Good Afternoon Marshall! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed!
What was Thanksgiving day like for your family growing up?
I come from a small family. I’m an only child, and my parents only had one sibling each, both of whom live out of state. So even growing up when my grandparents were around we never had huge Thanksgiving dinners. Sometimes a couple of out of town guests or family friends would join us, but it was always an intimate gathering. I have really fond memories of my early Thanksgiving experiences which included lots of one-on-one time with family and fun board games after dinner.
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
My favorite Thanksgiving dish is mandarin orange salad that came from my family’s recipe book generations ago. It’s addictive! Which I guess is a good trait for a salad to have.
Any particular traditions that you still continue?
The biggest traditions my parents and I still continue are probably the food ones, haha. That salad I mentioned earlier and all the other dishes. Turkey, dressing, green beans, cranberry, we’ve always stuck to the tried and true.
Who had the biggest influence on your culinary preferences?
I can’t say there is any one person who heavily influenced my tastes in food. When I was in college and law school getting recruited by consulting companies and law firms, there was a lot of wining and dining involved. It was really my first exposure to the foodie scene. I’m an adventurous, curious person by nature, so getting to explore many different type of foods on a company’s tab was pretty great 🙂 Probably spoiled me a little, haha.
Growing up outside of Atlanta, what’s your favorite southern recipe?
My mom has this fried chicken recipe that I absolutely love. Even though she’s from Chicago, I always associate fried chicken with the south. Much to her dismay, I would also dip it in Open Pit BBQ Sauce… but singing “Open Pit BBQ Sauce” was also a vocal warm-up she taught me. So really I think it’s a little bit her fault 😉
Do you have a go-to dish?
I’m a person who loves trying new things, but in my effort to eat healthier, I have found it really helpful to have a couple go-to dishes — making grocery shopping easier. I always eat egg-whites and perfectly-crisped bacon for breakfast. Then, thanks to Trader Joe’s, I’ll often treat myself to a grass-fed ribeye and broccolini for dinner. I like simple dishes… to me it’s really all about the seasoning profile.
Is there a certain ingredient that you love to cook with?
Garlic. Combine that with grass-fed butter and I’ll pretty much eat anything!
Do you have a favorite cuisine?
Mexican and Mediterranean food are my two favorite types of cuisine. It’s easy for me to find healthy, tasty options in both! Thankfully, Atlanta has some amazing restaurants in both categories.
If we were to look in your fridge what would we find?
Well you’re in luck because I just went grocery shopping yesterday! I have a lot of La Croix (had to ween myself off Mountain Dew), Kill Cliff (great recovery drink that prevents me from drinking Red Bull), grass-fed ground beef, corn tortillas, leeks, cauliflower, an unusually large amount of sardines, and pickles. I could probably live on pickles if I had to.
You eat the same thing every morning for breakfast, how did that get started and why don’t you stray from your routine?
It got started about 5 years ago when I was running my tech company. I wasn’t in the best shape, and I wanted a morning routine that would center me for the day. I was interested in the ketogenic diet, and a friend told me that the US ski team would eat egg whites, bacon, and grapefruit for breakfast every morning. I tried it and loved it. It’s become this ritual for me now that I cherish.
What do you do when you’re not playing music?
Given my background in law and tech, I do some strategy consulting to help friends. But I’m really into movies and television. It’s still under wraps, but I’m working on a show concept related to my music career that’s getting a lot of traction. So hopefully you’ll see that early next year. I’ve had a lot of fun expanding my creative writing to include screenplays.
Who has the better restaurants, Nashville or Atlanta?
I gotta give that award to Atlanta, though Nashville is well on it’s way. The sheer number of chefs in Atlanta nominated for James Beard awards is simply staggering!
Tell us about the inspiration behind “Too Many Lines”
As I get older, I’m starting to notice more physical lines on my face. Hopefully most of them are from smiling too much! But I began to wonder if others might be from the not-so-great decisions I’ve made in life. We learn and grow from them and they make us who we are. So I wanted to capture that in a song.
What’s coming up for you in 2017?
I’m excited about 2017! While I don’t have any plans to release a new record, I am working on a scripted web series based around music featuring myself and a few other great singer/songwriters. I can’t disclose much about it at this point, but it stands to have a big impact on my music career. I also hope to do more touring. I’m itching to play more live shows 🙂
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you drink?
Wow, there are so many directions I could go with this. Simply because I believe in the Law of Attraction, I’m going to go with Anna Kendrick. She’s on top of the leaderboard of my celebrity crushes because she seems like such a down-to-earth, witty girl. Also the way she’s navigated her entertainment career is really impressive to me. I already know the first two questions I’d ask her if said cocktail meetup ever happens, haha. Oh, and I’d suggest we both drink The Gin Man… which is currently my favorite drink concoction I’ve come up with at home. I’ve included that recipe too!
ABOUT Tin Man:
The Tin Man’s heart is not only worn on his sleeve, but also strapped to his back telling emotional stories through a hollow-bodied guitar. Paired with a seasoned voice unashamed of its raw vulnerability, you quickly find your own heart beating in sync with these anthemic songs. It’s the sound of relationships past and inner struggles present, balanced with the hope of a brighter future. It’s a southern sound bread out of a youthful love for The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, and Tom Petty.
Despite all the heart Marshall has always put into music, the first two chapters of his career were lead by his brain. After college he earned a law degree from the prestigious University of Michigan and proceeded to practice corporate, intellectual property law for seven years. Then upon leaving the law, he founded Mowgli, an entertainment technology company focused on gamifying the creation of music. Four years and four million investment dollars into the fast-paced technology start-up world, Marshall realized he’d done it again. He had let his brain take the reigns over his heart. He took a step back, 417,462 steps to be exact, and hiked the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain. It was his yellow brick road, which lead him to the heart of his music.
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