpet and Wendi Wampler on clarinet. The sounds run a gamut, from the brass-infused reggae of the aptly titled Swing and the sway and saunter of Agua Es Vida (a duet in Spanish with guest vocalist Yanin Saavedra), to the sultry and sensual stride of Wave, the energized and upbeat Closed Doors and the sprightly Ride.
Marshall’s muse came to him naturally early on. Like many youngsters raised in the strict confines of religious orthodoxy, he began to rebel against his conservative upbringing. He was drawn towards secular sounds smuggled into the house by older brother Jamin. By age 11, he had immersed himself in the punk of Bad Religion, Rancid and NOFX. Three chords, grunge and distortion helped him find his way towards his own brand of salvation.
He and Jamin took those lessons and formed his raucous and rebellious folk-punk band Larry And His Flask while still teens. They called it quits in 2019, allowing Jeshua to channel his energies into the more measured, reflective songs in his ever-expanding musical palette. With Shoot The Moon, his efforts paid off. He garnered over 100,000 streams, won a Best New Artist award, and shared stages with artists such as Fishbone, Willy Tea Taylor, Joshua Ray Walker, Danny Attack, Bridge City Sinners and more.
This fall, Jeshua and Jamin reunite for their first major tour since the Flask. The group will head out as a trio featuring Acquarolo on guitar. In addition to dates throughout the western U.S., the group will showcase during AmericanaFest in Nashville and play the Cascade Equinox Fest.
On the verge of making the next significant step in his career, Marshall remains more committed to his craft than ever. “Music, for me, is medicine, therapy and connection,” he says. With The Flood, that wave of inspiration is as awash as ever.
Jeshua Marshall Tour Dates
Aug. 16 – Bend, OR – Bevel Brewing
Sept. 6 – Boise, ID – TBA w/ Fugue State Ravens
Sept. 8 – Denver, CO – Fandango House Party w/ Denver Vintage Reggae Society
Sept. 9 – Salida, CO – Tres Litros
Sept. 10 – Manitou Springs, CO – LULU’s Downstairs w/Roma Ransom
Sept. 11 – Pueblo, CO – House Party w/ Canary Initiative
Sept. 12 – Albuquerque, NM – TBA
Sept. 13 – Tucson, AZ – Groundworks
Sept. 14 – Bisbee, AZ – TBA
Sept. 15 – Las Vegas, NV – Red Dwarf w/ Brock Frabbiele / Mr. This & That / Bob Gates
Sept. 16 – Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room
Sept. 17 – Lomita, CA – Project Barley w/ Water Tower
Sept. 18 – Los Angeles, CA – TBA
Sept. 20 – Nashville, TN – Jaan’s House
Sept. 21 – Nashville, TN – Eighth Room (Interstate 88) [AmericanaFest]
Sept. 23 – Redmond, OR – Cascade Equinox Festival