David Lee Murphy and Kendell Marvel: Locals Made Good Return to Warm up for Toby Keith

David Lee Murphy and Kendell Marvel:  Locals Made Good Return to Warm up for Toby Keith
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Who: Colt Ford / LoCash; Toby Keith / David Lee Murphy / Waterloo Revival / Kendell Marvel
What: country-western showcase
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When: 2017-06-16 - 2017-06-17
When country superstar and Fox News darling Toby Keith comes to play Saturday, June 17 at Black Diam
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When country superstar and Fox News darling Toby Keith comes to play Saturday, June 17 at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson, two of his three warmup acts will have deep local roots.

Both Kendell Marvel and David Lee Murphy have gone on to successful performing and writing careers in Nashville, but they each hail from Southern Illinois.

Marvel was a star on the regional music scene, frequently performing at HerrinFesta Italiana, the Du Quoin State Fair, and the legendary Fred’s Dance Barn.

“Fred’s was the first place where I ever sang with a band,” Marvel tells Nightlife. “My dad took me there when I was ten years old and asked if I could sing a song with the band.”

Marvel did “If You Don’t Like Hank Williams,” and he was hooked on a country-music career.

Marvel moved to Music City in 1998, where he quickly established himself as one of the city’s top songwriters, providing material to George Strait (“Twang”), Tracy Lawrence (“When Daddy Was a Strong Man”), Jamey Johnson (“That Lonesome Song”), and Lee Ann Womack (“Either Way”). In addition, Marvel wrote Gary Allan’s earliest hit “Right Where I Need to Be,” Jake Owen’s “Startin’ With Me,” and Chris Stapleton’s single “Either Way.” When Nightlife spoke with him, Marvel had just finished writing with Jon Pardi.

Despite all that success, Marvel has yet to release his first solo album. He hopes to rectify that this year with Lowdown and Lonesome, which features nine original songs. The first single, “Gypsy Woman,” is slated for July 14.

Marvel says he was so wrapped up in the world of professional songwriting that he never got around to recording. But as he saw people like Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell find success with the kind of country music he most enjoys, Marvel decided it was time to go into the studio.

Meanwhile, Marvel has also become quite Nashville the impresario, hosting a monthly showcase at Music City’s premier rock nightclub, the Exit/In. Dubbed the Honkytonk Experience, Marvel and a rotating cast of supporting players perform a mix of original material and classic-country numbers. Guests who have sat in include Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, and Jon Pardi. The Brothers Osborne, he says, made it to all of the Honkytonk Experiences thus far.

But the Black Diamond gig is special, he says.

“I’ll tell you what I’m most excited about, and that’s getting to do a full-band show at home,” he says. “It’s been a long time since I had a chance to do that.”

Marvel’s band will include Keith Gattis, who produced Lowdown and Lonesome and used to serve as Dwight Yoakam’s bandleader.

Check him out at <http://www.KendellMarvel.com>.

Meanwhile, Marvel says that playing with David Lee Murphy is an added treat. The two friends even went fishing in Alaska last year.

A Herrin native, Murphy exploded in 1994. His first big hit, “Just Once,” came on the soundtrack to Eight Seconds. He followed it with Out With a Bang, which included huge hits “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd.”

As the fickle mainstream country-music industry changed and his popularity as a recording artist waned, Murphy morphed into one of Nashville’s hottest songwriters. His many credits include “Ain’t Much Left of Me” (a hit for Blackberry Smoke) “Living in Fast Forward” (Kenny Chesney), “A Feelin’ Like That” (Gary Allan), “Anywhere With You” (Jake Owen), “Big Green Tractor” (Jason Aldean), and “Always the Love Songs” (the Eli Young Band’s first hit). Murphy also cowrote “Tryin’ to Get There” with Waylon Jennings— one of the last songs the outlaw legend helped to pen.

Find out more at <http://www.DavidLee.com>.

In addition, Waterloo Revival will join Keith, Murphy, and Marvel. Colt Ford and LoCash will play Friday, June 16 at Black Diamond.

Though some ticket options have sold out, those that remain are on sale at <https://www.EventBrite.com>.

who: Colt Ford / LoCash; Toby Keith / David Lee Murphy / Waterloo Revival / Kendell Marvel

what: country-western showcase

where: Black Diamond Harley-Davidson

 

when: Friday, June 16; Saturday, June 17