Smart Folk/Rock/Pop--unusually original singer/songwriter with a disctinct voice and perspective--great lyrics and stories, compared to Leonard Cohen, Robin Hitchcock, Cat Stevens, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon.
IRA MARLOWE has strolled with his guitar between the tables of a HOWARD JOHNSONS. Hes performed at a CIRCUMCISION. In between occasional tastes of GLORYperformances at the FILLMORE, SLIMS, GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, numerous songwriting awardsMarlowe has endured all that a life on the fringes of the music business can offer. After fifteen years, five smarmy managers and three failed record deals, youd think hed have the good sense to quit. Instead, hes just released his best work ever. SAVE THE DAY is about fear, but also about faith. Its a colorful parade of ghosts, gurus, posers, vampires, neurotics, robots, saviours and drunks. Most of all its a CD about the struggle to find humor and balance in an increasingly maddening and out-of-balance world. Shuttled from town to town while growing up with his anthropologist parents, Marlowe listened to everything from Gershwin to Bowie to Western Swing to West Side Story. At age 13 he sold enough greeting cards, door-to-door, to earn himself a Folktune Wood Guitar, and at 19 he began to write songs. In the years since, hes developed a literate, narrative style often described as cinematicdrawing comparisons to Elvis Costello, Robyn Hitchcock, and Leonard Cohen.