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Philadelphia's eclectic, rootsy rock quartet Marah consists of singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjoist David Bielanko, guitarist/vocalist/harmonica player Serge Bielanko, bassist Danny Metz, and drummer Ronnie Vance. Dave Bielanko, Metz, and Vance formed the group in 1993; brother Serge was so impressed with their sound that he wanted to join Marah, which he did in 1995. The band found an unofficial fifth member in producer/engineer Paul Smith, who was similarly taken with Marah's Replacements-meets-Springsteen style when he engineered their sound at some of their shows. Smith and the group recorded some tracks in 1997 that made their way to Blue Mountain's Cary Hudson, who released them early in 1998 as the album Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later on Tonight on his Black Dog label. Both the album and their performance at that year's South by Southwest Music Conference were hailed by prominent artists and critics, including Rolling Stone's David Fricke and Steve Earle. Earle asked Marah to record for his label, E-Squared, and the results, Kids in Philly, was co-released by E-Squared and Artemis Records in 2000. Two years later, Marah released their third album, Float Away with the Friday Night Gods, which featured the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, on backing vocals on one track. By the time of 2004's 20,000 Streets Under the Sky, the group had moved to Yep Roc and picked up Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums. For the next album, the brothers Bielanko decided to record quickly and loosely, trying to capture the intensity and abandon of their live set. With the help of Kirk Henderson on bass and various keyboards, Mike Brenner on stringed instruments galore, and Wurster and Dave Peterson on drums, If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry was a rambling, loose, and brilliant record that landed on many critics' best-of-the-year lists and won the group some big-name fans like writers Nick Hornby and Stephen King. The band also released a holiday record, A Christmas Kind of Town, at the same time. For the tour that followed the album's releases, the band solidified with Serge and David leading the way with support from Adam Garbinski on guitar, Peterson on drums, and Henderson on bass and keyboards. ~ Heather Phares & Tim Sendra
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Albums by
Marah

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    11 songs

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    Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania

    20 songs

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    A Christmas Kind of Town

    12 songs

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    If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry

    19 songs

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    Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later on Tonight [Bonus Tracks]

    11 songs

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    20,000 Streets Under the Sky

    34 songs

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    Sooner or Later in Spain

    11 songs

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    Kids in Philly

    11 songs

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    Angels of Destruction!

    10 songs

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    Float Away with the Friday Night Gods

    13 songs

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    Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later on Tonight

    6 songs

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    Counting the Days


Top Songs by
Marah

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  2.   Holly Jolly Christmas
  3.   Silver Bells
  4.   Barstool Boys
  5.   New York Is a Christmas Kind of Town
  6.   Here We Come a Wassailing (#3)
  7.   The Falling of the Pine
  8.   For the Price of a $ong
  9.   Christmas Time Is Here
  10.   Rattlesnake
  11.   Mountain Minstrelsy
  12.   Christian St.
  13.   Intro - Curtain Rises
  14.   Soda
  15.   The Hustle
  16.   Feather Boa
  17.   The Old Riverman's Regret
  18.   Ten Centes at the Gate
  19.   Baby Love
  20.   East
  21.   Phantom Eyes
  22.   Sooner Or Later
  23.   Faraway You
  24.   Luliana
  25.   It's Only Money, Tyrone
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Marah

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    A Very Rockin Misfit Christmas

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    Hipster Holiday

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    Dylan's Offspring

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    Bruce Springsteen: DNA

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    Eclectic Holiday

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    Adult Chill

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    Rock The Halls


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