Watch List: Lose Yourself In The Soulful Virtuosity Of The Marcus King Band
Having 'it' - that nebulous, quicksilver phenomenon that all artists dream of, yet only a few possess - is not a negotiable concept; you either have 'it', or you don't. Marcus King has 'it' in spades, and then some. Graced with a fret-board virtuosity that can enthrall and enrapture courtesy of its intricacy and vivacity and vocal chops that resonate with soulfully stunning passion and power, King truly is one of those rare talents who personifies the concept of being 'blessed' with a musical gift. Combining jazz, rock, blues, psychedelia, funk, and soul into a seamlessly mesmerizing whole, King's years of honing his skills in clubs is now coming to fruition with genuinely breath-taking authority and wonder.
Inspired by the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Miles Davis, Lettuce, Gov't Mule and Tedeschi Trucks Band, King and his 'The Marcus King Band' - Jack Ryan (Drums), Stephen Campbell (Bass), Justin Johnson (Trumpet/Trombone/Background vocals/Tambourine) and Matt Jennings (Organ/ Keyboards) - can conjure up everything from melodically emotive acoustic intimacies to the raucous, soul-shakin' release of blazing solos, churning riffs, ebullient horns and dynamic drums. Already having opened for the Foo Fighters, Johnny Winter and Gov't Mule, King and band's first album, 'Soul Insight', was picked up by Gov't Mule leader Warren Haynes' Evil Teen label, and the five-piece are set to rock the crowds at this years SXSW.