Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritor of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band. A virtuoso aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr., Jerry Fletcher, and Bob Nichols, the band can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, soulful gospel to stone country, which is what they've been doing—to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians—throughout their three decades as a working unit.
The band celebrates its 30th anniversary with the release of The Woodstock Sessions, helmed by Grammy-winning producer Larry Campbell. Known for his artful work with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and countless others, Campbell guides the Ghost’s dig into its garden of deep roots to uncover a host of hidden gems. Featuring its trademark multi-part harmonies and multi-instrumental skills, the band’s 11th album is a resonant road trip through America's past set firmly in the present.
Campbell, a master musician of all things stringed and winner of an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, brought Marley’s Ghost to the legendary Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY after working with the group as a sideman on its previous recording, the scintillating roots-music tour de force, Jubilee.
That album, produced by legendary Nashville cat Cowboy Jack Clement and recorded at the city's venerable Sound Emporium, also features guest performances from Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Marty Stuart.
The winning chemistry between Campbell and Ghost has already set yet another recording project in motion—a gospel album, a genre beloved by both artist and producer.
“Marley’s Ghost has earned cult-band status over 20 years of spirited musicianship, multi-part harmonies and irreverent humor.”
– Paste Magazine
“This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that's steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.”
– L.A. Weekly
“What makes Marley’s Ghost’s music so remarkable is the way the band melds so many different influences into a cohesive sound–not Americana (an industry buzz word) but actual American music.”
— Icon Fetch