New Audio: Marcus King Releases an Effortless and Soulful Ballad

Marcus King is a young, rapidly rising, Greenville, SC-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter and guitarist. The Greenville-born, Nashville-based is a fourth generation musician, who followed in his family’s footsteps. Playing professionally since he was 11, King was discovered after a video of him performing at Norman’s Rare Guitars went viral. At 23, King has been performing for the past 15 years, establishing himself as a world class guitarist and vocalist.

Since 2015, King has been relentlessly touring with his backing band The Marcus King Band — Jack Ryan (drums), Stephen Campbell (bass), Justin Johnson (trumpet, trombone) and Dean Mitchell (sax, still guitar) — playing 140 dates live shows over the course of the past year. Adding to a breakthrough year, King and his backing band have played on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry — and he recently opened for Chris Stapleton during his last US arena tour, playing in front of 17,000 people every night.

Building upon a rapidly rising profile, King’s highly-anticipated, Dan Auerbach-produced full-length debut El Dorado is slated for a January 17, 2020 release through Fantasy Recordings. Continuing their previous successful collaboration together, “How Long,” King’s full-length debut was co-written with Auerbach over three days at his Easy Eye Sound studio — and reportedly, the album is a contemporary sonic exploration of classic rock, blues, southern R&B and country soul.

“Marcus is known by so many as a phenom guitar player, and rightfully so,” Dan Auerbach says of his time working with Marcus King. “He’s regularly the best player in the room, hands down. I was equally blown away by the way he can sing — so effortless, so soulful, straight to the heart. He’s a naturally gifted writer too, which was clear right away. Everything for him is so innate — that’s why he can always go right to the heart of a song and connect in a deeper way. He’s really one of a king and I’m proud I got to work alongside him on this record.”

Interestingly, El Dorado‘s second and latest single “Wildflowers and Wine” is a slow-burning track that’s one part Muscle Shoals soul, one part Southern rock, one part R&B and one part classic blues centered around a lush arrangement of twinkling keys, a soulful backing vocal section and a sinuous bass pair line paired with King’s vocals. And while being clearly indebted to 70s AM radio, the song manages to be a carefully crafted and self-assured bit of soulful pop, which manages to belie King’s relative youth while being a perfect vehicle for a his blues-tinged guitar work and his exceptional and effortlessly soulful vocals.

King and his backing band are currently on a lengthy Stateside and European Union tour that includes a December 21, 2019 stop at The Beacon Theatre. New dates have been added as well. Check out the tour dates below.




NOV 5 TUE – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge

NOV 7 THU – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

NOV 8 FRI – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen

NOV 9 SAT – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall

NOV 10 SUN – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

NOV 12 TUE – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre

NOV 14 THU – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

NOV 15 FRI – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue

NOV 16 SAT – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

NOV 17 SUN – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall

NOV 19 TUE – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection

NOV 21 THU – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theatre

NOV 22 FRI – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

NOV 23 SAT – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

NOV 24 SUN – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

DEC 3 TUE – Macon, GA – Macon City Auditorium – Marcus King Solo,

DEC 5 THU – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre

DEC 6 FRI – Durham, NC – Carolina Theater

DEC 7 SAT – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

DEC 8 SUN – Washington DC – 9:30 Club

DEC 10 TUE – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

DEC 12 THU – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall

DEC 13 FRI – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

DEC 14 SAT – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

DEC 15 SUN – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

DEC 17 TUE – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

DEC 18 WED – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

DEC 19 THU – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

DEC 20 FRI – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre & Perf Arts Center

DEC 21 SAT – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre

DEC 28 SAT – Macon, GA – Macon City Auditorium

DEC 29 SUN – Augusta, GA – Miller Theater

DEC 30 MON – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre

DEC 31 TUE – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre

JAN 7-12 – Jam Cruise 2020 – Marcus King solo, Miami, FL, United States

JAN 24 – Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico

JAN 26 SUN – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

JAN 27 MON – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

JAN 28 TUE – San Diego, CA – Music Box

JAN 30 THR – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas

JAN 31 FRI – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

FEB 1 SAT – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

FEB 4 TUE – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

FEB 6 THR – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades

FEB 7 FRI – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre

FEB 8 SAT – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

FEB 9 SUN – Vancouver, BC, Canada – The Commodore Ballroom

FEB 11 TUE – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

FEB 13 THR – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

FEB 14 FRI – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater

FEB 15 SAT – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

FEB 21 FRI – Leeds, UK – The Wardrobe

FEB 22 SAT – Glasgow, UK – Oran More

FEB 23 SUN – Dublin, IE – Whelans

FEB 25 TUE – London, UK – Electric Ballroom

FEB 26 WED – Manchester, UK – Academy 3

FEB 27 THR – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

FEB 28 FRI – Bristol, UK – Thekla

MAR 1 SUN – Paris, FR – L’Alhambra

MAR 2 MON – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique

MAR 3 TUE – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

MAR 4 WED – Enschede, NL – Metropool Enschede

MAR 5 THR – Cologne, DE – Kantine

MAR 7 SAT – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen Neukölln

MAR 8 SUN – Hamburg, DE – Mojo Club

MAR 9 MON – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Jr.


APR 10-12 – Byron Bay Bluesfest – Tyagarah, Australia

APR 13 MON – Metro Theatre – Sydney, NSW, Australia

APR 15 WED – Croxton Park Hotel – Melbourne, VIC, Australia

APR 16 THR – Powerstation – Auckland, New Zealand