We call our style of music.... "Marshgrass". Chip Blackwell, lead guitarist and lead vocalist, grew up in Kentucky and learned by listening and watching Bill Monroe, Kenny Baker and Doc Watson. This particular style of music evolved after moving to the Eastern Shore of Delmarva and living near the salt marshes of the Atlantic Ocean. Chip, who resides in Oak Hall, Virginia, has played with such music legends as Charlie Byrd in Annapolis in the 1980's. He is well grounded in Rock, Jazz, Folk and Country guitar styles. Blue Marsh has opened concerts for well known acts such as Charlie Sizemore http://www.chincoteague-island.net/news/2009/07/12/charlie-sizemore-band-at-the-chincoteague-center-august-14/ , Darin Beachley and Bill Yates of the Country Gentleman. He has sung lead and provided the music for musical plays with famous playwright and poet Robert P. Arthur http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_P._Arthur who is known for "Hymn to the Chesapeake". One song from the play by Robert P. Arthur "Roses So Red and Lilies So Fair" which was co-written by Chip Blackwell (music) and famous Virginia poet Ed Lull (words) was nominated for consideration as the new Virginia State Song to replace "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny". This was written as part of a grant from the Governor's Office to perform the musical play by Robert P. Arthur for the Virginia Poetry Society and was first performed in Williamsburg Virginia in May 2009. Chip plays a handmade Tom Taylor guitar http://www.solidrockguitarco.com/ and a Howard Roberts model Gibson.