May 11, 2016 in News

Music Sunday Concert – May 22, 2016 (Worcester MA)

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A family-friendly concert featuring The Marshall Pass, Emily Rose on harp, Anne Arsenault on piano, and the Hadwen Park Choir. Free lunch offered beforehand, as well as our annual Music Sunday service, designed around our love and gratitude for the power of music.

May 22, 2016 12PM
Hadwen Park Congregational Church
Clover St., Worcester MA

April 30, 2015 in Press

Track of the Week at Redline Roots



You can head over to Duncan Arsenault’s musical bloggings page to read up on the whole story behind this song, but fair warning, I broke down into tears and sobbed like a baby when I did. Hint: its about his dead dog. Dude, you just ripped my heart out.

Featuring a slew of his super talented pals (including Jeremy and Brooks from the super groovy The Curtis Mayflower), this is a great tune with a lot of heart and that Springsteen-esque hollow harmonica thing going on. It adds to the sense of yearning and longing for something lost.

Textures and building is all I can say. Picking of the dobro, the keys, the vocals and harmonies. Its just a giant, wonderful, pile of excellently recorded and played parts.

Very cool stuff here. The song very successfully represents this space inbetween emotions. Bittersweet. You can’t really call it a sad song or a happy song, it just kind of is there for the consumption. And consume I shall.

Cheers to Duncan Arsenault for pulling this tune together. Great stuff as always.

Thank you Redline Roots! – Duncan and Craig

April 12, 2015 in Press

Song to Get You Through the Week – Maggie


The most unconventional thing about the Marshall Pass’s new single, “Maggie,” may be the simplest: It’s about a mother coming home. You’d think that wouldn’t be a big deal, but there it is: One’s hard-pressed to think of any other songs that revolve around the idea of a mother returning to her husband and child after an absence.

There are tons of “I’m” coming home, and “he’s” coming home, and lots and lots of “she’s leaving” (although those are usually wives or lovers, and I can’t think of any identified explicitly as mothers, although there’s probably some country song out there that fits the bill).


No, it’s an odd little detail, but it sticks with you once you notice. “It’s been so long since I’ve seen her smile,” sings vocalist Craig Rawding, in a gentle, wistful voice that whispers to absence but not necessarily trauma. “It’s been so long since I’ve walked a moonlit mile with my baby/She’s coming home where she belongs.”

The song is at least partially addressed to a child, which would temper any negativity, but the gentleness in the tone seems to imply that it’s not a case of the persona’s wife leaving him over relationship issues. Has she been hospitalized? Was she deployed to Afghanistan? Was she on a business trip to Pacoima? We don’t know, and that’s kind of awesome.

Here’s the thing: Mothers in most songs don’t leave. They may DIE, but they never go anywhere. They’re waiting at home while their significant others come back from the war, or the bar, or work. That this doesn’t really jibe with reality is beside the point. This woman’s story is a mystery, but in one small little stroke, the Marshall Pass has informed the listener that she HAS one.

As for the rest, it’s a pretty little song. The band — which comprises Rawding on vocals and harmonica, Duncan Arsenault on guitar, Brooks Milgate on piano, Jeremy Moses Curtis on upright bass, Roger Lavallee on electric guitar and Annie Arsenault on accompanying vocals — brings a lot of firepower to create something so delicate. Each contribution to the song is small, almost understated, and the result is just lovely. Everything plays well together: It all melds to a gorgeous little clockwork, one that pulses with a genuine sense of wistfulness, absence and love.

As with the song’s very premise, the band makes use of small things to create something far more substantial than it seems at first glance.

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April 5, 2015 in News

New Music “Maggie” Available Now!


The new single “Maggie” is available now. Craig and Duncan had a few talented friends join them on the recording of this one. Jeremy Moses Curtis on the upright bass, Brooks Milgate on piano, Roger Lavallee on electric guitar and Annie Arsenault on backing vocals. We wanted to release this song on this day to commemorate the passing of our dear friend Scott Ricciuti. We hope that you enjoy it, thank you for listening.


May 26, 2014 in Press

Farce The Music reviews Phantom Train

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“Phantom Train recalls the lush textures of early Sun Kil Moon and the bluesy vocals of the Allman Brothers. Pass’ sound is a warm mix of folk, rock and blues with an authentic twang that would make one think these guys hail from central Georgia, rather than Massachusetts. Everything about the EP sounds organic and unforced.”

October 22, 2013 in Press

Foxbeard Music on Phantom Train

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The Marshall Pass is based out of Worcester, a small city in central Massachusetts. Written and performed solely in a home studio, their albumPhantom Train is packed full of authenticity and realism. A seven song tribute to the passing of fellow band member Scott Ricciuti, and a very worthy tribute it is.

Modern-folk with plenty of Appalachian and Western sounds to send you back in time. Song after song Phantom Train blasts through an Americana landscape flooded with emotions of loss, and heartache. Even with such powerful imagery the album employs, it’s hard to believe these songs have never been played live.

Q&A: What’s the story behind Phantom Train?

I was writing instrumental songs to contribute to Scott Ricciuti. We had a band called Pistol Whipped I played drums in. The songs that would become Abilene and Stranded In Perdition were instrumentals that I gave to Scott to do with what he wanted. In April of 2012 Scott died in a car accident. This was devastating to me and many others, including Craig Rawding. Craig was at my house shortly after and I played him these instrumentals. He asked if he could take them and came back shortly after with the lyrics and melodies. From that point on we started using this method of songwriting and wrote the rest of the album this same way. I would write the music and when it was nearly done, I would send it to Craig. It was a way for us to grieve and pay our respect to Scott.

How long did it take you and Craig to put this album together?

Duncan: Throughout the summer and fall of 2012 we wrote and recorded these songs in my home studio. We live a few miles apart and would get together for a few hours here and there with no clear goal beyond making the music. It was good therapy. After we had about five songs, we started talking about releasing it and giving it a name. Around this time I was reading some American Folklore and came across the story of the Phantom Train of Marshall Pass. I shared this story with Craig and we felt the name suited the music.

Any plans on performing Phantom Train live?

We just booked our first performance in our hometown at the Worcester Art Museum on November 10. We’re having Jon Short and Jeff Burch play with us to round out the sound. Jon, Jeff and I play in a band called Big Eyed Rabbit and Jeff was the bassist in Pistol Whipped.

Every song on the album is great, but what songs really stand out to you and why?

Thank you. I wrote these songs without melodies or lyrics in mind and because of that I am always fascinated with how they were transformed by Craig’s vocals. When he came to sing Blue And Gray the first time, I never imagined it sounding that way. Now I can’t imagine it any other way, but I remember feeling incredibly fortunate to be working with him. I feel that way still.

Anything planned for the future? 
Craig and I are in a band called The Curtis Mayflower who are releasing their first two albums in early 2014 so we will be busy with that. I have a handful of demos that we are working with, and plan on recording and releasing a new The Marshall Pass album in 2014.

June 14, 2013 in Press

Grooveflash on Phantom Train

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“With traditional Appalachian and Western sounds blended with modern folk and country, The Marshall Pass has delivered a worthy first effort with Phantom Train. Only seven songs long, the disc has all the required imagery of the Old West – trains, guns,and graveyards as well as the more eternal emotional themes of loss, leaving and heartache.”

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March 13, 2013 in Press

Red Line Roots on Phantom Train

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“I have been extremely lucky in the music that has been sent to me thus far. I have heard some new bands that I dug, I have been given the opportunity to review local bands I know and love, and in the case of The Marshall Pass, I get to review a band that made me say “Holy sh*t that is some great music”.

Never before, have I heard a somewhat somber, sorrowful sounding record with so many colors and deep levels to it. I don’t know the band personally, but after listening to the record I feel a personal connection to the gents. From what I gather the back story of the project was in memoriam to a lost friend. The entire record illustrates that very well. Each and every note and part is artistically and professionally placed. Craig Rawding’s vocals are just enough, not too much, but still have that “this guy is a pro” sound to them, this is something that Nashville should be paying attention to and take note. Mixed with the plethora of instruments Duncan Arsenault adds to the mix creates a palate of loss, distress, and the hopefulness that maybe things will get better. They have to, right?…”

Read the full article here

February 22, 2013 in Press

Ten Miles on Phantom Train

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Ten Miles has a nice review of Phantom Train. Check it out at

January 11, 2013 in Press

Interview with Combustus 13

Craig Rawding and Duncan Arsenault photo: Ted Theodore

Deanna Elaine Piowaty: It usually takes me a few listens before I allow myself to become fully seduced by a new artist, but “Phantom Train” got me from the very first song. There is an intimacy here, an authenticity. One gets the feeling that your music is as much a gift for yourselves as it is for your fans.

Duncan Arsenault (instrumentals): We didn’t set out to create a particular vibe. The songs began to take shape and they naturally sounded the way that they do. Our only goal was to write and capture the mood we were in. Listening to music always takes me someplace and writing these songs was a way of creating someplace new for my mind to go. If listeners go to a similar place, that is great, but as long as they go somewhere, I’m happy.

Read the full interview here