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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Fife & Drom march to Cooldog Concert Series

  • Soon-to-be husband and wife Mark Marshall and Abby Ahmad like to play a style of music that's old school. But with a modern twist of high energy.
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  • Soon-to-be husband and wife Mark Marshall and Abby Ahmad like to play a style of music that's old school. But with a modern twist of high energy.
    Ahmad (vocals, acoustic/electric guitar) and Marshall (electric guitar, vocals) are the core members of the blues-based quintet Fife & Drom, based in New York City. The outfit's original tunes pay homage to blues pioneers like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, along with their individual personalities injected into the music.
    Fife & Drom core members Marshall and Ahmad will bring the ketchup and mustard to Cooldog Concert Series on Saturday, as they'll be the sole members performing in the show. The pair will perform an acoustic set.
    Saturday's concert will feature a blend of Fife & Drom's originals and covers, of which the duo might tackle: "Howlin' Wolf's "Spoonful," Muddy Waters' "Got My Mojo Working" and Jimmy Reed's "Shame, Shame, Shame," said Marshall, 38.
    Two original Fife song's likely to appear in the concert is the haunting tune "Ghosts" and the bluesy "Wicked Tongue," a tune based on "Karma," said Ahmad, 30, who pens most of the band's songs.
    The tune was inspired by some of Marshall's less-than-perfect qualities: "He has a little bit of a hot temper and a potty mouth," quipped Ahmad.
    When asked if there was validity to Ahmad's comments, Marshall, being the prince he is, decided to take the high road.
    "I only get my two cents in when we're on stage, when we both have a microphone," beamed Marshall.
    The name Fife & Drom pays tribute to fife and drum blues music, a highly-influential genre which emerged from Mississippi, the heart of Delta blues.Fife and drum date back to the 16th century when military corps would march with snares and bass drums, similar to old Bugs Bunny cartoons.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Fife & Drom in concert
    WHEN 7:30 p.m. Feb., Saturday 2WHERE Cooldog Concert Series, private house concert in northern Kent County (address will be provided after RSVP)
    COST $15 adult; $10 ages 10-18 and active military
    INFO cooldogconcerts.com
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