I feel honoured that they accepted me." The difference between the old-fashioned, soulful world of Ardent, where Marshall felt so at home, and modern America's brutal musical requirements, was borne out as soon as she played her label the results.
"Well, that's the true sadness - the musical depression," she says, her diffidence falling suddenly away, as real anger starts to spark.
When two close friends died, she broke away again, to New York.
And, via her own shy brand of emotional nakedness, she's made a modern record that fits right in with the studio's soul-baring past. "It was like those movies where the stereo is playing, like, Lynyrd Skynyrd," she told Paper magazine, "People are on motorcycles and smoking mad dope, and little kids are running around." Falling out with her mother she moved in with her dad, before he too kicked her out, when she became a high school drop-out, aged 16.On one notorious occasion at New York's Knitting Factory, she felt a wave of fear hit her, and started to scream, till someone pulled the plug.Another time, she started shaking, and sat down amongst the sympathetic crowd.What Would the Community Think (1996) and especially Moon Pix (1998) then saw her throw off any pretence at rock music, revealing an interest in America's most deeply rooted folk forms.Moon Pix has moments of great beauty, in "Metal Heart" and "Colors and the Kids" particularly.