Phifer Marshall Band -
regional blues/rock bands in almost every corner of the
Some of my best friends play in bar bands.
Perhaps more so than any other genre of music, great blues/rock
acts are born from bar bands. These bands are at the very forefront
of the blues/rock scene, laboring in the trenches, immensely
talented, building a loyal and rabid fan base one person at a time.
Many labor for most of their career in relative obscurity though
their sound and skill are high quality. As I have traveled the
internet highways of the past 10 or so years, I have come to the
conclusion that there is almost an unlimited number of great local
The Richmond, VA based Phifer Marshall Band is just such an act.
Blending elements of blues/rock, Chicago Blues, and R&B into a
classic rock type sound, the band is steadily building a loyal
regional following with their brand of music which I will label as
“fun” music. Rather than attempting to dissect
everything about their work, let me state that it is simply
enjoyable, whether you may enjoy dancing, listening, or just
tapping your toes along with it. The band is made up of Mattie
Phifer on gutsy vocals, guitar and harmonica, Rick Marshall on
polished and tasteful guitar, a most enjoyable Greg Willard on
bass, and rock steady Dave McNeer on drums.
“Powerhouse Blues” is the band’s initial release
and serves as a very good sampling of their combined talents. The 8
tracks are all original tunes, penned primarily by Phifer and
Marshall, with contributions from other band mates as well. There
are some more classic sounding Chicago blues style tunes along with
some edgier rock flavored numbers. I particularly enjoy “Sold
My Soul” which features some excellent harp and vocal work by
Ms. Phifer, the lively blues number “Don’t Do That No
Mo”, the classic rock ballad “After The Party”,
with the heavy guitar driven “I Got It Bad” perhaps
being my personal favorite.
Check out the band live and in person if you are in the beautiful
Richmond, VA area and be sure to visit with them online for info
and sound samples at www.phifermarshallband.com.
Mattie Phifer: vocals, harmonica, guitar
Rick Marshall: guitar
Greg Willard: bass
Dave McNeer: drums
1. Don’t Do That No Mo - 2. Please Call Daddy - 3. Mill Hill
Midge - 4. You Don’t Know What I Mean 5. All Alone - 6. I Got
It Bad - 7. Sold My Soul - 8. After The Party
2005 Phifer Marshall Band