Soulful SC Guitarist Marcus King Set For Tri-State Debut

For music lovers in the Carolinas, the sound of a teenage Marcus King on the guitar has turned around many a head for a few years now. Hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, King may be one of the best of the new blues, rock, psychedelic and soul guitarists to hit the scene in a long time.

King grew up in a family of musicians that included his grandfather, father and uncles. The 20-year-old got the guitar bug early and was led down the path of musical knowledge by his family and friends. His training included having respect for his chosen instrument and the desire to find the heart and soul in the music he was learning and playing.

Two years ago, King came into the view of fellow axslinger Warren Haynes, who leads Gov't Mule and the Ashes and Dust Band and spent more than 20 years as a member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. Haynes saw King's talent and re-released King's first album on his own Evil Teen Records label.

This past December, Haynes invited King to be a part of his annual all-star Christmas Jam for Habitat for Humanity that brings in music lovers from all around the world to Asheville, North Carolina. King's guitar playing, soulful singing and hot band won the crowd over.

Now, it is time for King to light up the Tri-State.

He's set to make his debut in Huntington at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the V Club, 741 6th Ave, Huntington. The show is for ages 18 and up, and tickets are $8.

King spoke to The Herald-Dispatch from Connecticut, where he's cutting his second album, due out this year.

"Warren and I had a lot of mutual friends in Asheville, and they were always saying that they wanted to turn Warren onto our music, and I said, 'That'd sure be great,'" King said.

"They did give him my music, and I guess he dug it. In August of 2014, I went down to the Georgia Theatre to see Gov't Mule and the first night, we just hung out. The second night, I was hanging out, and I saw the set list and I was on it. So, they brought me out and we played 'Jesus Just Left Chicago' by ZZ Top, and we all wore these fake beards and sunglasses. It was wild. After that, we hung out on the bus, and we talked for a couple of hours."

Haynes' influence on King has been nothing but positive.

"Warren has really taken us under his wing musically and with life lessons," King said. "He is just the nicest cat you'll ever meet, and working with him has been a real blast. When you're sitting there and really trying to come to the conclusion that you are having dinner with one of your heroes, it felt kind of jarring and bizarre. But, at the same time, he is just like us. He is a Southern gentleman and a joy to be around."

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