Lalaland was formed back in 1991 as a vehicle for musicians and songwriters Phil Marshall (guitar & vox) and Jim Huie (drums). Having created several demos on Jim's trusty four-track, it soon became necessary to flesh out the line-up with Bill King on bass and Gary Skinner on guitar and vox in order to start playing club dates in upstate NY. The band received good reviews at local clubs in Rochester, NY but folded after two years having released a 45 single, Six Bullet Dream/I'll Make Somebody Pay, and one track (Close to Home) on the Popfest compilation. Phil revived the band with a new line-up in '94. It wasn't until '96 that a line-up was stable enough to enter the studio to begin work on an official CD release. W/ drummer Carl Glitzer, bassist Ken Frank and returning member Gary Skinner, the songs that eventually found their way onto NUDE were recorded. Money and time constraints kept the CD on the shelf for another two years. It was finally released in October of 1998. Coinciding with the release, Phil Marshall enrolled in the undergraduate music therapy program at Nazareth College and began to devote all his energies to study. Although the CD got a rave review from Democrat & Chronicle's entertainment writer Jeff Spevak and decent airplay on local college stations, Phil Marshall found little time to capitalize on the momentum. Phil Marshall is now a board certified music therapist working in hospice and fronting the Phil Marshall Trio along with Ken Frank and drummer Jim McAvaney. Hopefully, this cool and diverse slab of power pop and roots rock n roll will find the audience on CD Baby it truly deserves. Of note: Ken Frank is the creative force behind the Flower City 5, which is available on CD Baby as well. Ken Frank, Jim McAvaney and Phil Marshall were longtime members of the Colorblind James Experience. Expect a CD from the PMT soon! Jim Huie currently runs the Paisley Pop label in Oregon. Jeff Spevak is still the entertainment writer for the Democrat & Chronicle.
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