READY TO FIRE: Northern Rivers musician Marshall O'Kell.
READY TO FIRE: Northern Rivers musician Marshall O'Kell. Heidi Flumm Photography

Sippin’ on Rocket Fuel to ignite the show

SIPPIN' on Rocket Fuel is the latest release by local rock, roots and blues veteran Marshall O'Kell, and the name of the album seems to symbolise the energy he puts in his live shows.

So expect nothing but pure energy on stage at his Bluesfest appearances.

A veteran of the Byron Bay Bluesfest, he will virtually open the festival today.

"This will be the sixth time I play there. We originally won the busking competition (in 2007, as Marshall and the Fro) and then we were asked to go back a number of times," O'Kell said.

"Pretty much every time we have released an album we've got a spot, which is really great."

The 2012 Blues and Roots winner of the Oz Music Awards said the energy he put on stage was a mix of his family legacy and his own love for music.

"It's a big concoction of different things: my dad, Glenn O'Kell, was a kick-ass muso, and we always had cool musos hanging around the establishment," he said.

"I've always been around music since I can remember, but I have always been draw to great front-men like Muddy Waters or Jimi Hendrix, or even local people. I really like good vocalists so I learned from them and put every bit of energy I have into every gig."

Off this latest album, O'Kell mentioned a song called I'll Do Anything, co-written with Tweed Heads musician Matt Cumins.

"It's about male depression. There is this expectation that blokes have to be tough, so that's why the song came out," he said.


At the Juke Joint today Thursday from 4pm.

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