The Marcus King Band on CBS This Morning

The Marcus King Band stopped by CBS This Morning Saturday to perform a few songs in the New York City studio. Check out Rita Is Gone, Ain't Nothin' Wrong With That and Plant Your Corn Early below!

Rita Is Gone

Ain't Nothin' Wrong With That

Plant Your Corn Early

MKB Return to the Big River Get Down

 
 

After last year's rain out, we are very excited to share that The Marcus King Band will be making a return to David Shaw's Big River Get Down September 9 in Hamilton, OH. This year's event will also feature performances by The Revivalists, The Record Company, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and more! Tickets and information are available at BigRiverGetDown.com. See y'all there!

2017 Candler Park Music Festival

 
 

The 2017 Candler Park Music & Food Festival has just announced their lineup and The Marcus King Band will be performing alongside Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, The Motet, Matisyahu, lake Street Dive and more! Tickets and information are available at CandlerParkMusicFestival.com

Mountain Stage June 25

 
 

Mountain Stage will record episode number 899 on Sunday, June 25 as part of FestivALL Charleston.

On Sunday, June 25 Mountain Stage returns to the Culture Center Theater on the state capitol grounds to record the radio program’s 899th episode. The show’s  Assistant Producer Joni Deutsch will return to the host’s microphone,  becoming the first person to guest host a second time, filling in for the co-founder and artistic director Larry Groce. Deutsch’s first opportunity came during last year’s FestivALL Charleston when she guest-hosted with Lucius, Rachel Yamagata, Margaret Glaspy, William Matheny and Adia Victoria. Hear that episode in our archives.

“It's an honor and a privilege to step up to the Mountain Stage microphone,” says Deutsch, “Last year we kept my guest hosting a surprise up until show time. This time around, I'm happy to be able to say loudly, and proudly, ‘I'll be guest hosting Mountain Stage for the second time on June 25.’ ”

As part of a new initiative, tickets will be available for seven days exclusively to Mountain Stage Members, who make a sustaining gift to Mountain Stage via this new membership form:

Mountain Stage Members will be given exclusive ticket pre-sale access, plus monthly newsletters, playlists,  behind the scenes updates from the Mountain Stage staff, as well as periodic discounts and other special offers.

Advance tickets for the show are $30 and will be placed on sale to the public on Friday, March 31 at 10a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at mountainstage.ticketfly.com, by phone at 877.987.6487, or locally at Taylor Books,  226 Capitol Street in downtown Charleston.

Scheduled to appear on June 25 is the Marcus King Band, led by up and coming guitarist, singer and songwriter Marcus King. The band made a big impact with the release of their 2015 album  “Soul Insight." Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King—before striking out on his own.

King and company are making their national television debut on Saturday, March 25 on CBS This Morning.

Their latest release, “The Marcus King Band,” was written on the road and recorded during a series of live takes at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT. The album captures the energy of the band's blazing live show, as well as the talent of a rising young songwriter reaching well beyond his years.  Joining the band on the new album are a number of mentors and collaborators, including Derek Trucks (who plays guitar on "Self-Hatred").

No guest plays a bigger role than Warren Haynes, though. A longtime champion of King's songwriting and guitar prowess, Haynes produced every track on "The Marcus King Band" (and contributed his trademark slide guitar on "Virginia"), expertly capturing the group's live sound for a cohesive collection reflecting the band's expansive explorations.

A complete list of Mountain Stage events can be found at mountainstage.org/shows.

Mountain Stage is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distrusted by NPR Music. This episode will be scheduled for nationally distribution later this year to 211 affiliate stations across the country.

The Marcus King Band: Carving Fresh Texture into the Musical Terrain

 
 

Appearing March 24th in Bay City at Arbeitoer Hall

via Review Mag

The Marcus King Band is led by singer, songwriter & guitarist Marcus King, who was raised in Greenville, South Carolina and brought up on the blues, playing shows a pre-teen sideman with his father, the fellow bluesman Marvin King.  After releasing their debut album Soul Insight in October, 2015 on Warren Haynes label Evil Teen Records, King rapidly road the roller-coaster to the upper registers of the musical scale, as his debut reached No. 8 on the Billboard Blues Album charts.

As with many musicians that set the bar of expression high, Marcus became inspired at the notion of pursuing his musical vision as a lifetime career at a young age. “All my family played instruments on the front porch of my grandfather’s house in Blue Ridge and I became very aware of its powers at a young age,” reflects King. “My grandfather played the fiddle and along with my father, those two were my biggest influences.”  


The Marcus King Band will be performing at Arbeitoer Hall, 1304 S. Wenona, on Friday, March 24th. Doors open at 6:30 pm and showtime is 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00 and available at Electric Kitsch in Bay City, B&D Mini Mart in Munger, and Records & Tapes Galore in Saginaw, as well as at the door. 


“When you start pursuing the architecture of music deeper you discover there are many factors that shape a sound. Growing up at a young age listening to a lot of guitar players I started to realize that each artist that drew me possessed an individual spark; nothing sounded like a regurgitation of something I’d heard before, which is what I wanted to stay away from.”

“The route I took to achieve this goal was by not listening to guitar players, but by starting to sift for different qualities applied by vocalists,” he continues. “I would listen to artists like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, James Brown, and later Sharon Jones, and tried to start applying some of their vocal qualities and nuances to the guitar. And then I’d try doing it with horn players like John Coltrane.  From there I would move to organ players and pedal steel players – anything that wasn’t a guitar, really; so I could get some different ideas about ways to approach the guitar in terms of shaping my sound.”

“I would consciously thread those influences together as I approached each project; and the more you play it becomes more evident that music is a language for our souls to speak through our body,” states Marcus. “The more you hang around somebody you hear a vernacular that they use – a particular way they might phrase something used in everyday conversation that you may not have heard before.”

When Marcus looks at the contemporary scene that he is carving his own niche within and striving to achieve new heights creatively, does he feel that music is commercially and creatively in a good spot right now?

“My goal is to try to make people more aware,” explains Marcus. “Everybody has a need to express themselves and this applies to any kind of artistry, not just music. Even if you enjoy jogging or boxing or any type of hobby,  I believe we pursue these things to get the negative energy out  that’s buried deep inside of us. I feel  people are always molded to repress their emotions so their expression often comes out in a negative way. I’m an advocate for the opposite, so people get their emotions out in a positive way.”

“Too often the music industry attempts to position artists in glorifying positions and puts musicians at each other’s throat,” states Marcus. “Music is not a competition for me. I remember the first talent show that I entered and came away from that experience thinking there was something contrived and not right about it.”

When asked what fans can expect from his upcoming Bay City appearance, Marcus says that while he’ll be covering new material along with material spanning his entire catalogue of material, for this latest tour he is approaching things a bit differently.

“Every show that I perform is different and it really depends upon the crowd,” he reflects. “Choosing and drawing up my set list is a bit like a ball and chain if you stick to it, so I use it more like a guideline.  The band has come together in a way where I know who to cue, as to whatever song will be coming next, and he’ll alert the next guy, who will alert the drummer; and the organ will know right where to fit; but being on the road is like that and we like to make our shows so we can adapt to the energy of the crowd. This is also good for the crowd because they get to engage in a conversation with the musicians on stage musically, while we engage with them in terms of spirit.  The audience sets the tenor of how the show goes.  If we need to get something out or feel something needs to be said that can also happen, because with certain situations I’ll feel something negative in the air and combat that with something like love that’s focused on this whole aura of peace. Musically, we channel energy by our demeanor.”

Are there any specific artists that inspire Marcus or have given him invaluable advice in terms of keeping focused upon what’s important?  “Yeah, lots of folks have given me great advice, “ reflects. “Warren Haynes and Cody Wright both gave me a lot of good advice about keeping music the number one priority; and allowing that to be your focus. It’s important to steer clear or away from whatever inhibits or represses your energy.”

Finally, are there any high-water marks or landmark moments that stand out in Marcus’ mind as epitomizing defining moments in the arc of his career?  “There’s certain things you look back on and then try to vision what’s to come against the backdrop of what’s already been that makes you more content with the place you’re in,”  he notes.

“I think about the first time we opened for Gov’t Mule in my hometown two years ago, which was a big landmark and an added bonus; and recently we performed in Macon, Georgia and the spirits were coming around and I could feel an energy in the room. My father sat in for a song and simultaneously, my amp quit working. My amp was acting out and everything fell apart, but we handled it professionally, which was another important milestone. “

“Basically, you play things off as well as you can and should always remember not to let hardships deter you.  How you handle the good with the bad helped me evolve my attitude as a musician.”

New Noise Album Review

via New Noise Magazine

The second album from Marcus King and company and first with the legendary Warren Haynes turning the knobs, though King is a youngster, barely in his 20s, his blues, country and rock guitar skills far exceed his years. Now expanded to a six piece, the addition of horns add another dimension to their brand of southern rock, where ’70s sounds, funky keys, and soulful jam band ideas come together under King’s uniquely raspy vocals. If the work of Tedeschi Trucks Band or The Allman Brothers mean anything to you, expect The Marcus King Band to occupy a lot of your time.