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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, Lead 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 began Nola County in 2010 in an effort to experiment with his songwriting and continue his personal musical growth by working with professional musicians in the New Orleans area. 

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 bandleader of Courtyard Kings, founded in 2005.  Courtyard Kings have become a staple of the New Orleans underground jazz scene, reinventing popular and less known standards and combining elements of gypsy jazz, Brazilian jazz, New Orleans traditional jazz, bebop, classical music, and rock'n'roll.  Courtyard Kings have held a weekly Thursday night gig for over five years at the popular Bachanal Wine Bar in the Bywater District of New Orleans. 
 
John DePriest
Banjo, Vocals
Originally from Mississippi, John Depriest studied music at Belmont University in Nashville and is now a PhD candidate 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. 

James Clark
Percussion
Clark has been a versatile and consistent professional drummer in the New Orleans music scene for over a decade.  Besides working with Nola County and backing various other acts in the region, Clark recently produced his first solo album "Shadows" which received stellar reviews, including one from OffBeat Magazine citing his beats as "positively martial" and the album as "bold...splitting the difference between jazz fusion, prog-rock lite, and your darker sort of movie soundtrack."  You can visit his solo page by clicking here.  

Greg Speck aka "Captain Squeeze"
Accordion, Vocals
Recently retired from teaching high school in Berne, NY, Speck has officially made the jump to a career solely of performing and producing as a professional musician. 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. He currently runs Stonewall Studio in Rensselaerville, NY.

Kevin Lurkins
Trumpet, Vocals 
A heartfelt trumpeteer, Lurkins has made a noticeable emergence on the Frenchman live music scene performing with Dana Abbott and several other staples of the New Orleans musical landscape.  Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Lurkins studied music  at University of Tennessee at Martin and currently lives in New Orleans, LA.

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.  Though young and still widely "undiscovered" his style is surprisingly seasoned.  After a strong contribution to backup vocals in Nola County's Human Heartland, Carmody has become a regular contributor to live performances and plans to continue working with the band in future studio endeavors.