About UsThe band is comprised of Rick Marshall, Scott Faulkner, Billy Thompson, Eric Botkin along with Rob and Kellie Gilbert, who have combined their talents to form the RJ Marshall Band. The band is building a fan base of people that like to dance to a mix of upbeat blues, classic rock, original tunes and R&B favorites.
The RJ Marshall Band was founded by and features guitarist and vocalist Rick Marshall who brings years of performance experience. Most recently coming off four successful years playing with the "Phifer Marshall Band" winners of the 2005 River City Blues Challenge in Richmond, VA. and producers of the "Powerhouse Blues" CD. A musical career highlight was sharing the stage with regional blues artist Deborah Coleman. Rick brings many original tunes to the band's repertoire and his smooth and haunting guitar sound gives the band an edge that sets it apart from traditional blues bands and gives the band a unique presentation of traditional and classic tunes.
Rob and Kellie Gilbert were happy to be rejoining the group recently after a year long break. They originally joined with Rick to form the RJ Marshall Band in 2010 after relocating to Virginia from Maine. Both have always had a love for music which they shared together as members of their high school band in Old Town, Maine. Rob has over 25 years of experience playing in several Maine bands, Secret Dreams, Majic, Crazy Alice and Head First as a drummer. He began playing guitar over ten years ago, making his debut on the guitar in 2007 with the band Still Brewin' in Brewer, Maine, and has now continued on as lead/rhythm guitarist with the RJ Marshall Band. Kellie made her debut with the RJ Marshall Band playing percussion and performing back-up vocals. She is also the band's sound person as well as the band's website administrator.
Rob & Kellie GilbertKeyboards
Nord Electro 2
Roots: Blues and Classic Rock
Influences: Jimmy Smith, Greg Allman, Felix Cavaliere, Gregg Rolie and Tom Coster
Before joining the RJ Marshall band, Scott played in bands that have opened for Delbert McClinton, James Montgomery and the J. Geils Band
Originally hailing from Malpeque Bay Canada, Scott now resides in Richmond, VA with stops in Austin, TX, Boston, MA, and Kansas City along the way.
The blues can be heard, but it’s better if it’s felt.