Greg Koch and the Koch-Marshall Trio consist of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son Dylan Koch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall. At the heart of this organ trio is a blues sensibility - but Koch's compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and country served up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose of humor and occasional wild abandon.
The trio blends the explosive guitar manipulations of Greg, the groove-centric, power-pocket playing of his son Dylan on drums (who share many telepathic musical moments) and the glorious, Hammond organ stylings of the uber-talented Toby Marshall, Greg’s compositions are properly portrayed in the blues-drenched, funk, chicken-fried, gospelly, jazz-rock panorama in which they were conceived. Their first release, “Toby Arrives” the first moments of their unexpected musical partnership captured at an extemporaneous jam session earlier in the year.
“I believe Greg Koch is pound for pound the best guitar player in the world today. His, tone, feel and style are unrivaled in today’s guitar playing community. He is scary good. It was a true honor to do shows with him.”
- Joe Bonamassa
Mark Joseph was Inspired and forever changed by witnessing the virtuosity of “The King of Blues” (BB King). Shortly after he was gifted his first guitar in 1991, at the ripe age of 10. The subsequent decades, two thousand plus live shows, five full length albums and multiple EP’s, have permanently written Mark Joseph into the sonic history he was inspired by so many years ago. Yet the blues was the common thread throughout for this Minnesota born singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
2020 finds Mark Joseph showing no signs of slowing down with the recent release of his new full length album, “The Musician and the Muse”. The blues is front and center as Joseph explores both his expansive songwriting skills, and his explosive ability to make the guitar sing, cry, or even challenge fans to question what is possible with a pic and some strings. In collaboration with the prolific and accomplished LA based producer Steve McCormick, this record is a true snapshot in time, building upon the blues of the past, yet carving out a place for Joseph that is uniquely his own.
The Musician & The Muse features guest appearances from: - Richie Hayward (Little Feat) Drums on "Walk To The Water" - Stanley Behrens (WAR/Canned Heat / Willie Dixon) on Harmonica - John Avila (Oingo Bingo/Lukas Nelson/Neil Young) on Bass - Toby Lee Marshall (Koch-Marshall Trio) on Hammond Organ
“The Blues is my home. A place filled with emotions, the past... an uncertain future. Dark, light, it’s all there.” - Mark Jose
February 27 – ICON, Sioux Falls, SD
February 28 – Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
February 29 – Lake Geneva House of Music, Lake Geneva, WI
March 01 – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
March 06 – Pearl Street Brewery, La Crosse, WI
March 07 – Cranky Pat's Pizza, Neenah, WI