first_imgThe Marcus King Band is currently in the middle of a run through Colorado, and came to Fort Collins, CO’s Hodi’s Half Note for a mid-week rocker of a show last night. To say Marcus King is a solid “up and coming” guitarist would be the understatement of the year. This kid is the straight truth and is already on the path to legitimate superstardom.With an accomplished backing band consisting of Jack Ryan (drums), Matt Jennings (organ/keys), Stephen Campbell (bass), Justin Johnson (trumpet/trombone/vocals), and Dean Mitchell (sax), King is able to take the lead and leave everyone in attendance in awe with his sheer brilliance on the guitar, and super gritty, yet soulful voice. This is that southern blues rock that legends are made of, and King is ready to have the torch passed his way.The group ran through new tracks from the recent self-titled album, which was released on October 7th via Warren Haynes‘ label Evil Teen Records, and features Waynes himself, as well as Derek Trucks. “Rita Is Gone > Dave’s Apparition (Interlude),” which eventually made its way into The Temptations‘ “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” was a particular segment that saw King and company firing on all cylinders. A cover of Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs” was a welcome addition to the set as well, giving a touch of metal edge to that southern soul.For the encore, King came out solo for a beautiful rendition of “I Won’t Be Here,” the last track on 2015’s Soul Insight. It was a fitting end to the evening, as both King and the crowd sang along to the chorus in unison, “I won’t be here, if you ever change your mind,” proving just why Greenville, SC’s first-born son will leave his lasting mark on the music world for many years to come. Check out some video from the performance below:“War Pigs” (Black Sabbath):“Rita’s Gone > Dave’s Apparition (Interlude)”:“Papa Was A Rolling Stone”:last_img

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