Marques Morel is a Midwestern American singer/songwriter, guitarist/harmonica-wailer, street-performer/wandering minstrel, woodcutter/woodworker, poet/author, and a friend to all.
Originally from the Illinois corn country, Marques has performed everywhere from big city street corners around the world, to county fairs and festivals, hole-in-the-wall bars, listening rooms, and theaters. He has shared the stage with notable artists such as Charlie Parr, Arlo McKinley, The Hooten Hallers, Lillie Mae, and Jared Nieman to name a few.
With roots running deep in the music of old America, Morel's sound is thick with the nostalgic elements of vintage country, delta blues, dust bowl folk and the Texas Troubadour tradition. His interpretations of namesakes such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Townes Van Zandt and Colter Wall are unique and refreshing, while his original music feels humble and familiar in its lyricism and relatability.
Known for his intense and infectious energy on stage and his gritty songwriting and delivery, Marques Morel has been described by fans and critics as "rustic and raw," "guts on the floor," and "wild, happy, dark and sad." He will be found performing either as a one man show accompanied only by his old guitar, harmonica on the rack, and makeshift kick drum, or with his dynamically spirited band of characters who are known collectively as "The Midnight Wind."
Almost a decade since his last solo release, "Searchin' for America Vol. 1," in March Marques released his new LP, "Trail of the Ghost," due out in March of 2021. "Trail of the Ghost" is an intimate portrait of a haunted man as he wanders the old and the new American west. Rich with harrowing personal tales of his own quest and encounters with the ghosts of iconic figureheads such as Woody Guthrie, Jack Kerouac, Crazy Horse and Geronimo, Morel's upcoming record is a journey in itself and well worth the walk.