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.

 

THE MARCUS KING BAND ‘EL DORADO’ TOUR DATES

(NEW DATES IN BOLD)

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

 

 

 

 

 

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