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Gaining an impressive 64,000 hits on its first day on YouTube, San Francisco’s True Margrit have the first video, “Opposite, Opposite Man,” from The Stranger in Us, the debut feature film from writer and director Scott Boswell. In this verité-style drama, Anthony, a newcomer to San Francisco, attempts to come to terms with his abusive ex-lover when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a street hustler. The song is from the video veteran’s newest CD, The Juggler’s Progress.
As with all five of their releases to date, True Margrit takes piano-pop to new heights. Equipped with a pack of thematic inspirations including Shakespeare, mountaineering, and evolutionary destiny, True Margrit fashions brainy musings into catchy, poptastic tunes.
Based in San Francisco, True Margrit is fronted by singer/ songwriter/ piano-player (and transplanted Knoxvillian) Margrit Eichler. True Margrit’s sound is fueled by Eichler’s husky/sweet alto, her aggressive piano-playing, her surreal & infectious tunes, and by the fleet-footed rhythm-section of Gary Hobish on bass and Andrew Bacon on drums. The act has undertaken a long string of nightclub, radio, television, and in-store engagements up and down the west coast –and most recently to and from Texas for SxSW (and other adventures).
The Juggler’s Progress also features bay area guest stars—including virtuoso violin by Gloria Justen (of the Philip Glass Ensemble), lush backing vocals by Pam Delgado, and deft guitar by Jeri Jones (both of whom are in San Francisco buzz-band, Blame Sally).
True Margrit has released five recordings: PEUT-ETRE la FENETRE, SYMPATHETIC MAGIC, DECEPTIVELY TRUE, SEAWORTHY, and THE JUGGLER’s PROGRESS.