Madjack Records announces the release of Little Red, a new CD/LP from the powerhouse Memphis soul singer Susan Marshall, on April 28, 2009. Recorded during several trips between Memphis and London by Jeff Powell (Afghan Whigs, Primal Scream and Bob Dylan) and Henry Olson (Primal Scream, Beth Orton, and Nico), Little Red further solidifies the often overlooked connection between the soul music of Memphis and the club scene of London. Celebrated author Robert Gordon (It Came From Memphis) writes in the liner notes that â€œthe album conjures Memphis of the 60â€™s and 70â€™s while rooted solidly in the present day.â€
For her third solo release, the critically acclaimed Marshall teams with Lucinda Williams for a duet of â€œDonâ€™t Let Me Down,â€ calls on singer Greg Dulli to back her on â€œFemme Fatale,â€ and scores a guest appearance from Al Greenâ€™s legendary sideman Teenie Hodges for â€œOh My Soul.â€
Ms. Marshall may not be a household name just yet, however she is highly regarded amongst the industry for her work with the likes of Cat Power, The Afghan Whigs, Lenny Kravitz, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Primal Scream and Lucinda Williams. Just this last year Susan, recorded vocals for Lucinda’s new CD Little Honey, was featured on Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer disc, sang on Solomon Burkeâ€™s new album, wrote a song on Katherine McPhee’s debut CD, sang all over Australian Idol Guy Sebastian’s record and contributed vocals to the soundtrack for the Denzel Washington movie The Great Debaters. In February Susan was called to sing for a Klaus Voormann (Pastic Ono Band, Manfred Mannâ€™s Earth Band) project. Marshall is also being honored this month by the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission â€œfor her unyielding support and contribution to Memphis Music.â€
Susan Marshallâ€™s live performances are often described by those who have seen her in legendary terms. During a Gram Parsons Tribute concert performed at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles , Ms. Marshall infamously brought the house down in the midst of performances by greats such as Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Steve Earle, and My Morning Jacketâ€™s Jim James. In addition to Rolling Stone giving her the â€œspine-chill -awardâ€, Uncut magazine called Marshall a â€œshow-stealerâ€¦ whose mind-boggling ‘Do Right Woman’ had the audience of nearly 5000 on their feet.” LA City Beatâ€™s Chris Morris has aptly described Susan Marshall as â€œa wide, loud, red-headed mama who’s a stroke of heavy weather her own self.â€
Little Red follows 2002’s Honey Mouth and 2005’s Firefly and will be available in stores along with online outlets on April 28, 2009. You can also find Ms. Marshall online at http://www.myspace.com/susanmarshall and view a clip of Susan performing with Lucinda Williams at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bqRCkvK9X0.