THE MARCUS KING BAND Release Video for ‘Goodbye Carolina’

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AKEN FROM THE ALBUM
CAROLINA CONFESSIONS
OUT NOW VIA SNAKEFARM RECORDS
LISTEN HERE

UK HEADLINE DATES IN JUNE

PLUS FESTIVAL APPEARANCES AT
ISLE OF WIGHT / BLACK DEER

The Marcus King Band have released the video for ‘Goodbye Carolina’, a poignant, lyrical ballad from their critically acclaimed album Carolina Confessions. The band have also announced a number of UK headline shows this June alongside appearances at The Isle Of Wight and Black Deer Festivals.

The video, directed by Tess Lafia and shot in Nashville, is a stunning portrayal of the pain and struggle of change, a subject that resonates with King, who recently moved to Music City from his native Greenville, South Carolina.

“With all my material, I like the listener to draw their own conclusion as to the meaning of the lyrics; I want the song to be what it means to you,” Marcus remarks. “That being said, ‘Goodbye Carolina’ came to me in a daydream, an apparition of a dear songwriter friend we had lost only a year prior. I wrote from his perspective, and often feel the song was written through me. The lyrics simultaneously describe my need to break out and escape the bad memories, loss and pain associated with my hometown, using the state as a personification of things I decided to leave behind.”

The Marcus King Band have become one of the most exciting new arrivals in American music. The band — guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Marcus King, drummer Jack Ryan, bassist Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell and keyboard player DeShawn ‘D-Vibes’ Alexander – are fresh from a standout week at this year’s SXSW, including searing sets at Willie Nelson’s Luck Revival and Antone’s, which Rolling Stone named one of the festival’s 30 best performances.

The band also recently performed a mesmerising version of ‘Goodbye Carolina’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert — watch HERE.

The video release comes as the soulful rockers embark on a high-profile international tour this summer, which sees them currently on their second trip to Japan for the Billboard Live Festival, before playing dates in Australia as a part of the Byron Bay Bluesfest, then returning home for three headlining dates at The Brooklyn Bowl in June prior to heading across to Europe and the UK.

The band then return to the States in early July to join country music juggernaut Chris Stapleton on his All-American Road Show tour. Most recently it was announced that MKB will perform as part of the historic Woodstock 50 Festival this August.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.marcuskingband.com

JUNE 2019 UK DATES

Sat 15th – Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight Festival
Sun 16th – Holmfirth, Holmfirth Picturedrome
Tue 18th – Leeds, The Wardrobe
Wed 19th – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Fri 21st – Kent, Black Deer Festival

The MARCUS KING BAND Release New Single ‘Where I’m Headed’

THE MARCUS KING BAND

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REVEAL NEW TRACK
‘WHERE I’M HEADED’
LISTEN HERE

NEW ALBUM
CAROLINA CONFESSIONS
OUT OCTOBER 5th VIA SNAKEFARM RECORDS
PREORDER THE ALBUM HERE

HEADLINE UK TOUR DATES IN OCTOBER

The fast-rising Marcus King Band have revealed a new track, ‘Where I’m Headed’, taken from their upcoming / third studio album Carolina Confessions, out October 5th via Snakefarm Records on CD, vinyl & DL.

‘Where I’m Headed’ is the latest song to be showcased from the album, following on from ‘Homesick’ & ‘Welcome ’Round Here’. Blending emotive brass with soulful gospel backing vocals, the track is a driving and uplifting journey from laidback acoustic tones through to howling solos, spotlighting Marcus’ virtuosic guitar playing and impassioned vocal talents.

“I wrote it about a very special lady,” he says of the track. “It’s to do with always being on the road and not really knowing where you’re going next. A lot of times people ask where we’re going and I don’t really remember without looking at the tour book. So I’m saying to her that I don’t know where I’m headed, but I know you’ll be there.”

Produced & mixed by Grammy award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton / Sturgill Simpson) at Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio A, Carolina Confessions sees 22-year-old Marcus and his band taking a major leap forwards in terms of song-writing, production, musical dexterity and emotional weight. The featured tracks, including lead UK single ‘Welcome ’Round Here’, a potent mix of blues-soaked guitars and intoxicating crescendos, find the group’s trademark sound buoyed by a new narrative depth, as Marcus delves into heavy themes: absolution, guilt, leaving home, yearning, love and other affairs of the soul.

The album features 10 brand new songs, all penned by Marcus except for ‘How Long’, a co-write with The Black KeysDan Auerbach and veteran songwriter Pat McLaughlin. Throughout the record, Marcus – born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina – exhibits an almost Southern gothic sensibility in his songs, owning up to failed relationships, portraying the complex connection with his hometown, and generally displaying an expansive musical firmament in the process.

A Blue Ridge Mountain boy, Marcus has been writing songs and performing onstage for half of his lifetime, and fronting his own groups for nearly a decade. Since he was a teenager, he’s been trading licks with famous fans and mentors Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks – indeed, so blown away was Haynes by the then-19-year-old that he signed him to his Evil Teen label, releasing the band’s debut album, ‘Soul Insight’, in 2015 and producing the self-titled follow-up a year later.

Simply, Marcus and his five band-mates – drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter / trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell and keyboard player DeShawn ‘D-Vibes’ Alexander – are on a mission to create a fresh musical experience effortlessly combining rock, blues and soul into a dynamic and atmospheric sound.

Watch the album teaser here.

CAROLINA CONFESSIONS TRACK-LIST (physical sequence)

1) Confessions
2) Where I’m Headed
3) Homesick
4) 8 a.m.
5) How Long
6) Remember
7) Side Door
8) Autumn Rains
9) Welcome ‘Round Here
10) Goodbye Carolina

The UK dates in October come in the wake of a huge US run taking in shows on the Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Wheels of Soul Tour, plus headline appearances in New York, Boston, Nashville, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Marcus also has his own ‘Family Reunion’ music festival in North Carolina.

OCTOBER 2018 UK TOUR DATES
25th – Bristol, The Fleece
26th – London, Islington Assembly Hall
27th – Manchester, Night & Day Café
28th – Glasgow, Stereo

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