Marley's Ghost (band)

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Marley's Ghost
Genres Folk music, gospel music, country music, bluegrass music
Years active 1986 (1986)–present
Labels Sage Arts
Members Mike Phelan
Ed Littlefield Jr.
Dan Wheetman
Jon Wilcox
Jerry Fletcher

Marley's Ghost is a band based in Northern California which has existed since the mid-1980s and has recorded 12 albums. While their music has a strong bluegrass emphasis, their musical style is diverse. Paste magazine has described them as "a decidedly unusual band, as capable of reanimating Appalachian folk songs as they are traditional Celtic fare, honky tonk and reggae."[1]


Wheetman, Wilcox and Phelan met in March 1986 in the San Fernando Valley during St. Patrick's Day shows. That winter, Wheetman went to Littlefield's studio to record a solo album, bringing Wilcox and Phelan. They ended up recording the first three Marley’s Ghost albums before completing Wheetman's solo album.[2]


In 2006, Van Dyke Parks produced Spooked, and artist Robert Crumb created the album cover. Guests included Bill Frisell (guitar), Buell Neidlinger (bass), and Don Heffington (drums).[3]

Released in 2012, Jubilee was produced by Cowboy Jack Clement, and includes performances by Emmylou Harris and John Prine.[4]

2017's The Woodstock Sessions was recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, New York. Larry Campbell produced this album of mostly traditional music.[5]


Their personnel as of 2009 are


  • 1987: Haunting Melodies (Sage Arts)
  • 1989: Let De Groove Rise Up (Sage Arts) - remixed and remastered in 2005
  • 1991: Ghost Country (Sage Arts)
  • 1992: How Can I Keep From Singing: Gospel (Sage Arts)
  • 1996: Four Spacious Guys (Sage Arts)
  • 1998: Across the River (Sage Arts)
  • 2001: Live at the Freight (Sage Arts)
  • 2006: Ghost Country (Sage Arts)
  • 2006: Spooked (Sage Arts)
  • 2010: Ghost Town (Sage Arts)
  • 2012: Jubilee (Sage Arts)
  • 2016: The Woodstock Session (Sage Arts)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ Joel Selvin. "Marley's Ghost". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Marley's Ghost Taps Van Dyke Parks". antiMUSIC. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ Spoerl, Steven (12 August 2012). "Marley's Ghost: Jubilee". Popmatters. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ Rhodes, Mick (August 17, 2016). "Marley's Ghost brings eclectic mix to Claremont". Claremont Courier. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 

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