Marcus King Band Making Noise on National Scene

At 19, Marcus King is a music business veteran.

He grew up with blues and country, thanks to his father, blues-gospel musician Marvin, and his grandfather, Bill, a performer and mentor to other musicians.

King, just a toddler when he picked up a guitar, played his first paying gig at the age of 8.

"From a really young age, I was always banging around on something," King said. "I really knew what I wanted to do, almost immediately. I had a real strong passion towards it."

These days, he's the leader of the Marcus King Band, which is starting to make some noise on the national scene. There's a new album, "Soul Insight," which they're planning to expand and re-release on vinyl soon, and an upcoming performance at the Ni-Fi Festival in Kentucky, on a bill that includes artists like Kings of Leon and Green Day.

Fans in Greenville can catch the band at the SC Blue Reedy River Concerts series July 8 on the Peace Center's TD Stage.

Things really began to take off a few months ago, when the band opened for blue-jam icons Gov't Mule at the Peace Center.

King and his bandmates are longtime fans of Gov't Mule, whose singer-guitarist Warren Haynes has become something of a mentor. So the chance to play the Peace Center, opening a show for a band they adore, was both thrilling and a little nerve-wracking.

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