Marvin Etzioni first made his mark as bassist and songwriter in the mid-'80s for the L.A. cowpunk band Lone Justice. He left the band after one album for Geffen Records, and in 1992 released his solo debut, the quiet and affecting The Mandolin Man. Etzioni, whose material ranges from stark folk-based tunes to raw, Stones-like rockers, sprinkles his songs with bits of mandolin, accordion, harmonium, hurdy-gurdy, and violin as well as plenty of drums and electric guitar. Being a purist as well as a fan of vinyl, Marvin masters his records from analog to vinyl to digital (you can actually hear the needle drop and the tone arm go up on the CD). His second album, Bone, was recorded simultaneously with The Mandolin Man, although not released until later that year.
Etzioni, whose credits also include producing and writing for such artists as Victoria Williams, Peter Case, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and the Williams Brothers, has continued to buck current trends, and record and release records on his own terms.