05 January 2001
Boy bands, such as the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and 98 Degrees, dominate the pop music scene. Now, legendary singer Kenny Rogers is launching the career of a Country music boy band - a group called Marshall Dyllon.
Vocal quintet Marshall Dyllon was among the first acts signed to Kenny Rogers' independent label Dreamcatcher Records. The five young men who make up the group range in age from 17 to 22 years old. Early last year, they moved into a Nashville apartment and began work on their debut album, "Enjoy The Ride." The collection has received favorable reviews for its catchy tunes and bright, five-part harmonies.
The group's oldest member, Paul Martin, had co-starred in the television series "Making The Band." But, instead of joining O-Town, the pop group formed in that program, Paul jumped at the chance to head to Nashville and work with Kenny Rogers. He says, "The chemistry between the five of us, both musically and personally, has been amazing."
Marshall Dyllon took its name from Marshal Matt Dillon, a character on the television series "Gunsmoke," which ran from 1955 to 1975. Interestingly, the video for the group's current single was shot at the same location where several episodes of the television series had been filmed.
Three of the 12 songs on "Enjoy The Ride" were written by group member Todd Sansom, who recently graduated from Nashville's Belmont University. Among the producers who worked on the collection were Chris Farren, Bob DeMarco and Kenny Rogers, Junior.
Marshall Dyllon is currently promoting its debut album by opening concerts on Kenny Rogers' U.S. tour. Phil Vassar and Robert Byrne, composed the album's first single, "Live It Up."