MKB + Umphrey's McGee Tour Dates

 
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Hey y'all! We're very excited to to announce that we'll be joining Umphrey's McGee on 6 shows this February in Columbus, Kalamazoo, Washington DC and Asheville. It's going to be a rad time, so we hope to see you all there. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

February 1 at Express Live! in Columbus, OH - TICKETS
February 2 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, MI - TICKETS
February 3 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, MI - TICKETS
February 15 at The Anthem in Washington, DC - TICKETS
February 16 at ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC - TICKETS
February 17 at ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC - TICKETS

Ask The Marcus King Band!

We're starting a new feature over here on the site where you can ask the band anything you'd like. Just fill out the form at the end of this page to ask your question(s)!


Colby M. Asks: What’s goin on MKB! I am a huge fan of y’all’s music and try to see y’all every chance i get . I love the vibe your music puts out and the style in which y’all play it, keep it up! My question is, I recently saw y’all perform at the Georgia theater in Athens And after the show I asked one of the rogue as to hand me one of your picks and I noticed it was a Dunlop jazz III pick and I was curious if you always use those picks or if you only use them for certain songs? Also wanted to know where you got your influences from for your style and technique used in your guitar playing and solos? Thanks brother


Hey Colby! Thanks for reaching out. I've been using Jazz III picks for a while. They work best for me. Jimmy herring, Derek trucks, Warren haynes, John McLaughlin.. to name a few! 

 

Casey D Asks: Hey Marcus! Big, big fan of yours and the band. I have been listening to the Due North EP nonstop lately but I’m having trouble playing along with Slip Back. I know I’m close on the chords but something doesn’t quite match. I’m hoping you could shed some light on it for me!

Hey Casey! MK here. Thanks so much for digging on the EP! That tune is basically

Verse: G7, B-7, C7.. Dsus (cmajor with  D on the base) 

Bridge (during SAX solo) G7, F-7, E dominant, A7 (Cmaj with D in the base)
 

 

 

James M. Asks: What's up with your red shoes? You wear them all the time tell us about them.

Hey man. I like my shoes to match my guitar. That's pretty much it haha.

 

 

Peter M. Asks: Great to see you coming up to Canada in September. How do you find the audience in Canada compared to the States? I understand Japan was awesome for the band - what makes a great crowd? Looking forward to seeing you in Toronto.

We love Canada crowds. We find in the states sometimes people are a little closed off to The vibe we're trying to offer. Canadian crowds reciprocate a lot louder! 

 

 

Josh V. Asks: Virginia has that straightforward guitar driven groove. (or "the bounce" as I like to call it) Are you using the super reverb on the album? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like Warren is using a late 60's plexi? Tonally he sounds damn near identical to Mr. Reverend Willie G. Keep on keepin on

Josh! Hey man, MK Here. Thanks for digging on the record. Warren was playing through a late 60s plexi . Good ear my friend. And I was using a Super reverb with a Marshall and a mid 60s  Supro all in stereo

 

 

Glen S. Asks: You are stranded forever on a deserted island with only 3 albums. Which ones?

Mahavishnu orchestra: birds of fire

King Crimson: in the court of the crimson king

BB King: live at the regal

 

 

Andrew K. Asks: Hi, just wondering if anyone in the band has started a little collection of anything while doing so much traveling around. Kind of a random question, but just wanted to know.

Haha well. Dean and I have been collecting Hotel Room keys and show laminates. Jack and Stephen collect VHS tapes

 

 

Tyler C. Asks:  Hey guys, I'm a huge fan of your music, and lately of Thespian Espionage in particular. I've been trying to learn it on guitar, but I'm having a hard time picking up the chord progression by ear, especially the jam in the middle. Would you be able share those chords? I'd really appreciate it. Either way, can't wait for you guys to come around to CT again!

Hey Tyler. The improvisational section is a pattern of chords based around the key of C minor

C-7 (8 bars)
F-7. Eflat maj 7 , F-7,  Aflat maj. 7
C-7 (4 bars)
F-7, G-7, A flat maj. 7, G-7 (Repeat 2x)

 

 

Keith T Asks: Hi Marcus, I'm a 65 year young fan. Love your music and the styles you deliver. Started playing guitar at an older age. Played in a local blues band in NJ for a few years recently. I am hooked on your song Rita is Gone, specifically the versions you jam on . Not sure what you can or would share, but it would be great if you could provide the chords. I think it's in some sort of Dm mode but your changes have a unique sound so a mix of what sounds like some diminished or Maj7's in there, but I may be way off. Would appreciate what you can share. It would be great in a jam with some other musicians I am trying to get together. Would also be willing to purchase in copyrighted sheet music if necessary.
Thanks and all my best for your success.

Hey Keith! Really happy to hear you dig the tune. 

Verse: Dminor, C7, Bflat Major 7

Chorus: G minor7, C7, Fminor7, B flat major 7
G-7, A-7, B flat major 7, C7 (A flat 13, G7)

 

 

Isy H. Asks: Just wanted to ask where (and if) can I buy a guitar strap like the one Marcus is using (with the big ring)?

I had that particular strap made when I was 11 years old. I have tried to contact the leathersmith responsible since then but haven't heard anything back. I do know it was called leathersmith by Liz in Easley SC. Moody Leather makes all of my other straps. 

 

 

Benny B. Asks: What do you set the knobs on your TS9 ? I have the same amp you use My TS9 is a keeley mod plus . Would there be any difference?

Hey benny! Depending on the size of the venue I adjust the gain. Usually. The amp is cranked to 10 tube screamer gain is at noon. Volume is at 7 o'clock . 

 

 

Patricia R. Asks: That hat is your trademark! Did you buy that or did someone pick that out for you! Not everyone can pull that look off but you do and very well! Love the feathers trailing in back!

Hey Patricia ! I got my hat at high mountain outfitters in Denver CO

 

 

Gustavo R. Asks: Hello, Marcus, how are you? Would you like to know what your favorite Ibanez TS9 configuration is and whether your wah pedal is Standard (GCB-95) or Classic (GCB-95F)? Thank you!

Gustavo, hey brother! Using a standard TS9 and Standard Cry baby wah

 

 

Mike M. Asks: Your FREDDIE KING" ripen it up clone action...was that on purpose??? KILLER cant wait to see you again/will bring 1000 of my closest friends!!!

Hey Mike! It was greeting meeting you both! We always love covering Freddie King Tunes, We try to go with whatever vibe is in the room and Freddies spirit happened to be in the air that night! Looking forward to the next one. Talk soon - MK

 

 

Richard A. Asks: HI Jack, fellow drummer down here in Texas. I play a similar setup to yours, but couldn't find any details online. Im curious what your primary kit is, what heads you use and what cymbals. Rock on.

Hey rich! 
Are you referring to what I play live? Or what you heard on the album? 

I've been touring with my Noble & Cooley CD maple kit since august of 2016. It's a 5 piece kit. 
Bass drum: 24x14
Rack tom: 13x9
Floor toms: 16x14 18x16
Snare: 7x14 Solid shell maple has been my main girl. 
I also have a 6ply walnut 6.5x14 and a solid shell beech wood 7x14. All noble  & Cooley. 
I use Evans coated G1 heads on the snare and toms (no moon gels or any muffling) 
I usually just use an emad for the bass drum.  

Cymbals all zildjan: hi hat 14" kerope (heavy on top) 
19" kerope (hi hat side)
22" k custom medium ride
20" k custom hybrid ride (tilted to the right of the main ride, used as more of a crash) 

If you saw any of the old videos where I'm playing a blue sparkle kit, those are my slingerlands. Late 70's pretty much exact same set up as my noble & cooleys (only difference is the first floor tom is 16x16). 

I hope that answered you're questions, ask away if you want to know more. 
Thanks for reaching out! 

 

 

James F. Asks: Marcus - I LOVE your tone. What model and year is your SG and what P90s are you using? Thank you. See you in NYC!

Hey James! My SG is an early 70s model with mini humbuckers, I use a tubescreamer TS9 and a 65 Fender super reverb amp with a cry baby wah! We'll see you in NYC brother.. Cheers-MK

 

 

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Wanee Festival 2018

 
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Hey y'all! We're very excited to announce that The Marcus King Band will be heading to Live Oak, FL for the 2018 Wanee Festival at Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park April 19-21. This year's lineup also features two nights of Widespread Panic, two nights of Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Dark Star Orchestra, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, North Mississippi Allstars and many more.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 17 at WaneeFestival.com.

Rock and Blues Muse EP Review

By Kevin Porter, Rock and Blues Muse

The Marcus King Band, led by the extraordinarily talented vocalist/guitarist Marcus King, are releasing an EP, Due North, on October 27, 2017 via Fantasy Records. Like the self-titled album released last year, the EP showcases the band’s self-described brand of “soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock.” They are going into the studio this November to record a new album, and Due North tides us over, for those of us who couldn’t wait.

Produced by Warren Haynes, The Marcus King Band is a hybrid of multiple musical styles– the band easily switches from hard blues-rock to jazz and to southern soul. Marcus King’s soulful voice is part of a potent musical stew propelled by a tight band. Mr. King is also a sensational guitarist, and his solos also roam the musical landscape.

A squalling blues-rock guitar opens the first track, “What’s Right,” with the band settling into a hard funk beat after that opening shot of guitar. Think of a mix of Sly Stone and jazz fusion. The second track is a cover of The Marshall Tucker Band’s “This Old Cowboy,” about a cowboy making plans after the end of a romance but reminding his former partner that he has been alone before and can be alone again. I loved Marshall Tucker back in the day, and the Marcus King Band does a very fine rendition, with the easy swing, the bright guitar tone, and the playing off of the guitar with the organ and the horns. I imagine the ghost of Toy Caldwell, the great guitarist with Marshall Tucker, showing his approval.

“Slipback” shows off the soulful side of the Marcus King Band, mixed in with a little funk.  A nice saxophone solo graces the middle of the song. Mr. King takes the next solo, starting with some quiet harmonics, then building into a fiery climax with the band in full throttle behind him.

The EP closes with a 14-minute melody of five songs—“Sharry Barry,” “Sliced Milk,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Stay,” and “Gloomy Sunday,” played before a live audience.  This is jam band at its finest and I can imagine Warren Haynes had something to do with this song’s production. It opens with a promise of fine musicianship, a driving beat and a wah-wah guitar part, followed by yet another fine guitar solo by Mr. King. Bassist Stephen Campbell, drummer Jack Ryan, Sax player Dean Mitchell, and horn player Justin Johnson sizzle through the Chicago classic, “25 or 6 to 4”, and after that, the track slides into a mix of slow blues, rock and funk. The track fades out just as the band kicks into a fast funk jam, a surprising and unexpected end to a live track and the EP itself.

The Marcus King Band occupies a prominent place on my list of bands I must see live, and soon. It’s hard to believe he is in only 21 years old—it will be exciting to watch him and his band evolve over the coming years, and what musical directions they take.

New For The Holidays!

 
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With the holiday season just around the corner, we wanted to get a jump-start on some new merch for all the MKBeings in your life... or for yourself ;). Following their popularity on the Fall Tour, we have added a new line of "MKB" Logo Baseball Tees and the brand-new "Est. 2013" tees. Just pick your favorite color(s) and we'll do the rest!

Rock Revolt Review: Due North EP

via Rock Revolt

The Marcus King Band’s upward trajectory this past year has seen the six-piece out of Greenville, South Carolina release their sophomore self-titled LP to critical acclaim, tour Europe extensively and play one of the most revered live music venues in this country in Red Rocks.

The band’s seemingly unstoppable momentum carries on with Due North, their latest four- song EP released this past week on Fantasy Records.

Combining elements of sublime southern rock, traditional blues, improvisational jazz and scorching guitar riffs, all backed by a thunderous horns and rhythm section, The Marcus King Band continue to prove that if there’s an heir to the Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic, Phish jam band crown, citizens of the world need look no further than the 21-year-old guitar hero and his band of musical brothers.

The EP provides unique transparency into what fans should expect to experience at any given Marcus King Band live performance.  Soulful, funky, diverse, and just flat out rocking, Due North offers an ample taste of the southern fried blues and psychedelia that’s at the very root of the band’s musical DNA.

Due North wastes no time in igniting the rock and blues pyre as the the first track, “What’s Right” features King’s raucous guitar riffs that are equally balanced out by funk driven soundscapes. Bassist Stephen Campbell and drummer Jack Ryan’s talents rise to the occasion on “What’s Right,” providing an outstanding complimentary backbeat to King’s licks.

The second track sees King and company offer up a playful and upbeat take on the Marshal Tucker Band’s, “This Ol’ Cowboy.”   The song gives fans the opportunity to experience, on record, the interplay and balance between King’s resplendent guitar playing juxtaposed alongside the the band’s red hot horn section comprised of Justin Johnson on Trumpet and Dean Mitchell on Saxophone. 

I imagine if the late Toy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band somehow has access to Spotify or iTunes in the after life, he’s spinning this track repeatedly while likely sporting a mile-wide grin of approval and appreciation.

The final studio recorded track off of Due North, “Slip Back,” displays the kind of deliberate musical astriction that’s become a staple of the band’s trademark sound. 

Showcasing King’s raspy southern vocals, the track slowly builds with Mitchell eventually stepping to the forefront to deliver a soulful saxophone solo, all before the band ramps up the energy to bring the song to a fiery conclusion.

The EP’s final track is a live conglomeration of the band’s own, “Sharry Berry,” followed by segue ways into Jeff Sipes, “Sliced Milk,” Chicago’s “25 or 6 To 4,” Funkadelics “I’ll Stay” and the Billie Holiday classic, “Gloomy Sunday.” 

The song provides the perfect vehicle for showcasing the talents of Ryan, Campbell, Johnson and Mitchell while also cementing the fact that the band’s immense talent goes well beyond just Marcus King.

The EP itself came to life as part of the carriage house recording sessions from 2016 that ultimately yielded the Warren Hayne’s produced LP, the self-titled The Marcus King Band. Haynes, of  Gov’t Mule and The Allman Brothers Band fame, once again brings his producing expertise to the table on Due North.

Due North certainly seems aptly titled as the direction of the Marcus King Band has and continues to be pointed directly towards the sky, the the moon, the stars and beyond.   

It’s never too late to jump on the cosmic soul, funk and rock music fueled starship that is the Marcus King Band.   As the Love Boat theme so brilliantly put it back in the 80’s, come on board, we’re expecting you.