Gibson 30 Under 30: A New Generation of Players

Who: Marcus King

Age: 19

Where: Greenville, S.C.

Main Influences: Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Glark Jr.

Tools of the Trade: You will rarely see King without his trusty Gibson SG. Indeed, a photo of his cherished SG, leaning against an amp, adorns the cover of The Marcus King Band’s debut LP. In those rare instances when he opts for a different guitar, he has an ES-335 at the ready.

Why He’s Worth Watching: No less an authority than Warren Haynes has lauded King’s talent, saying, “The potential for [King’s] music is endless.” In fact, Soul Insight, the debut album by King and his band, is being issued by Haynes’ own record label, Evil Teen Records. Although only 19, King has opened shows for the likes of the Foo Fighters, Gov’t Mule and the late Johnny Winters. “Recording the album was a really organic experience,” says King, who produced the LP as well. “Whether I wrote the song or, in the case of the instrumentals, we developed them together as a band, we had played them long enough so we were really comfortable with the material.”

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