Billboard Magazine: Kendell Marvel Reflects on His Career Following the Release of ‘Lowdown & Lonesome’

(Chuck Dauphin,  Billboard Magazine.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

When you think Illinois, the first thing that usually appears in people’s minds is “The Windy City” of Chicago. But, there’s a lot more to the Land of Lincoln than simply the third-largest city in the United States. Just ask singer-songwriter Kendell Marvel, who hails from the southeastern portion of the state — where there is nary a skyscraper in sight.

“It’s interesting,” Marvel admitted to Billboard. “When I say Illinois, people think Chicago. I grew up about 30 miles from Paducah, Kentucky — about three hours from Nashville. It’s pretty country up there, very much agricultural-based and a lot of coal mines. It’s a hotspot for country music lovers up there.” And, there was certainly plenty that influenced him — from Waylon and Willie to Southern rock sounds such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers Band.

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