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via Rolling Stone
Best Inspired Cover: Gov't Mule
Heavy Southern rock and blues outfit Gov't Mule, a band that was started as an Allman Brothers side project by guitarist and songwriter Warren Haynes, represented the Peach at its most socio-political. Mule played a furious version of its Trump-era account of ideological schism, "Stone Cold Rage," and the moodily funky ode to administrative stagnation "Revolution Come … Revolution Go" in the early portion of their set. Later, Jack Pearson and Marcus King, who fronts his musical namesake, the Marcus King Band, joined the band for a rendition of Marshall Tucker Band's "Cant' You See." King complemented Hayne's soulful vocals with his coarse yet robust high-end register and traded shrieking licks with his fellow guitarists to create a particularly daring take on a classic song.
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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)!
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.
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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We're back with another special treat for all you fine folks. We'll be giving away a pair of 4-Day GA Passes to this year's Lockn' Festival - August 24-27 in Arrington, VA. All you gotta do is fill out the form below and you'll be entered to win. We'll pick a winner at the end of the week.
Please note: Grand Prize is for Passes Only. Parking and camping not included.
If you wander past the magazine aisle at the grocery store this week, take a closer look at the stands. You might see a familiar face.
Twenty-one-year-old Marcus King, singer, guitarist, and bandleader for Greenville’s own Marcus King Band, is a first-time cover boy for Guitar Player magazine, one of the most popular and oldest guitar magazines in America.
Launched in 1967, the monthly magazine provides everything from song tablatures to equipment tips alongside interviews with some of the best-known guitarists around. And now the Upstate guitarist, who’s in the midst of touring to promote his band’s self-titled LP, is ecstatic about it.
“Guitar Player magazine has been on the coffee table at my house since I was a little kid,” King says. “My father has cases of issues of Guitar Player from decades past.”
And that might be the most important part of the cover excitement for Marcus: Telling his father, a skilled guitarist and performer in his own right.
“My heart jumped from my chest when I was able to tell my dad that I was going to be on the cover,” he says. “He’s always been my biggest supporter and musical guru.”
King is also flattered to be grouped in with players who have been featured on past covers of the magazine, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and one of his musical idols, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
“I’m honored to be included among so many other incredible musicians,” he says. “I haven’t entirely processed it yet. But with all blessings and good things I’ve had happen in my life recently, hopefully this will be another means of motivation for me to keep pushing.”
Marcus performs a new song - "Where I'm Headed" - live on New Day Seattle. Check it out in the video below!
The Marcus King Band perform "Rita Is Gone" live on WBCM - Radio Bristol. Check it out in the video below!
We've got a very special treat for you today. We're giving away one pair of 4-Day GA Passes to this year's Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA! All you have to do is fill out the form below and we'll pick one lucky winner at the start of next week. Good luck and we'll see y'all real soon!
This contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner Mariah D.