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The music of The Marcus King Band evokes memories of sweltering summer afternoons spent with family and friends around the local swimming hole. In short, this stuff just makes you feel good. The Marcus King Band’s music is some of the most down to Earth southern blues-rock out there. That rugged and soulful twang in Marcus King’s voice isn’t the affectation, that’s just how he sounds. Add Marcus’ guitar tone, that’s so dirty it’s been practically dragged through the mud, and you have one of the most talented musicians to emerge in the style since Derek Trucks. What’s especially impressive is his age. It seems imperceptible that any 20 year old would be blessed with the matured timber of Marcus’ voice. Simply put, Marcus King is one talented dude.
Looks like festival season is officially upon us and we are excited to share that we'll be heading down to New Orleans to perform at Hogs for the Cause March 31 - April 1. We'll be joined by a great lineup of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, Shovels & Rope, The London Souls, Fruit Bats, George Porter Jr. and Runnin' Pardners and more! Tickets are on sale now.
The Marcus King Band perform live on World Cafe with host David Dye. Recorded at WXPN Performance Studios on 9/30/16.
Marcus joined the Blues Kitchen last month while in Europe to perform a couple of tracks. Check out "Sorry 'Bout Your Lover" and "Man You Didn't Know" live and unplugged below!
We hope you are all having an amazing summer. It's September, which means we are just about a month away from the release of our new album, The Marcus King Band, available October 7. We had a lot of fun putting together this record and wanted to share a little glimpse of what it was like in studio. You can check out our behind-the-scenes video below!
Exciting times over here in MKB land. We are happy to let you all know that we will be making our first trip to Europe this Fall! Tickets for the tour - which makes stops in the United Kingdom, Paris, Germany and The Netherlands - are on sale now!
26 October at Shoreditch Blues Kitchen in London, UK*
27 October at Deaf Institute in Manchester, UK
28 October at Crofters Rights in Bristol, UK
30 October at Indigo at the O2 in London, UK
01 November at Sunset Sunside Jazz Club in Paris, FR
02 November at Yard Club in Cologne, DE**
03 November at Bassy Club in Berlin, DE**
04 November ar Crossing Borders Festival in Den Haag, NL
*on sale 1 Aug
**on sale 4 Aug
A man with a braided goatee was howling his brains out. He had no shirt, no shoes, and thanks to The Marcus King Band, the man had not a care in the world. For more than half an hour, he played air guitar left-handed (How skilled). He screamed, jumped and bounced around to the wildly entertaining jam session put on by the South Carolina native and his band. As the gentleman next to me perfectly pointed out, “He [was] the happiest guy here.”
The man’s fascination with Marcus King’s music was warranted. At only 20 years old, King isn’t the seasoned vet you’d expect to emit the kind of sounds he did. He’s a young gun but still packs quite the punch. King shredded a few gnarly solos, an act the rest of his band has perfected as well. Whether it was on the keys, sax, trumpet or drum kit, darn near every member of the band cranked out a wicked solo at one point.
Today’s ear-rattling performance was especially a treat because it exposed Wiggins Park to unreleased material. Kicking off the set was “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong,” coming from the band’s self-titled album due out September 23rd on Fantasy Records. After going back to last year’s debut album Soul Insight for “Keep Movin’,” King and the guys went with another new track, “Rita.” It was a bit smoother than the big band bangers that preceded it, but was just as jamtastic. King then flexed his soulful chops to start of “Virginia” before bringing in the band for a full-throttle finish.
As The Marcus King Band finished up, the festival goers in front of the River Stage really started to let it all go. They were shaking. They were smiling. They were dancing. They might not have been losing their mind like our one shirtless friend, but deep down it seemed like everyone wanted to. Because as the kids say, the atmosphere out there was “lit.”
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