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Marvin Etzioni

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Marvin Etzioni is an American alt-country musician, best known as bass player with Lone Justice from 1982-86.

There’s country, there’s alt. country and there’s Marvin Country. It’s a magical place, some way off the map, populated by back-porch philosophers, hobos, broken hearted lovers and spacemen, and presided over by the man the L.A Times called “one heck of a songwriter” and Billboard compared to Bob Dylan and John Lennon.

Says Marvin Etzioni, “For me the real country writers are Leonard Cohen and Dylan, or Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder, or Charles Aznavour and Jacques Brel. To quote Merle Haggard, I wear my own kinda hat.”

Marvin Country is the ambitious fourth solo album by a man already revered in Americana circles - among many things, he co-founded the pioneering L.A roots rock band Lone Justice, writing some of its finest songs. The 18 songs on this double CD are variously original, traditional, tender, quirky, emotional and wise. There’s backporch country, barroom weepers, clapboard-church gospel, haunting folk, dusty blues and songs for which a genre’s not yet been named.

On some of them Marvin goes it alone; a multi-instrumentalist, he plays mandolin, mandocello, guitar, bass, piano, Mellotron, porchboard and keyboards. Others feature a distinguished cast of guests - including duets with Lucinda Williams (a heart-wrenching Lay It On The Table), Steve Earle (Ain’t No Work In Mississippi), Richard Thompson (It Don’t Cost Much), Buddy Miller (Living Like A Hobo), John Doe (The Grapes Of Wrath), Maria McKee (You Possess Me) and The Dixie Hummingbirds, who add their uplifting harmonies to You Are The Light, a reprise of the Americana classic Etzioni wrote for Lone Justice’s acclaimed 1985 debut.

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