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Honest for Once

by The Doc Marshalls

For those who take their country music seriously, "Honest for Once" will be a revelation. Comprised entirely of originals, the Doc Marshalls' second CD features gritty honky-tonk, fiery Cajun two-steps, and brutally honest songwriting.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ticket Out of Texas
3:26 $0.99
2. Lonely At the Top
2:45 $0.99
3. St. Dymphna
3:51 $0.99
4. Deux Bouteilles
2:58 $0.99
5. Word Gets Around
3:10 $0.99
6. Honest For Once
4:19 $0.99
7. Dakota
3:55 $0.99
8. Port Barre Stomp
3:45 $0.99
9. The Worst of Both Words
4:21 $0.99
10. You Know What the Law Is in Texas
5:07 $0.99
11. Never Found My Emmylou
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"A first rate Cajun and country band" - The New York Times

Amid all the Hank Williams and Johnny Cash revivalists who clutter the genres of "alt-country" and "Americana", the Doc Marshalls offer more than the usual dose of nostalgia. Since 2001, Brooklyn’s honky-tonk and Cajun troubadours have been crafting originals that may well become Texas and Louisiana dance hall standards. Their latest CD, “Honest for Once”, emphasizes story-telling over genre, and bears the influences of George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Townes Van Zandt, and Cajun stalwarts such as the Balfa Brothers.

Led by Texas-raised Acadian Nick Beaudoing, the Doc Marshalls have earned their stripes in Texas dance halls, Louisiana roadhouses, and NYC venues where roots music is seldom heard.

Their debut album, “No Kind of Life” (2005), was warmly received by roots radio, spending over a month in the Top 40 of the Americana Chart – a rare feat for an NYC country band. Comprised entirely of originals, “Honest for Once” was recorded at Brooklyn ’s Cowboy Technical Studios and includes guest appearances by the likes of Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Steve Earl). Whereas "No Kind of Life" explored bleary recollections of good love gone wrong, "Honest for Once" visits themes of leaving town, sympathy for losers, fading affection, and the darker side of life in Texas.

The Doc Marshalls are:

Nick Beaudoing: vocals, acoustic guitar, Cajun accordion
Mat Kane: fiddle
Terence Murren: bass
Matt Walsh: lead guitar
Doug Clark: drums


“...graceful, down-home country.” – Time Out New York

“What’s better than a Texas-gone-New York-come-Lafayette Cajun/folk twostep? The Doc Marshalls prove that not a lot is lost in translation, even when one’s roots are firmly planted in the big city.” – The Times of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA

“One of the best bands I saw [at South by Southwest 2006] were the Doc Marshalls...Here’s a band that could’ve worked any room in town that night and blown ‘em away” – Bill Frater KRCB Santa Rosa, CA

“Well-executed, frenetic Cajun music that will thrill fans of the genre as well as the yet-to-be converted.” – New York Magazine



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gary shepherd

an absolute joy from the first listen.....a great blend of traditional sounding bar room story songs with the fresh and powerful cajun twists thrown in, this has found a new place near the top of my music rack, where I can find it quickly and often, great disc guys !

Daniel Welsch

A very cool CD chock full of catchy tunes. Well played and well recorded in every aspect. Nice work fellas, keep it up!

kevin anthony

Captures the sounds of Texas!
This album captures the sounds of Texas and Louisiana! Recently while traveling I was listening to this album on an airplane at 35,000ft over Texas. Watching the landscape unfold below and in sync with the music! Brilliant!