It’s no surprise that Marshall Dawson Okell has turned out as a successful rock and blues artist given that his name is literally made up of two of music’s greatest rock/bluesman - Jimmy ‘Marshall’ Hendrix and Johnny ‘Dawson’ Winter. As a child he slept in a guitar case for a crib and had a rock-n-roll guitarist for a father who drummed the sounds of Hendrix, AC/DC, Winter, Muddy Waters and Little Feat into him. It somehow seems that Okell was pre-destined for the stage life.
Okell formed his first band “Immortal Flames” by the age of eleven. In his 20’s after experimenting with different sounds, genres and bands, Okell formed his one of his most successful bands ‘Marshall and the Fro’. Together the band impressed crowds from stages all over Australia such Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, Woodford, The Quiksilver Pro, Apollo Bay Musical Festival and The Gympie Muster to just name a few. The band parted in 2011 however Marshall Okell continued to perform as a soloist and alongside artists such as John Butler, Ben Harper, Wolfmother, Gotye, The Living End, The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd and Jeff Land.
Marshall’s own adaption of rock/moji blue and roots sound has been described as a “Deep, raw, honest sound that grabs you by the throat and then soothes you with a sweet, honey-tasting musical medicine.”
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