Marcus King had a busy weekend on the east coast! After two nights at the Brooklyn Bowl with Soulive in NYC, the 20-year-old guitarist, singer, songwriter took the Marcus King Band to Macon, Georgia for a sold-out show at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House. With the recent passings of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, the musical spirit at the Big House is especially heavy. Marcus King used the empty space to fill the air with his own being, undoubtedly following these southern rock pioneers while creating a sound of his own.
Since officially breaking onto the scene a little over two years ago with his debut album Soul Insight, King has become highly regarded as the heir apparent to the southern blues and rock throne. With the endorsement and support of veteran axe men like Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes (both artists appear on 2016’s The Marcus King Band, and the latter produced every track), King’s ascension through the ranks of the live music community has been swift. The young guitarist plays with maturity well beyond his years and a keen sense for showmanship that simply can’t be taught. With a well-oiled and polished machine backing him, the Marcus King Band have truly impressed all audiences that they’ve played before.
King’s natural ability to take deeply personal experiences from his own life and put them out into the universe in song form was especially evident on Saturday night, as he performed an impressive setlist of originals while also honoring the music of the Allman Brothers Band with covers of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Dreams.”
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