This Jacksonville native takes his music work seriously, whether writing songs, performing live, promoting his career or doing whatever it takes to make it in the business. Gabe Marshall composes material, plays guitar and sings, does solo and duo shows, plus brings out the full band when the time and place is right. He packed up and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, back in 2012 after years of performing in the Midwest and releasing his first album, Where I've Been. Working with his dad, writing and playing, they did lots of good stuff to get Gabe headed to the town where big deals happen. During his Nashville time, the hard-working musician plays writers' nights, hits the honky-tonks, does a regular 5 p.m. Wednesday Facebook Live show and almost always plays his popular song Fireball, adding his husky, countryside, growling, emotive voice to each song he sings. Gabe continues to work the ways of getting there with Do My Thang, released in January 2020 and the Fireball EP set to come out this November.

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin, a sixth-generation Sangamon County resident, has played his songs and music for nearly 40 years in the central Illinois area with occasional forays across the country. He's contributed to Illinois Times since 2000 by writing Now Playing, a weekly music column, as well as features stories and other articles...

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