Five Firsts: Nick Beaudoing @ the Doc Marshalls

September 28th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg
The Doc Marshalls

The Doc Marshalls

NAME: Nicolas Beaudoing
BAND AFFILIATION: the Doc Marshalls
INSTRUMENT: Cajun accordion, guitar, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The soundtrack to the movie “Footloose.” It was an actual LP on sale at Target. At the time, I was 100% convinced of the awesomeness of Kenny Loggins. I remember having to ask for permission to use the record player in the den.

I also have a memory of my younger sister bringing home a copy of “Synchronicity” by the Police. She’d won it as a prize at our school’s Father-Daughter Dance. My father put it on the record player that evening, and we listened to both sides, start to finish. I remember thinking that was a very cool thing to do.

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Interview: The Doc Marshalls

October 18th, 2010, 5:00 pm by Greg

The Doc Marshalls: Jonathan Gregg and Nick Beaudoing

The Doc Marshalls: Jonathan Gregg and Nick Beaudoing

When you turn on country music radio or attend a country music concert these days, the music leans heavily towards a harder rock sound. If it weren’t for the fiddle player and/or the pedal steel guitarist somewhere in the back of the mix, you’d think you were hearing a Billboard Top 40 pop song or even some ’70s rock and roll (anybody still remember Loggins & Messina?).

The fabulous Doc Marshalls, lead by singer-acoustic guitarist-accordionist Nick Beaudoing, don’t plug into that commercial country music sound or hype. For Nick and the band, the musical pendulum swings the other way to incorporate roots-Americana, bluegrass, Cajun music and the foundation of all country music: traditional folk and honky-tonk.

What makes Beaudoing and his band unique is the way they fuse together the country styles of the past with contemporary American-roots music. That sonic amalgam is truly original and refreshing because the influences of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash or Buck Owens are there at the heart of many of the band’s songs, but they are no cover band or old-school style imitators. They are continuing the music’s lineage by by-passing contemporary rock and centering on their original blend.

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