Joe Marson, finalist in the Guitar Center singer-songwriter competition

joe_Marson_300sq.jpgAlt folk rock/blues singer-songwriter Joe Marson is traveling from his snowy home in Brooklyn NY to sunny LA as a finalist in the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter Competition.  He will perform at the historic Troubador, along with 4 other finalists (Bennet Glasscock, Anna Johnson, Lanita Smith and my good friend Kat McDowell).  The five finalists will be competing for the grand prize of:

  • recording 4-song  EP with  DON WAS
  • A mentoring  songwriting session with COLBIE CAILLAT
  • A performance on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
  • $25,000 CASH
  • Recording time at the  CONVERSE RUBBER TRACKS studio in Brooklyn, NY
  • Distribution and publsihing support form FROMTUNECORE
  • and a truckload of equipment.

Joe and the other finalists have already won $10,000, an all expense paid trip to LA for the Troubadour final judging and a truckload of gear, two guitars and gift cards and subscriptions.  Since Joe will be on the show this Friday and I love his music, but another contestant, Kat McDowell is a good friend of mine (and even arrived guitar in hand at my birthday party) I am torn as to who to root for, so I will leave it to the judges.

Joe is an interesting cat, as most folk and folk rock singer-songwriters are (actually all singer-songwriters are interesting). A bit of a wanderer, Marson spent six years traveling the nation prior to settling in Brooklyn, taking advantage of the borough's transformation to a haven of arts and music and hipsters.  “I was soul searching and trying to find who I was, as a person as well as musically,” Marson says of his travels, “I wanted to dip my toes in different experiences and genres before writing about them.  And he does, in his new EP Electric Soul Magic.  We will hear cuts from the EP, tales from the road, and the stomach butterflies about the upcoming final judging.

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