Marcus to Join Chris Robinson in As The Crow Flies

 
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This Spring, Marcus King will lend his incendiary guitar skills to As The Crow Flies, a newly formed outfit fronted by Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes. With a desire to breathe new life into this storied repertoire, Robinson has gathered five musicians whose musical journeys intertwine with The Black Crowes, including guitarist Audley Freed, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Andy Hess and drummer Tony Leone. Robinson, King, and company will perform music from throughout Robinson's history at a handful of select U.S. dates in Spring 2018, kicking off at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on April 17. Tickets go on-sale Friday, January 12 at 10am local time.  

2018 As The Crow Flies Tour Dates
Apr 17 at The Capital Theatre in Port Chester, NY
Apr 18 at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
Apr 19-21 at Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL
Apr 22 at Iron City in Birmingham, AL
Apr 24 at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL
Apr 25 at Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY
Apr 26 at The Signal in Chattanooga, TN
Apr 28 at The Joy Theater in New Orleans, LA
Apr 29 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
May 1 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
May 2 at Truman in Kansas City, MO
May 4 at Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA
May 6 at The Ogden Theater in Denver, CO
May 8 at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV
May 9 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
May 11 at The Fox in Oakland, CA
May 12 at Montbleu Resort in Stateline, NV
May 13 at The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR

Evening Honoring Otis Redding Planned for Jan. 25 at Apollo Theater

 
 

via Billboard

Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, the Harlem Concert will feature the Dap Kings and Aloe Blacc.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Otis Redding's hit song "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" this January, the Otis Redding Foundation is planning An Evening of Respect, a special concert event honoring the soul legend, at the Apollo Theater in New York on Jan. 25.    

"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968, and is Redding's only
top 10 hit on the chart, though he's had 29 Hot 100 hits total. It was also the first posthumous No. 1 hit on the Hot 100, as Redding died in a plane crash on Dec. 9, 1967 at age 26.   

The evening will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and feature The Dap Kings as the house band, with appearances by Aloe Blacc, Michelle Williams, Ruth B, and Nikka Costa. Other performers include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Redding's sons Otis Redding III and Dexter Redding, Warren Haynes, Marcus King, Jussie Smollett, Ty Taylor, Paul Janeway and "Dock" co-writer Steve Cropper.    

"Otis Redding is soul music," Blacc said in a statement given to Billboard. "He had an unmistakable voice that was rich with emotion. The classics he wrote stand the test of time right alongside his catalog of undeniable covers. I'm honored to sing at the Apollo Theater in tribute to this legend."    

Redding's widow Zelma Redding, who is also the president of his foundation, said she was "overjoyed that An Evening of Respect will be hosted at one of Otis’ favorite venues," adding, "He loved performing at the Apollo and was planning to return there in the Spring of '68. I have such fond memories of being there with Dexter, Karla and Otis III in early 67’, and I can't wait to get back there."

The show is being produced by JAM, Inc., Jonathan Shank for Red Light Management, and is being promoted by CEG Presents. For tickets click here.

2018 Wheels of Soul Tour

 
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The Marcus King Band has announced that they will support Tedeschi Trucks Band and The Drive-By Truckers on the "Wheels Of Soul" 2018 tour. Hailed by audiences and critics as "a champion of the summer concert season" (Cincinnati.com) and "a musically pure and soulful night of music" (Atlanta Journal Constitution), the annual summer series is loved for its incredible musicianship, stage collaborations, and unpredictable set lists. Find a full list of tour dates below.

Trucks and Tedeschi are looking forward to the unique southern flavor that The Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band will bring to this year's tour. In King, Trucks is reminded of his early days as a talented guitar player plugging away on the road. "It's been fun getting to know Marcus and watching him develop. He sat with us at the Beacon and it will be great to have a chance to collaborate more on stage over the summer". Trucks and King also collaborated on The Marcus King Band's self-titled 2016 album release, for which Trucks performed on "Self-Hatred".

King writes, "Two years ago I saw Doyle Bramhall II, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Tedeschi Trucks Band in Charlotte, NC. I felt the electricity of the show through every part of me and I said, we need to be a part of this tour. It's a blessing to be part of the energy this year!"

Tickets for the "Wheels of Soul" tour will be available for pre-sale starting tomorrow, January 9th at 10am local time and on-sale to the public for most cities this Friday, January 12th.

2018 Wheels of Soul Tour Dates
June 29 at TBD in TBD
June 30 at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL | Tickets
July 1 at Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, SC | Tickets
July 3 at Saratoga PAC in Saratoga, NY | Tickets
July 6 at The Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT | Tickets
July 7 at Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH | Tickets
July 8 at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA | Tickets
July 10 at CMAC in Canandaigua, NY | Tickets
July 11 at TBD in TBD
July 13 at Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC* | Tickets
July 15 at CMCU Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC* | Tickets
July 17 at Artpark in Buffalo, NY | Tickets
July 18 at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA | Tickets
July 20 at Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN | Tickets
July 21 at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI | Tickets
July 22 at PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH | Tickets
July 26 at Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO | Tickets
July 28 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO | Tickets
July 29 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO | Tickets

*on-sale January 13

The Marcus King Band: New Year’s Eve 2017-2018

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When deciding what to do for New Year’s Eve, the choice was simple: Widespread Panic or The Marcus King Band. Having spent the last few years with WSP, it was time for a change. This year, I thought it would be fun to ring in 2018 with one of my new favorite bands.

The Marcus King Band blows me away every time I see them. If you haven’t seen them, make it your New Year’s resolution. I braved the frigid cold and headed to the Baltimore Soundstage for a New Year’s filled with amazing music and great friends.

I saw supporting act Peoples Blues of Richmond, for the first time, this summer at the Marcus King Family Reunion Festival. It was one of the best times I had all year. I was only able to catch a few songs then, so I wasn’t able to write a full review.

My first impression of PBR’s opening set was that they are very heavy and loud. (They make a lot of noise for a 3-piece.) Their sound is very much like the Black Angels at times, while integrating Grunge and Punk Rock aesthetics with Irish-Folk (like Flogging Molly). Wielding his Gibson SG like a primitive barbaric weapon, the guitar solos were impressive. Seeming to be straight out of the Jimi Hendrix songbook, they would even cover “Manic Depression,” solidifying this impression.

PBR is an eclectic and original band with comedic overtones and vagabond lyricism that accentuates the underbelly of American society itself. I preferred their high-energy, blues trio stuff: heavy, fast and to the point. The Baltimore Soundstage itself was an adequate venue for this performance with decent sound.

As soon as The Marcus King Band took the stage, all of 2017’s troubles and worries seemed to melt away. I was completely lost in the music and from that point, had no sense of time or space. The band came out swinging with a high-energy live performance that included a genre shattering set list. “Good Man,” “Ain’t Nothing Wrong,” and “Dear Prudence” highlighted the beginning of the show. MKB is on-point in every aspect musically, each player bringing their best to the stage and leaving it in the audience’s memories. At one point, a gentleman beside me began to tear up because the music was so profound. This was his first MKB show, and this is the true power of music.

The Marcus King Band pushes the limits of improvisation with a ferocious intensity, like a lion released from its cage in the depths of some Gladiatorial arena. Accentuating every stop and break within each musical change, progression and divergence. Each member has grown closer together and as a musical unit. This band has matured exponentially since I first saw them at Rooster Walk Music Festival this past summer. Learning some great new tunes and the addition of keyboardist DeShawn (D’vibes) Alexander have pushed the intensity of this bands sound even further. I cannot think of a better musician to join this band. Marcus and DeShawn have a musical connection that is palpable and that juxtaposes each other’s unique musical abilities.

The Marcus King Band would cover numerous Allman Brothers songs including “Dreams” and “One Way Out.” The crescendos and build-ups are on par with any of the hard-hitting Jam bands in the scene today. They can take you to that moment where you feel like the roof could explode off the entire building. Marcus would serenade the audience with a few acoustic solo tunes, including a brand new song that I’d like to hear again. The band returned to the stage for “Rita Is Gone” and then began one of the greatest medleys I have ever heard in my entire life.

As many of you may know, I am an extreme Frank Zappa fan, and it just so happens, so is Marcus. When last we met, we discussed the possibility of MKB covering some Zappa, and I was pleasantly surprised when Marcus pointed my way and began this medley with Zappa’s “Eat That Question” from the seminal album, ‘The Grand Wazoo.’ Serendipitously, one of my favorite Zappa albums which I’ve had on heavy rotation for the past few months. This medley would go on to include Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs” and even the short hook from Salt-N-Pepa‘s “Push It.” I am still blown away by that Zappa cover and want to personally thank Marcus and the entire band for starting my 2018 off with such a perfect song selection. When I woke up New Year’s Day, I thought it was only proper that I pay my respects by visiting the Zappa statue/bust on Frank Zappa Way in Baltimore. I truly hope that MKB keeps “Eat That Question” in their repertoire from here on out.

The Marcus King Band would close out the night with “Virginia” bringing in 2018 with one of my favorite songs from this band. MKB has quickly climbed the Jam Band ladder for me and are competing with some of my favorites with raw, energetic, and pure improvisational live performances. In 2017, I made it my mission to see almost every up-and-coming Jam Band in the scene. Marcus King takes the number one spot easily; he and his band have more musical competency and improvisational qualities than any other band out there. I am extremely glad I decided to see them this New Year’s Eve. This may become an ongoing tradition, but let’s hope that MKB decides to play somewhere in the South next year. I’m already ready for warmer weather.

Happy New Year!

–Jam Band Purist

The 20 Best Paste Studio Sessions of 2017

Paste recorded more than 500 unique performances in our New York Studio during 2017, showcasing just about every kind of music in the process. Some of our artists were legends, like Taj Mahal, Bill Frisell and Steve Martin, who brought their devoted audiences to us. Others were baby bands seeking an introduction to the listening public. In every case, our Midtown recording library, with its perimeter of concert master tapes going back over 60 years, helped coax inspired performances from singer-songwriters and 10-piece Afro-jazz orchestras alike—well over 1,000 musicians in all. Choosing our favorite Paste Studio sessions was obviously a difficult, painful process, with spirited debate shifting into outright argument as we narrowed them down. Here are the 20 that stood out in our collective memory.

4. The Marcus King Band

Feb. 27
This South Carolina-born guitarist and singer was raised on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father, bluesman Marvin King. At age 21, he’s basically a veteran, leading his band through psych-inflected, horn-happy soundscapes of jazz and deep-fried vocals reminiscent of a young Gregg Allman. At Paste, King and the gang cooked the whole menu, running through a killer jazz instrumental (“Thespian Espionage”), a countrified acoustic shuffle (“Sorry ‘Bout Your Lover”) and an inflamed slow-blues (“Rita Is Gone”). King’s double-threat guitar skills and vocal depth augur a long career of insane performances like this one. —Matthew Oshinsky

Ask The Marcus King Band!

We're starting a new feature over here on the site where you can ask the band anything you'd like. Just fill out the form at the end of this page to ask your question(s)!


Anthony M. Asks: Jack - fellow drummer here. Very impressed with your style and performance. For example, your drumming on Radio Soldier is no joke - nice work! Was just wondering where you studied drums, took lessons, self-taught, etc. Could listen to you guys all day - best band to come around in a long time. Looking forward to checking you out in NYC tonight.

I studied with Jeff Sipe for a short stint about two years ago. I'm a huge fan of Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham, Richie Hayward, Vinnie Colaiuta, Buddy Rich etc. and I love all things funky or jazzy. I was in my high school jazz band and had three teachers on and off from age 12 to 17. Mostly self taught otherwise. 

Thanks
Jack


Tony R. Asks: Hey Marcus, Love the band and your albums. Hey, do you use strap locks, if so what type Dunlop, etc...?

Hey Tony! I do not use strap locks. I always use one Strap for a gig and I like to be able to get it off and on rather quickly, changing straps usually results in my hat getting knocked off haha. Thanks for listening -MK

 

 

Pete C. Asks: Hi Marcus-- Pete from Chicago here. You've had the chance to befriend and jam with many of your guitar playing heroes/influences, which must be very surreal sometimes. My question: If you could spend a day chilling and playing guitar with one guitarist that isn't living-- who would it be? 

PS- when can we expect the new record to come out? Can't wait!

Hey Pete! Duane Allman would be my answer ! Hoping for a late summer release ! 

 

 

Gus B. Asks: What's up Marcus? Hope everyone's doing well in the band. I'm looking forward to catching y'all in ATL. I've been trying to practice as much guitar as I can and trying to branch out to other types of musicians like Scofield, McLaughlin, Sonny Rollins and others to help work on finding my own tone. I was wondering what was the most effective thing for you on trying to find your own voice on the guitar and what some good practicing techniques would be.

Hey Gus! I found it helpful to seek knowledge from anything. Mostly vocalists like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding & James Brown. I spent time trying to emulate the vocal runs they were doing by applying them to guitar. Making your guitar an extension of your voice. I find it important to be so familiar with the neck that you can. So you can express yourself through that as well as through your voice. 

 

 

Colby M. Asks: What’s goin on MKB! I am a huge fan of y’all’s music and try to see y’all every chance i get . I love the vibe your music puts out and the style in which y’all play it, keep it up! My question is, I recently saw y’all perform at the Georgia theater in Athens And after the show I asked one of the rogue as to hand me one of your picks and I noticed it was a Dunlop jazz III pick and I was curious if you always use those picks or if you only use them for certain songs? Also wanted to know where you got your influences from for your style and technique used in your guitar playing and solos? Thanks brother


Hey Colby! Thanks for reaching out. I've been using Jazz III picks for a while. They work best for me. Jimmy herring, Derek trucks, Warren haynes, John McLaughlin.. to name a few! 

 

 

Casey D Asks: Hey Marcus! Big, big fan of yours and the band. I have been listening to the Due North EP nonstop lately but I’m having trouble playing along with Slip Back. I know I’m close on the chords but something doesn’t quite match. I’m hoping you could shed some light on it for me!

Hey Casey! MK here. Thanks so much for digging on the EP! That tune is basically

Verse: G7, B-7, C7.. Dsus (cmajor with  D on the base) 

Bridge (during SAX solo) G7, F-7, E dominant, A7 (Cmaj with D in the base)
 

 

 

James M. Asks: What's up with your red shoes? You wear them all the time tell us about them.

Hey man. I like my shoes to match my guitar. That's pretty much it haha.

 

 

Peter M. Asks: Great to see you coming up to Canada in September. How do you find the audience in Canada compared to the States? I understand Japan was awesome for the band - what makes a great crowd? Looking forward to seeing you in Toronto.

We love Canada crowds. We find in the states sometimes people are a little closed off to The vibe we're trying to offer. Canadian crowds reciprocate a lot louder! 

 

 

Josh V. Asks: Virginia has that straightforward guitar driven groove. (or "the bounce" as I like to call it) Are you using the super reverb on the album? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like Warren is using a late 60's plexi? Tonally he sounds damn near identical to Mr. Reverend Willie G. Keep on keepin on

Josh! Hey man, MK Here. Thanks for digging on the record. Warren was playing through a late 60s plexi . Good ear my friend. And I was using a Super reverb with a Marshall and a mid 60s  Supro all in stereo

 

 

Glen S. Asks: You are stranded forever on a deserted island with only 3 albums. Which ones?

Mahavishnu orchestra: birds of fire

King Crimson: in the court of the crimson king

BB King: live at the regal

 

 

Andrew K. Asks: Hi, just wondering if anyone in the band has started a little collection of anything while doing so much traveling around. Kind of a random question, but just wanted to know.

Haha well. Dean and I have been collecting Hotel Room keys and show laminates. Jack and Stephen collect VHS tapes

 

 

Tyler C. Asks:  Hey guys, I'm a huge fan of your music, and lately of Thespian Espionage in particular. I've been trying to learn it on guitar, but I'm having a hard time picking up the chord progression by ear, especially the jam in the middle. Would you be able share those chords? I'd really appreciate it. Either way, can't wait for you guys to come around to CT again!

Hey Tyler. The improvisational section is a pattern of chords based around the key of C minor

C-7 (8 bars)
F-7. Eflat maj 7 , F-7,  Aflat maj. 7
C-7 (4 bars)
F-7, G-7, A flat maj. 7, G-7 (Repeat 2x)

 

 

Keith T Asks: Hi Marcus, I'm a 65 year young fan. Love your music and the styles you deliver. Started playing guitar at an older age. Played in a local blues band in NJ for a few years recently. I am hooked on your song Rita is Gone, specifically the versions you jam on . Not sure what you can or would share, but it would be great if you could provide the chords. I think it's in some sort of Dm mode but your changes have a unique sound so a mix of what sounds like some diminished or Maj7's in there, but I may be way off. Would appreciate what you can share. It would be great in a jam with some other musicians I am trying to get together. Would also be willing to purchase in copyrighted sheet music if necessary.
Thanks and all my best for your success.

Hey Keith! Really happy to hear you dig the tune. 

Verse: Dminor, C7, Bflat Major 7

Chorus: G minor7, C7, Fminor7, B flat major 7
G-7, A-7, B flat major 7, C7 (A flat 13, G7)

 

 

Isy H. Asks: Just wanted to ask where (and if) can I buy a guitar strap like the one Marcus is using (with the big ring)?

I had that particular strap made when I was 11 years old. I have tried to contact the leathersmith responsible since then but haven't heard anything back. I do know it was called leathersmith by Liz in Easley SC. Moody Leather makes all of my other straps. 

 

 

Benny B. Asks: What do you set the knobs on your TS9 ? I have the same amp you use My TS9 is a keeley mod plus . Would there be any difference?

Hey benny! Depending on the size of the venue I adjust the gain. Usually. The amp is cranked to 10 tube screamer gain is at noon. Volume is at 7 o'clock . 

 

 

Patricia R. Asks: That hat is your trademark! Did you buy that or did someone pick that out for you! Not everyone can pull that look off but you do and very well! Love the feathers trailing in back!

Hey Patricia ! I got my hat at high mountain outfitters in Denver CO

 

 

Gustavo R. Asks: Hello, Marcus, how are you? Would you like to know what your favorite Ibanez TS9 configuration is and whether your wah pedal is Standard (GCB-95) or Classic (GCB-95F)? Thank you!

Gustavo, hey brother! Using a standard TS9 and Standard Cry baby wah

 

 

Mike M. Asks: Your FREDDIE KING" ripen it up clone action...was that on purpose??? KILLER cant wait to see you again/will bring 1000 of my closest friends!!!

Hey Mike! It was greeting meeting you both! We always love covering Freddie King Tunes, We try to go with whatever vibe is in the room and Freddies spirit happened to be in the air that night! Looking forward to the next one. Talk soon - MK

 

 

Richard A. Asks: HI Jack, fellow drummer down here in Texas. I play a similar setup to yours, but couldn't find any details online. Im curious what your primary kit is, what heads you use and what cymbals. Rock on.

Hey rich! 
Are you referring to what I play live? Or what you heard on the album? 

I've been touring with my Noble & Cooley CD maple kit since august of 2016. It's a 5 piece kit. 
Bass drum: 24x14
Rack tom: 13x9
Floor toms: 16x14 18x16
Snare: 7x14 Solid shell maple has been my main girl. 
I also have a 6ply walnut 6.5x14 and a solid shell beech wood 7x14. All noble  & Cooley. 
I use Evans coated G1 heads on the snare and toms (no moon gels or any muffling) 
I usually just use an emad for the bass drum.  

Cymbals all zildjan: hi hat 14" kerope (heavy on top) 
19" kerope (hi hat side)
22" k custom medium ride
20" k custom hybrid ride (tilted to the right of the main ride, used as more of a crash) 

If you saw any of the old videos where I'm playing a blue sparkle kit, those are my slingerlands. Late 70's pretty much exact same set up as my noble & cooleys (only difference is the first floor tom is 16x16). 

I hope that answered you're questions, ask away if you want to know more. 
Thanks for reaching out! 

 

 

James F. Asks: Marcus - I LOVE your tone. What model and year is your SG and what P90s are you using? Thank you. See you in NYC!

Hey James! My SG is an early 70s model with mini humbuckers, I use a tubescreamer TS9 and a 65 Fender super reverb amp with a cry baby wah! We'll see you in NYC brother.. Cheers-MK

 

 

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Marcus King Added to Otis Redding Tribute at the Apollo Theater

 
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On January 25, New York’s famed Apollo Theater will host a special tribute to late legend Otis Redding featuring house band The Dap-Kings and hostess Whoopi Goldberg, and more special guests have been added to the bill, including guitarists and vocalists Warren Haynes and Marcus King.

Dubbed An Evening of Respect, the event will honor the iconic vocalist, along with the 50th anniversary of his ubiquitous hit “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” which Redding co-wrote with guitarist Steve Cropper and released in 1967, while benefitting The Otis Redding Foundation. The night’s special guests include artists that worked with Redding and those that have been influenced by his work. So far, the event is set to also include appearances from Otis Redding III, Dexter Redding, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Ty Taylor, with more to be added.

Tickets for An Evening of Respect are available here.