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When Marcus King was young, he toyed with the idea of pursuing psychiatric work or becoming a priest when he grew up.
But as the son of blues guitarist Marvin King and grandson of a regionally-known guitarist, King knew there was a good chance music would be in his future.
“Realistically, I think I always really knew what I wanted to do from the time I started having those thoughts,” he said.
King was also drawn to music as a child because it allowed him to express himself in a way his social anxiety couldn’t hinder.
“Later I became more self-aware of it and could channel it more directly through the music,” he said. “But at a young age, it was a way for me to get those emotions out that I wasn’t able to say.”
Though performing may be an odd career choice for someone with social anxiety, it has taught King, who said he loves meeting new people and is frustrated when his anxiety makes him incapable of doing so, how to deal with it.
The Marcus King Band will perform at the Knitting Factory on Friday.
2015 saw the release of the Marcus King Band’s debut album, “Soul Insight,” and in October, the Greenville, South Carolina native again added to the King family’s musical legacy with the release of “The Marcus King Band.”
On the album, King’s pleasantly rough voice ranges from spirited and rousing to the world-weary croon of a man much older than his 21 years.
Though they’re frequently classified as a blues act, the Marcus King Band is much more, as bassist Stephen Campbell, keyboard and organ player Matt Jennings, trumpet and trombone player Justin Johnson, guitarist King, saxophone player Dean Mitchell and drummer Jack Ryan blend elements of blues and soul with Southern and psychedelic rock.
Guitarist Derek Trucks is featured on “Self-Hatred,” and Warren Haynes, of Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule fame, played slide guitar on “Virginia.”
Haynes also produced the record, an experience King said put the band’s mind at ease as they set to work on their major label debut.
“There was a little bit of pressure that he took off and allowed us to be ourselves,” King said. “The guidance that he provided allowed us to be the best us that we could be in the circumstances.”
“The Marcus King Band” peaked at number two on the “Billboard” Blues Albums Chart.
Less than a year after the album’s release, the Marcus King Band is already working on a follow up. The band has been demoing songs, and King is read to write even more.
It’s through his writing that King is able to bypass his social anxiety and connect with fans.
“I always love to talk to people and hear what they’re going through,” he said. “Whenever our music can help somebody through something is a very gratifying moment.”
In this way, King acts as the therapist he thought he one day might become. But even now, music wins.
“The degree would be nice to have but I think I prefer this,” he said with a laugh.
On the flip side of the legend coin, we have the youngest buck on the bill, Sunday’s opener Marcus King Band. There’s been considerable buzz about this 21-year-old South Carolina Southern blues rocker. The band’s 2014 debut caught the attention of Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes, who ended up producing the sextet’s self-titled second album from last year. He aims for a big band Chicago intensity and his voice is aged like a veteran. Mr. King is well worth adding to your radar for the weekend.
Read the full preview at PlanetJH.com
MKB recently stopped by the Horseshack in Davenport, IA to perform for Daytrotter. The session featured "Self Hatred," "Rita Is Gone," "Thespian Espionage" and "Sorry 'Bout Your Lover." You can download the set at Daytrotter.com
One Step Ahead of the Blues, Geoff Hanson
The Carolinas will be represented well at this weekend’s sixth annual Ride Festival. The two hottest up-and-coming rock ’n’ roll bands in the South will be in Telluride this weekend, turning heads and blowing minds.
From the Old North State, Big Something will play Saturday on the Fred Shellman Memorial Stage (Town Park’s main stage) and also on Sunday night at the Moon at O’Bannon’s.
From the Palmetto State, The Marcus King Band performs at the Sheridan Opera House on Friday night. On Saturday, they will play immediately after Big Something on the main stage before tackling their third gig in 24 hours at the Liberty Bar on Saturday night.
Indeed, The Marcus King Band plays more than any band at the Ride Festival, but if anyone can do it, it’s Marcus King, as he is all of 21 years old. And the scary thing is, he’s been on the scene for almost a decade.
King, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, has music in his veins. He’s a third-generation blues musician who began his career before he was even a teenager, playing in his father’s band. His father is Marvin King, who himself started out playing in his father’s band.
King says he learned different styles of music from his father and grandfather: “My father taught me the blues,” King recalled in an interview with Jam Base. “My grandfather turned me on to a lot of honky-tonk music, stuff like Chet Atkins and George Jones and Willie Nelson.”
The result of his musical upbringing is a style King calls “soul-influenced psychedelic Southern rock.” His six-piece band marries psychedelic R&B and soul with Allmans-style Southern rock and roadhouse blues.
The Marcus King Band features Jack Ryan on drums and percussion, Stephen Campbell on bass, Matt Jennings on keys and organ, Dean Mitchell on saxophone, and Justin Johnson on trumpet, trombone and backing vocals.
King is a protégé of Allman Brothers guitar player and Gov’t Mule founder Warren Haynes. The two met when King was 17 years old and he went to The Georgia Theater in Athens, Georgia, to see Haynes play. The next night, King was shown the setlist before the show and to his astonishment, he was on the setlist as a guest.
“That kind of threw me for a loop,” King says of the evening. “That was really game-changing — a life-changing thing for me to do. It was nothing we had run through or rehearsed, I just kind of jumped on.”
King and Haynes have been working together since. Haynes signed King to his company Evil Teen Management, has been a frequent on-stage collaborator and produced King’s fantastic sophomore record, “The Marcus King Band.”
“Marcus is the first player I’ve heard since Derek Trucks to play with the maturity of a musician well beyond his age,” Haynes says. “He’s very much influenced by the blues, but also by jazz, rock, soul music, and any timeless genres of music. You can hear the influences, but it all comes through him in his own unique way. He has one of those voices that instantly draws you in, and his guitar playing is an extension of his voice and vice versa.”
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Marcus joins KRCL (Salt Lake City, UT) live in studio for a quick chat and a couple tunes ahead of the band's SOLD OUT show at The State Room. Check out the interview and performance in the video below!