Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed...
Fife & Drom is the musical brainchild of husband and wife team Mark Marshall and Abby Ahmad. Though the couple grew up as neighbors in a tiny Pennsylvania town, destiny arranged their first meeting, oddly enough, over two decades later at the “Crossroads Cafe” in Brooklyn, NY. One might say their collaboration was fated. The duo pen original songs inspired by the works of blues pioneers Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Son House and beyond. Their name pays tribute to fife and drum blues music, a highly influential genre which emerged from Mississippi, the heart of Delta blues, as well as a nod to the dutch word “drom”, meaning “a group moving together with purpose”.
Joined by bassist Adam Minkoff and drummer Sean Dixon, Fife & Drom's music incorporates the infectious rhythms and sounds from Delta and Chicago blues, but adapts with content for today's life and times. Their explosive live shows have audiences captivated by the band's unbridled passion, ceaseless energy and powerful dynamics.
Their debut album, Introducing Fife & Drom is garnering early praise for its relevant and resonant voice in blues music. The album features the immense talents of Jon Cowherd (Brian Blade Fellowship, Roseanne Cash), Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan) and Jackson Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds). Whether the role-flipping bravado of opening track “Wicked Tongue”, the eerie karmic retribution of “Ghosts”, or the heart-wrenching struggle of “Please, Please, Please”, Introducing Fife & Drom provides an unpretentious, unabashed, and unmatched entrance into the genre.
"They say good things come to those who wait so we did our part and waited patiently for this album [Introducing Fife & Drom]. It was clearly time well spent because this is top shelf material. There is not a weak track on here, front to back this is as good a piece of work as you will find. " -Glen Casebeer (American Blues Scene)
"The great thing about Fife & Drom is that they have a truly unique sound. They are clearly influenced by older, acoustic blues, but they don’t live in the past; instead they take the baton and run towards a frontier in blues that is all their own, making a memorable introduction." -Nik Rodewald (Blues Rock Review)