Two years ago, Marcus King was a 20-year-old kid with big dreams.
The young South Carolina guitar prodigy with a vintage sound came to Greeneville in August 2016, where he performed a show with his band at the Capitol Theatre.
At the time, King and his band were getting ready to release their debut, self-titled album, which had been produced by renown musician Warren Haynes, of Govt. Mule.
In addition, the band was gearing up for a trip to Europe for shows in London and Paris.
“We’re doing the best we can — and we’re having a good time,” King said at that time.
Fast forward to 2018.
The Marcus King Band has made a mark in the world of music. In fact, King, at only 22 years of age, has been touted as “music’s next great guitarist” by the Washington Post.
This weekend, MKB are among the headlining acts at Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Next month, they will be hosting their own music festival at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
The event, set for Oct. 5-6, will be the second year that King has hosted the event, known as The MKB Family Reunion.
In addition to two sets by MKB, this year’s reunion will feature performances by Chuck Leavell & Friends, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk and the Devon Allman Program, featuring Duane Betts.
Other musicians on tap for the festival are: Nikki Lane, Carl Broemel, Naughty Professor, Dynamo, Geoff Achison, DeRobert & The Half Truths, Shady Recruits, Steelism, the Travers Brothership, and April B & The Cool.
The entire lineup was hand-picked by King.
In addition to the Reunion, King and his band are also getting ready to release a new album, entitled “Carolina Confessions,” on Oct. 5.
The Fantasy Records album was produced and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded at Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio A.
The new album showcases the band’s “trademark musicianship buoyed by a new narrative depth, as Marcus delves into heavy themes: absolution, guilt, leaving home, yearning, love and other affairs of the soul,” a news release about the album says.
Two new tracks from the album, entitled “Homesick” and “Welcome ‘Round Here,” have been shared via NPR Music for fans to check out prior to the album release. Pre-orders for the album are can be made via the band’s website at marcuskingband.com.