Marcus King gaining international respect, ready to ‘knock the door down’ with soulful, guitar-driven fire

 
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The Marcus King Band plays Kalamazoo’s State Theatre on Thursday, part of the group’s ceaseless touring as it builds its fan base and impresses critics with its frontman’s eye-popping musicianship.

For a long time, blues guitarist Marcus King heard this: “You sound really great for a 14-year-old or a 15-year old.”

“Now it’s kind of stopped, I always sort of wondered when it would,” says the 22-year old phenom who just wrapped up a tour with Chris Robinson’s As the Crow Flies and is now back out on the road with his own much heralded project, The Marcus King Band. “People are just respecting the music for what it is now. That’s all I really ever wanted.”

King, who will be headlining a concert at Kalamazoo’s State Theater on Thursday (May 24) with teenage up-and-comer Erin Coburn opening, has turned enough heads with his playing and soulful voice since bursting onto the national scene that the label has sort of shed itself; the respect has poured in from every direction.

By the age of 20 he already had two full-length albums, “Soul Insight” and “The Marcus King Band” (both produced by Warren Haynes of Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule), crack the Top 10 on the Billboard Blues chart, with his sophomore release reaching No. 2. After releasing the “Due North” EP last fall, he will put out his third full-length, “Carolina Confessions,” this September.

Recorded in Nashville by Dave Cobb (Zac Brown Band, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile and Sturgill Simpson) the new album is sort of “a breakup story, about having your hometown taken away from you and seeking the feeling of home anywhere you can find it,” King describes. “A lot of it has to do with leaving the nest.”

King, who hasn’t spent more than two weeks at a time in his Greenville, S.C., nest over the past three or four years, has toured relentlessly. Playing marquee venues across the country as well as heading to Europe a couple of times a year, he has made festival appearances at Wanee, Lockn’ and the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and even launched his own festival last fall, The Marcus King Band Family Reunion, featuring acts such as Blackberry Smoke and George Porter Jr.

RATHER BE PLAYING GUITAR THAN MOVING MANNEQUINS

Raised in a family of musicians, King knew early on that this was the path for him.

“When I was in sixth grade I took this quiz that kind of tells you what you are going to be when you get older,” he laughingly recalls. “(It said) I was going to be one of those people that rearranges the mannequins at the mall, which I’m sure is a fine line of work, but I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that,’ and I told my teacher I wanted to play music professionally. And they said, ‘You’re going to have to be pretty good to do that.’ So I said, ‘Oh? well maybe I’ll try to be good then.’ They had never even seen me play.”

At the tender age of 11 Marcus was already sharing the stage with his dad, Marvin King, at prominent Greensville venues and wowing crowd after crowd with his intricate playing and showmanship.

“I was really fortunate to grow up in an environment where there was always a guitar around,” King says. “My dad and my grandfather and both of my uncles played, my great-grandfather played fiddle, my great uncles played banjos and fiddles and guitar. There was always something happening around me and it was such an incredible thing for me as a kid seeing people express themselves musically like that.

“My dad spent most of his life on the road and I think he knew, just like I did, from a very young age that this is what he was going to be doing … I didn’t get ‘Hansel and Gretel’ bedtime stories. I got a lot of road stories and was told about a lot of things to look out for, warnings, red flags.”

A high school dropout (who later earned his GED), King was practically living on the road by age 16 and continued to raise his profile. He recently opened up for Umphrey’s McGee at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo and has made stops over the last few years at places such as The Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill and Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids as well as The Foundry in Jackson.

“We’re just gonna keep fighting and keep working and knocking on as many doors as we can and if they don’t answer the door we’re just gonna knock the door down,” he said.

“That’s kind of been our business model as far as what we do. We do it really for the love we have for it in our own hearts and if people come around to it that’s great, and if they don’t, it’s really just a release for us.”

Carolina Confessions Tour

 
 

We've been hard at work on the new MKB album the past few weeks and now it's time to get back on the road! It's been a while since we've seen our West Coast friends and we're looking to changing that this Summer with the Carolina Confession World Tour - making stops in New Orleans, Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and more before heading back to Europe this Fall.

Pre-sale tickets will be available 12p ET this Wednesday, May 9 with tickets going on sale Friday, May 11. Visit MarcusKingBand.com/tour or see below for more information.

July 31 at Slowdown in Omaha, NE
Aug 1 at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, MO
Aug 3 at Plaza Theatre in Glasgow, KY
Aug 4 at Legend Vally in Thornville, OH
Aug 16 at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC
Aug 18 at Hot August Music Festival in Cockeysville, MD
Aug 19 at Burley Oak in Berlin, MD
Aug 22 at Duling Hall in Jackson, MS
Aug 23 at Tipitina’s in New Orleans, LA
Aug 24 at House of Blues - Bronze Peacock in Houston, TX
Aug 25 at Antone’s Nightclub in Austin, TX
Aug 26 at House of Blues - Cambridge Room in Dallas, TX
Aug 29 at Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM
Aug 30 at The Green Room in Flagstaff, A
Aug 31 at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ
Sep 1 at 191 Toole in Tucson, AZ
Sep 4 at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA
Sep 6 at Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA
Sep 7-8 at Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Sep 11 at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
Sep 12 at Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA
Sep 14 at The Commonwealth Room in Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 15 at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, CO
Sep 18 at Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, NE
Sep 22 at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN
Sep 23 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH
Sep 26 at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL
Sep 27 at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul, MN
Sep 30 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 10 at La Cigale in Paris, FR
Oct 11 at Cafe Charbon in Nevers, FR
Oct 12 at Arcadium in Annecy, FR
Oct 13 at Avignon Blues Festival in Avignon, FR
Oct 15 at Santeria Social Club in Milan, IT
Oct 16 at Kaufleuten Festsaal in Winterthur, SW
Oct 17 at Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, DE
Oct 19 at Columbia Theater in Berlin, DE
Oct 22 at Paradiso Noord in Amsterdam, NL
Oct 23 at Doornroosje in Nijmegen, NL
Oct 25 at The Thekla in Bristol, UK
Oct 26 at Islington Assembly Hall in London, UK
Oct 27 at The Deaf Institute in Manchester, UK
Oct 28 at Stereo in Glasgow, UK

Marcus King Guests With Widespread Panic And Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band At Wanee Festival

 
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Guitarist Marcus King was a busy man on Saturday at the Wanee Festival, the final day of this year’s event at the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. King not only performed his scheduled set as part of As The Crow Flies but also sat-in with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band and Widespread Panic.

Marcus was just one of three guests for Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band. The Grateful Dead bassist and his group were also joined by drummer Tony Leone of As The Crow Flies and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and CRB guitarist Neal Casal. Neal was the first to sit-in, showing off his vocals on “Althea.” Casal stuck around while his CRB mate Leone also augmented Phil & The Terrapin Family Band on “Shakedown Street.” Next, it was Marcus King’s chance to shine. The youngster sang “West L.A. Fadeaway” and added to the “Samson & Delilah” that followed. Deadheadland’s report indicates King returned to the stage for portions of the ensemble’s second set including a “St. Stephen” > “Whole Lotta Love” sequence.

Georgia rockers Widespread Panic closed out the Peach Stage with a marathon set on Saturday. The band opened with a run of “Pigeons,” “Good People” and “Love Tractor” before taking it down a bit with “I’m Not Alone.” Later in the set, a sequence featuring “Rebirtha” > “Blackout Blues” > “Second Skin” ended with Terrapin Family Band multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby adding to “Second Skin.” Soon thereafter, Marcus King emerged for covers of “Bowlegged Woman” and “One Kind Favor.”

Panic’s guest-filled performance rolled on with a version of “Fishwater” featuring Jason Crosby on keys. Crosby then picked up his fiddle to help WSP close out their set with “Lake Of Fire” by the Meat Puppets and the original “Ain’t Life Grand.” Widespread Panic han’t covered “Lake Of Fire” since November 2, 2014. The band then returned without any guests for a three-song encore of “Expiration Day,” “Papa’s Home” and “Mr. Soul.”

Watch Marcus lead Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band on “West L.A. Fadeaway” and sit-in on “Samson & Delilah” thanks to Live For Live Music:

 
 

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

 
 

As September 14-16 inches just a bit closer, the 25th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival reveals its 2018 artist lineup. The festival returns with a dynamic, well-rounded mix of live blues, funk, indie, rock, jam band, gospel and soul performances featuring Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Gov't Mule, Booker T's Stax Revue, JJ Grey & Mofro, Anders Osborne and many more.

"This year is extra special because it is my 25th year producing Blues & Brews. It is hard to imagine that this all started when I was just 28 years old. 25 years and stronger than ever” said Steve Gumble, Festival Director. “This is one of the more exciting lineups for Blues & Brews. Two words: Robert Plant. To have a legend like Plant on our stage is well... Just pinch me! Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper could not be a better fit for us and Gov't Mule has been a part of the festival since the very early years. I am especially looking forward to the many traditional blues artists from the Music Maker Relief Foundation roster. All of these artists combine to form a really well-rounded, powerful and inspiring music festival. 56 craft breweries is just icing on the cake!"

Artists will perform on three stages under towering 13,000 foot Rocky Mountain peaks as the fall foliage season begins to brighten the landscape. To complement the music, the festival proudly boasts a wide variety of local and regional food and craft vendors, children's activities and cozy late night club shows (Juke Joints). In addition, attendees can enjoy an assortment of special events throughout the festival weekend including the “Blisters & Brews” 5k fundraiser race, free Yoga Sessions taught by instructors of the Telluride Yoga Festival, the Telluride Blues Challenge, Campground Sessions and the Sunset Blues Concert.

Honoring its craft beer roots, the festival uncorks an equally impressive and diverse collection of 56 craft breweries boasting 170 styles of craft beer and cider at the festival’s Grand Tasting. Highly regarded as one of the premier beer tasting events in the Southwest, the Grand Tasting takes place inside the festival grounds on Saturday, September 15 from Noon to 3pm. Official festival beer sponsor Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will also be on hand with a bevy of favorites including classics and rare creations such as the “Back Porch Lager” (only available at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival).

The stand-up comedy lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. The festival schedules for the Main Stage, Blues Stage, Campground Stage and late night Juke Joints will be released in the early months of summer.

Marcus King Quickly Evolves To A Lister Guitarist Band Leader

 
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He may be young but Marcus King has the fastest old blues fingers around today. With only three recordings under his belt, the just-turned 22-year-old from South Carolina has already made a name for himself in the blues/jamband scene, having shared stages with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Widespread Panic, Blackberry Smoke and Warren Haynes, who has become a sort of rock & roll godfather to the up & coming musician, producing his 2016 self-titled album and playing on the track, “Virginia.”

But as 2018 gets rolling, King has a lot more on his plate. Currently on tour in France with his band, when he returns to the States next month, he will be playing with Chris Robinson’s new outfit, As The Crow Flies, before summer dates opening for TTD and Drive-By Truckers. And amid all this action, he is planning on releasing a new album.

For those who haven’t discovered this young man, he has the genes for the blues. Both his father and grandfather have deep guitar-playing roots so it was inevitable that some of that passion for music would filter down into the third generation of King men. Just who knew it would manifest itself so early in Marcus King’s life. He was around eight when the talent really started showing and by his teens he was sitting in with his father’s band. In 2015, he released his debut, Soul Insight, followed a year later by the steamy, horns-a-blazing, guitar screaming eponymous album, which also featured Trucks on the very personal “Self-Hatred.” In October, King and his band released a 4-song EP, Due North, featuring a knock-the-wind-out-of-your-lungs barn-burner of a live jam. If that didn’t convince you to buy a ticket to his nearest show, you weren’t paying attention.

So with all this going for the shy young man who comes alive when the spotlight hits him, Glide spoke to King about the blues, expanding his exploration of music and the impact of Warren Haynes.

Your band has been evolving pretty fast in a short period of time.What have you seen as the major changes happening with you guys?

I guess overall our approach to the live show.Coming from playing a lot of smaller clubs where a lot of times people wouldn’t be paying attention to us really and then that started to change and it started to turn into more of a show atmosphere. We still continue to play for each other and try to outdo what we did ourselves the night before, but it’s also a time where we’ve been growing and trying to make it more of a show and play for the audiences there.

Not all bluesmen put horns in their music. Why was it important for you to start incorporating that element into your band’s music?

I always wanted to produce the largest sound possible for our music and our music has always just been a representation of our innermost thoughts and wants and concerns and desires, you know. I’ve always written what I’ve felt and that’s been interpreted often as blues but we just kind of see it as like a representation of our emotions and our musical context. And horns have always been a large part of that, just adding another layer of flavor to the cake we’re baking (laughs).

Who are some artists that take the blues and rock and put funk and soul and horns into it that you look to for inspiration?

There’s a lot of bands that we get a lot of motivation from, bands that we see on the road and friends of ours, like Soulive and Lettuce; we really love hearing Nathaniel Rateliff& The Night Sweats and Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real and bands like Antibalas.We love that kind of stuff. So there’s bands all over the spectrum that just give us a lot of positive energy; like Naughty Professor is another group I forgot to mention.It drives us to work harder and harder.

Tell us what horns you have in your band

On the trumpet and trombone and auxiliary percussion, we have Justin Johnson, who is from Greenville, South Carolina. We also have on the tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone and the flute and another auxiliary percussion, we have Dean Mitchell from Asheville, North Carolina. They are tight, man, and pride themselves on being a tight section and add a lot of flavorto the mix.

Do you think in the so-called jamband scene today that it’s maybe moving too far away from its guitar base in favor of more like electronic-minded sounds?

Well, my opinion with that is I think music is just a spectrum, it doesn’t have to be guitar-oriented or electronic-oriented. It just is music and that’s, I think, the beautiful thing about the jam scene.A lot of bands that have had a hard time kind of explaining what it is they are or what they do, the jam scene has been a really good home for artists like ourselves and Umphrey’s McGee, for example; just bands that haven’t been really able to say, “We play THIS type of music.” We found ourselves at a lot of like country festivals where people scratched their heads and at a lot of blues festivals where people scratched their heads,cause we’re playing like “War Pigs” or something like that. Not to go too far off, but I guess I’ve never really seen it as a guitar-oriented genre.It’s an amalgam of genres, basically, is what it is.

Your dad is a musician. How early did he put a guitar in your hands?

There was always one around the house so I was plucking away at one from the time I can remember, three or four.

Which one did you gravitate to?

The first guitar that really grabbed me was a Gibson SG. I remember seeing that and just falling in love with everything about that guitar. And I still am (laughs).

Is that your primary guitar?

Yeah, Gibson is my favorite brand. They’ve been sweethearts to work with me. My primary guitar of choice is the Gibson 345. I saw my grandfather playing it all the time and I don’t take that one out of the house as much anymore cause it’s sentimental value. But Gibson was kind enough to make me one similar to my grandfather’s that I use so if it goes missing I’ll still cry but I won’t cry as long (laughs).

What was the toughest song you tried to learn to play on guitar when you started?

I guess the toughest one was either “Donna Lee” by Charlie Parker or “Twelve Keys” by Jimmy Herring. Just the way they played, you know, and the overall speed of it, trying to catch up with what they were doing made it difficult, I suppose.

What did the guitar mean to you?

I guess when I started playing the guitar it just became an extension of my mind, in a way, for me to really just describe how I was feeling without having to put it into words. I was always very introverted, and I still am as far as what’s bothering me, and I could put it into music.It just makes it a lot easier to say what I need to say without having to vocalize it as much. And now singing is a further extension of that.

You released an EP last year. Do you have some new music coming out this year?

Oh yes ma’am, we’re working on our record right now, our LP, to be released this summer. It’s going to be called Carolina Confessions and it’s going to be released on Fantasy Records as well and we’re hoping for a mid/late summer release of that.Half of it has been recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, and the other half is being recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. So we’re kind of taking it back home to our roots, to the south.

When you are songwriting, is there a method to your madness?

Well, you know, every now and then I’ll get a sudden jolt of inspiration and I’ll have to write it down just then, or things that stick with me throughout the day, and I often end up having a number of different ideas on a notepad or a journal somewhere.Then when I sit down and start putting all the ideas together and building upon all these little tidbits of song ideas I have on a voice recorder or in a notepad, I just build it from there. That’s kind of my method.

So when you go to the band, is the song pretty much done?

Yes and no. It depends on the style I am trying to go for. Oftentimes, I can’t really finish the writing process lyrically or musically without getting the full vibe of the band and its energy on the song. Certain songs for this record, I wrote most of it and then I’d take it to the group so they can put their spin on it.Then I’ll record it and be able to tweak it on my own later. Then there are other ones I can kind of finish and bring to them and they add their parts to it and there it is.

I understand this is going to be a pretty big year for you because you’ve got some big tours coming up. Can you tell us more about those?

Yes ma’am, I have the pleasure of going out and working with some really great musicians with As The Crow Flies. I’ll tour with them doing Black Crowes music with a friend of mine, Chris Robinson, which will be a great deal of fun. Following that we’ll be doing a tour of Europe and that will be our second time going overseas this year. Shortly after that, we’ll be going on the road with the Drive-By Truckers and Tedeschi Trucks Band. Those are just a lot of phenomenal people and phenomenal musicians so it will be a pleasure to share the road with them. Then the rest of the year I think we’ll have another European tour lined up and a full US tour promoting the new record once it’s released. I’m also really excited to have the second annual Marcus King Band Family Reunion in Black Mountain, North Carolina, in October. So it’s an exciting year and we’re really pumped to have the wheels rolling, as they say.

Derek Trucks played on the song “Self-Hatred,” from your last full-length. What made him the right guy to play on that particular song?

Well, Warren and I and everyone else had talked and said that we’d really love for Derek to play on a tune and he said, “If you find a song, then send it on over.” And he had one day off before they went to Australia that year and said, “If you’ve got anything, send it on over cause I got to fly out in the morning.” So we sent him that tune and he sent it back and it sounded just right, just what the tune needed. He’s just a hell of a nice guy and it’s a real pleasure to work with him, a real pleasure to have become friends with those guys.

And Susan Tedeschi is a wonderful guitar player as well

Oh absolutely. She is one of my favorite musicians all the way around. She’s well-rounded and they all are just really beautiful people.

They are kind of the leaders in the jamband blues genre. What do you think it takes to get to that level?

I think it’s just a lot of hard work and a lot of determination and a lot of not taking no for an answer; and tenacity and almost down-right stubbornness and hardheadedness, just going for it, you know, but in a tactful way, cause nobody likes you to be overbearing but you’ve really got to let your voice be heard. So it’s kind of a balancing act between that, making a lot of noise but making sure you’re saying something of substance with that.

Is that something you’ve always had?

That’s something I’ve always kind of had in my back pocket that I was blessed to have. Just from watching people like my grandfather, who played music for years, and was a very stern man and a cut right to the chase kind of guy. All the books I’ve read about my favorite musicians, like James Brown and Duane Allman, about the way they conducted themselves in a business way. Some of the things they did I wouldn’t recommend but the way they carried themselves with respecting themselves – if you don’t respect yourself nobody else will – and just putting everything you got into what you believe.

For you, what was your first big I can’t believe I’m here moment?

I guess the first time would be when I was at the Beacon Theatre and we were doing “Can’t You See,” which is a song that Toy Caldwell wrote. He’s from the Marshall Tucker Band and from a town right next to mine in South Carolina. Warren invited me to sing and play on that one. It was my first time at the Beacon and it was a big deal for me. I was such a big fan of that venue and playing a song written by Toy Caldwell from South Carolina put tears in my eyes, you know.

What’s the biggest impact that Warren Haynes has made on you?

It’s a profound impact that Warren’s made on us, just the way that he carries himself. I think he’s one of the most put together and honorable and down-to-earth, well-rounded people that we’ve had the pleasure of working with and knowing as a friend. We call him Uncle Warren cause he feels like family, especially since he’s from the same kind of Appalachia background that we both have.

What are some of the ways you want to see your band evolve even more?

We’d like to see the day when we’re not traveling by van. It makes the long drives a little bit easier when you’re NOT in a van (laughs). We’d like to see the tunes progress into songs, see the music evolve further and further. That’s our goal, just for it to grow.

Marcus King & Billy Strings to Join Forces for 'King & Strings' Set at Rooster Walk

 
 

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Marcus King and Billy Strings, two of the country’s hottest guitar players, will join forces this May for a first-time-ever collaboration at the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival in Martinsville, Va.

King, a southern rock/blues star, will sit in for the full show with progressive bluegrass ace Billy Strings and his band on a midnight-2 am “Kings & Strings” set at Rooster Walk 10. The pairing of two guitar-shredding icons, each age 25 or younger, is sure to be a showcase of frenetic fretboard work, improvised from start to finish.

In addition, legendary drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit) will sit in during the latter portion of the set to give a little extra backbone to the big finish.

“I’ve never met Marcus, but I really love him, and I love his band, and I love what they’re doing,” said Billy Strings, a 25-year-old Michigan native. “It’s just awesome. I’ve seen that guy come up so quick, you know what I mean? That band, they’ve been out there touring relentlessly and just killing it at every show. And I think that’s incredible.“

King, a Greenville, S.C., native, has already sat in with a veritable “who’s who” of the world’s most famous rock, blues and jam bands, ranging from Gov’t Mule and Umphrey’s McGee to Widespread Panic. But other than a two-song appearance with Greensky Bluegrass at last year’s Rooster Walk, the 21-year-old hasn’t shared the stage with many bluegrass artists.

Even so, he has a long-standing love for the genre. “All the older relatives in my family were more bluegrass players, and I played a lot of gospel with them at my great grandfather’s house. I’ve always had a really deep respect for bluegrass players. I just think it’s an incredible art form, and I’m happy to be part of this set,” said King. “I think it’s gonna be a hoot, man. If I can be frank, I think it’s a great idea, and we’re gonna have a lot of fun with it.”

Though both artists intentionally plan to keep things loose and unscripted, they agree that a melding of the bluegrass and blues worlds will be an exciting way to fill two hours of music.

The impetus of the idea came from last year’s Rooster Walk, when guitarist Eric Krasno was the only member of his band who made it to the festival due to severe storms that cancelled flights across the country. In a pinch, Billy Strings and his band backed up Krasno on stage. The resulting set, though completely off the cuff and unrehearsed, was one of the most talked about from the entire weekend at Pop’s Farm.

“Kras, his band couldn’t make it last year because of the weather. So I heard about the set and I think that’s kind of the idea of this one, is just letting it be more spontaneous. And I’m sure (Billy and I) will have a couple phone calls to iron out some of the details, because we may want to go into it with some preconceived ideas,” explained King. “But other than that, just kind of leaving it up to everybody on stage as to how it turns out. And you know when you’ve got folks like Jeff Sipe on stage, you’re gonna have some spontaneous moments.”

Coincidentally, Strings has recently been seen playing electric guitar on-stage during a Greensky Bluegrass sit-in. This special King & Strings pairing creates the possibility of a 2-hour set that starts in the bluegrass/acoustic realm and explores its way toward a plugged-in, Sipe-backed finish that’s completely different and unique.

“We’re not gonna make a big plan,” said Strings. “Like, it’s not gonna be some epic set. Well, it might be. It probably will be, actually, but it will be fun and just kind of improv’d.”

King agreed.

“Hell yeah. I’m into it. Like I said, I just think it’s going to be a really good time,” he said. “I’m really jazzed up about it. I’m gonna practice up on my flat-picking!”

Rooster Walk 10 will take place May 24-27, 2018 at Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, Va. Headlining bands include The Wood Brothers, JJ Grey & Mofro and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. The festival’s full band lineup will be announced Thursday. To buy tickets or learn more information, visit the festival website.