The Marcus King Band


Young songwriter Marcus King’s debut album, Soul Insight, out now via Warren Haynes’ Evil Teen records, displays his stunning command of rock, blues, psychedelia, funk, soul and improvisation—all with a distinctly southern musical accent.

Thanks to his father, blues-gospel musician Marvin, and his grandfather, Bill, a performer and mentor to other musicians, King grew up with blues and country music.

“From a really young age, I was always banging around on something,” King said. “I really knew what I wanted to do, almost immediately. I had a real strong passion towards it.”

King’s talents and trajectory have already led his band across the country, and he’s opening shows for the Foo Fighters, Johnny Winter and, of course, Gov’t Mule and its leader, Warren Haynes. King emerged from his native Greenville, South Carolina, and its sister city, Asheville, North Carolina, where Haynes was born. He hit Haynes’ radar thanks to the reputation the young artist has earned with his incendiary live performances.

“Recording the album was a really organic experience,” says King, who also produced Soul Insight. “Whether I wrote the song or, in the case of the instrumentals, we developed them together as a band, we’d played them long enough so we were really comfortable with the material. And we lived at the studio while we were recording, so it was really laid back and comfortable. That let me relax and play my best.”

How good is King’s best? Good enough that Haynes picked up the album for his Evil Teen label and has signed on to produce its follow-up.

Band Members:
Marcus King – Guitar/Vocals
Jack Ryan – Drums
Stephen Campbell – Bass
Justin “JJ” Johnson – Trumpet/Trombone
Matt Jennings – Organ/Keyboards
Dean Mitchell – Saxophone

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Performance date/time: June 11, 2016 9:15pm
Stage: Main Stage

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