We love Marshall Crenshaw, who blazed on the scene in the early 1980s.
Born near Detroit, Michigan, Marshall Crenshaw began playing guitar at age ten and he received his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania.In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic “La Bamba.”
While living in NYC, he recorded the single “Something’s Gonna Happen” for Alan Betrock’s Shake Records, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, Marshall Crenshaw was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist.
He is still amazing and we are happy to say Crenshaw will release Driving and Dreaming, in a limited edition 10” vinyl EP to brick and mortar retail via Red River Entertainment on Monday, November 25, 2013.
From the press release:
The third in a series of EP releases from Crenshaw, Driving and Dreaming, features a remake of his classic hit, “Someday, Someway,” a new original, “Driving and Dreaming” and a cover, this time, The Bobby Fuller Four’s “Never To Be Forgotten.”
Last Fall, Crenshaw launched a subscription series whereby his fans could receive three, three-song, 10-inch vinyl EPs, each of which would include a new A-side backed with a cover song and a remake of a song from his earlier in his career. The first EP I Don’t See You Laughing Now and last Spring’s follow-up Stranger and Stranger garnered tremendous critical acclaim and a wave of news stories on Marshall’s new business model.
Crenshaw recorded all of Driving and Dreaming in New York and played most of the instruments himself. In all, Crenshaw plans to release a total of six three-song 10-inch vinyl EPs by Spring of 2015. These recordings are available by visiting www.marshallcrenshaw.com. Digital downloads are also available now for the first time via Amazon as well as other online locations.
Over the course of a career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, Marshall Crenshaw’s musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base.
After an early break playing John Lennon in a touring company of the Broadway musical Beatlemania, the Michigan-bred musician began his recording career with the now-legendary indie single “Something’s Gonna Happen,” on Alan Betrock’s seminal Shake label.
His growing fame in his adopted hometown of New York City helped to win Crenshaw a deal with Warner Bros. Records, which released his self-titled 1982 debut album. With such instant classics as “Someday Someway” and “Cynical Girl,” that LP established Crenshaw as one of his era’s preeminent tunesmiths – a stature that was confirmed by subsequent albums Field Day, Downtown, Mary Jean & 9 Others, Good Evening, Life’s Too Short, Miracle of Science, #447, What’s in the Bag? And Jaggedland.
Along the way, Crenshaw’s compositions have been successfully covered by a broad array of performers, including Bette Midler, Kelly Willis, Robert Gordon, Ronnie Spector, Marti Jones and the Gin Blossoms, with whom Crenshaw co-wrote the Top 10 single “Til I Hear It From You.” He’s also provided music for several film soundtracks, appeared in the films La Bamba (as Buddy Holly) and Peggy Sue Got Married, and was nominated for a Grammy and a Golden Globe award for penning the title track for the film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Crenshaw also authored a book about rock movies entitle Hollywood Rock, and has assembled compilation albums of the music of Scott Walker and the Louvin Brothers, as well as the acclaimed country collection Hillbilly Music…Thank God! Since 2011, he has hosted his own radio show, The Bottomless Pit, on New York’s WFUV, Saturday nights at 10pm ET.