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The Marcus King Band

Led by a young artist who plays and sings with an impressive degree of seasoned maturity and passion, the Marcus King Band play a hearty mixture of soul, blues, rock, and jazz, with Marcus King fronting the group on lead vocals and guitar. King was born in Greenville, South Carolina on March 11, 1996. His father, Marvin King, was a well-known blues guitarist in South Carolina who also played with gospel acts, and his grandfather was also a regionally popular musician. Marcus was barely out of diapers when he first picked up a guitar, and at age eight, he started playing shows with his father. In his teens, he began playing out with his own band, juggling club gigs at night and school in the morning as he and his bandmates barnstormed with what they called "soul-influenced psychedelic Southern rock." In 2015, the Marcus King Band -- King on guitar and lead vocals, Alex Abercrombie on keyboards and backing vocals, Anthony House on bass, and Jack Ryan on drums -- released their debut album, Soul Insight. Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule checked out the band and liked what he heard; he tapped the Marcus King Band to open shows for Gov't Mule and reissued Soul Insight on his Evil Teen Records label. Haynes' championing of the group helped spread the news about their music, and the band soon landed a record deal with the venerable independent label Fantasy Records. Personnel shakeups led to a new lineup of the Marcus King Band, with Abercrombie and House leaving the group, while King and Ryan were joined by Stephen Campbell on bass, Matt Jennings on keyboards, Dean Mitchell on sax, and Justin Johnson on trumpet and trombone. The new edition of the Marcus King Band went into Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut with Warren Haynes serving as producer, and cut their second album mostly live in the studio. The Marcus King Band was released by Fantasy in October 2016, with the group touring extensively in support. A third full-length, Carolina Confessions, arrived in 2018, landing at number two on blues chart.
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