Adam Marsland

L.A.-area singer/songwriter Adam Marsland is no stranger to these parts. That's because he's one of the biggest independent road-dogs out there, doing four tours in one year in support of his ba

 
Adam Marsland



L.A.-area singer/songwriter Adam Marsland is no stranger to these parts. That's because he's one of the biggest independent road-dogs out there, doing four tours in one year in support of his band Cockeyed Ghost's latest, greatest CD, Ludlow 6:18. With his bandmates unable to do any touring, Marsland loaded up his Toyota Tercel with the basics and embarked on a solo journey that brought him to Cincy no less than four times in the span of a year. Marsland has released a fantastic souvenir of sorts, the acoustic live CD 232 Days on the Road, which reveals just why the affable troubadour has no problem getting gigs anywhere, anytime. One of the best "solo" live albums (dare we say, the Live At Leeds of the genre) in recent memory, 232 not only showcases Marsland's remarkable songwriting abilities (which mix classic Pop/Rock influences from Brian Wilson to Bob Mould to Elvis Costello), but it also shows his capacity for taking an acoustic gig beyond the "lonely-guy-in-the-corner" realm. The way Marsland's affably witty banter (often exhibited within the songs) draws the audience in is downright palpable. Even if his songs sucked, this show would be worth checking out. Thankfully, Marsland is one of the great unsigned Pop songwriters in the country.

On Thursday at the BarrelHouse as a part of the monthly Acoustic Artist series.

— M.B.

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