ABOUT MARSHLAND 
 
Marshland (formerly Nola County) began as a country music genre experiment and has since grown into an unbounded, transcendent live musical experience, featuring an eight musician ensemble at full strength.  The band performs self-described "Louisiana Americana", blending American roots music with Louisiana culture and New Orleans improvisation.    

Band Members:

Blake Mogabgab
Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Mogabgab has been writing and performing in the Southeast since 2002.  He studied creative writing in prose and poetry at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College in Mississippi, where he recorded his first full-length album with the band RiverLeft in 2008.  He earned his Juris Doctorate at Tulane University Law School in 2010, after working as a local environmental advocate for the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.  He as a beautiful wife, two lovely daughters, and 

 

John Paul Carmody 
Electric Guitar, Vocals  
A soulful and unabashed performer and songwriter, JP Carmody, frontman for southern rock trio South Jones, is unarguably one of the best vocalists in the New Orleans area., also performing regularly with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Darcy Malone & the Tangle, and Earphunk. 

Mike Harvey
Fiddle, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Nominated for a Grammy for his work on the Hot 8 Brass Band's 2013 release, Harvey is an established music producer and professional musician.  He is the owner of Nola Recording Studios in New Orleans, LA and leads Mike Harvey's Hot Club, which combines elements of gypsy jazz, Brazilian jazz, New Orleans traditional jazz, bebop, classical music, and rock'n'roll.  The group performs every Thursday evening at Bacchanal Wine Bar in the Bywater District of New Orleans. 
 
Dr. John DePriest
Banjo, Vocals
Originally from Mississippi, John Depriest studied music at Belmont University in Nashville and recently earned his PhD at Tulane University in neuro-linguistics, studying musical associations with brain and language development.  A gifted banjo player and songwriter, DePriest was a member of the Nashville based bluegrass/roots band Angus White and is a founding member of the New Orleans bluegrass/funk band Bacon. 

Stephen Randall
Percussion, Vocals
Lead singer and drummer for the Big Easy Playboys (www.bigeasyplayboys.com), Randall has been a go-to for decades for many prominent Louisiana cajun/zydeco acts. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for Best Contemporary Folk Album for his performance on Beth Patterson's "On Better Paths". Originally hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, he regularly tours the country exporting his own brand of Louisiana cultural music. You can view his other projects at www.stephenrandall.me. 

Greg Speck aka "Captain Squeeze"
Accordion, Vocals
Speck recently retired from teaching high school in Berne, NY where he raised his two sons (Nic and Alek Speck, both professional musicians) and officially made the jump to a career solely performing and producing music. Speck's band, Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers, regularly tours throughout the Northeast, though Speck has recently decided to make New Orleans his home. He began studying jazz at an early age and has spent a career arranging and experimenting on keyboard and accordion, eventually producing four fusion albums on his own GSM Record Label. Speck was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame (Upstate NY Chapter) in 2014 and given the Master of Blues and Zydeco Artist Award.
 
Dr. Josef Butts
Upright Bass
Dr. Butts is a brilliant musician with an impressive level of accreditation. Butts earned a doctorate in Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a Masters in Music degree from the University of New Orleans, and a Bachelor's of Music from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His bass performances reveal his wide breadth of musical knowledge while highlighting a level of nuance and detail specific to the great performers of jazz and classical.