is the latest artist to join the CAUDog Records Family. Ben came in to record a Podcast with us last Winter and one thing led to another.
It has BEN a journey!!! His earliest memories of music were dancing around the house singing along to Elton John and Beatles records with his family when he was just a child. By age 11, he was drawn to the guitar and remembers bugging his parents to buy him one. After constant persistence, he received his first guitar at the early age of 13. While the neighborhood kids were out playing, he was up in his bedroom listening and trying to jam along with Jim Croce, Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin, Boston, Eric Clapton and The Beach Boys records to name a few. “I had a record player and a bunch of vinyl records, and I would just listen and try to play along,” says Marshall. He can remember that some of the neighbors thought it a bit odd that he spent so much time in his room. “I was just simply dedicated and was really bitten by the blues bug at an early age. I was completely focused on learning from the greats like BB King, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters.” The sound of blues music touched a spot deep within his soul.
Along with learning by ear, he was also introduced to George Yeatmen, Sr. and studied classical guitar with him for a few years. This helped him develop technique and a unique finger style. “He was really hard on me but I am so glad I had the opportunity to study with him and learned the value of hard work and the importance of dedicating yourself to your craft.” Yeatmen was a guitarist during the big band era and was a well-known musician in the Baltimore area. “He played a huge role in my early development as a musician and he is deeply missed.”
Throughout the years he has focused more and more on the art of songwriting and has had the opportunity to work with some talented individuals. His musical influences are diverse and he is constantly listening and learning from various artists. “My biggest influences in my early twenties were artists like Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake. Since then, I have expanded my musical pallet to a broader range of artists and am always in search of music that moves me