Hailing from Minnesota, Marcellus Hall arrived in New York in the 1990s to form Railroad Jerk, an industrial grunge-folk band whose four LPs on Matador Records helped define the era. With trademark absurdist, yet poignant, lyrics, Hall went on to form (with drummer Dave Varenka) White Hassle, a duo with guitar, harmonica, and drums that pre-dated the White Stripes and the Black Keys. Releasing albums on Orange Recordings (U.S.), Fargo Records (France) and Mazri (Japan) – as well as touring Europe – White Hassle incorporated a thereminist, a second guitarist and a DJ at its live shows before disbanding.
Hall then embarked solo playing shows around New York while recording songs for what would eventually become The First Line LP on Glacial Pace Recordings. Marcellus Hall is a NYC-based illustrator. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Time, as well as in American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts annuals. His first cover for The New Yorker was published in 2005. He has self-published books of drawings and writings, including Hard Luck Stories and Legends of the Infinite City.
Marcellus will have an official showcase at Bartram Bash on April 23 in Alpine Groves Park. This event is Free and open to the public brought to you by St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and the Stetson Kennedy Songwriter Residency.