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"The Marcus King Band"

““When he straps on his guitar and weaves Jazz, Southern Rock and Soul into a tapestry all his own, it gets even harder to reconcile the sound with the person creating it””
- Greenville Journal


"Belly Up to The Marcus King Band at Tavern Under the Bridge in Anderson"

Marcus King has had a long career in music that would spawn jealousy in many players with years of experience. He was mentored by his father, Marvin King, in the correct ways to wield a blues axe; he's played festivals and club dates and he's currently taking the plunge with a band that features his own name in the title.

Not bad for a sophomore in high school.

King was playing club dates and festivals like Downtown Sounds in the Marvin King Blues Revival Band back when he was only 13 years old. Although he continues to value the advice of his father, King eventually wanted to get out from under his shadow. King and his band will perform at Tavern Under the Bridge this weekend and he sees shows like this as just the beginning of a long career in music.

"I'm graduating high school early because I want the freedom to get out and just play," King said. "I'll have an extra year to see what I can do with this band."

King is not averse to formal music education and he's kicking around the idea of pursuing some sort of music degree. On his own time, King has taken several courses with acclaimed jazz musician Steve Watson at the Anderson Fine Arts Center and he said he is intrigued by how an education in music would mold his talents.

However, that's all up in the air until the high school diploma is in hand. For now, King is content playing his house gig at Chicora Alley in Greenville on the first and last Saturday of every month while balancing other show dates and school work. Brushing up on math and history is fine and all, but King's true education takes place on the live stage.

"We're trying to play as much as we can right now," King said. "The band might have my name in it but I'm not a dictator; this is a democracy."

King is joined on stage by bassist Anthony House, organist Brendan Williamson and drummer Jason Owens. King said the band goes for a full sound and although they have King's trademark blues sound, they also go off on extreme funk, jazz and soulful tangents. Several of King's own originals will most likely be on display at Tavern this weekend, such as the upbeat instrumental "Sherry Berry" and "Land Shark," a song King wrote about his own Pontiac Transport.

As for covers, King usually dabbles in the work of his heroes, namely Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks. King said he not only admires the music of Haynes and Trucks but their approach to business and their own images.

"[Haynes and Trucks] do what they want to do and they've proven there's a market for that," King said. "I don't want to be a franchise or something I'm not; I just want a following of people that dig what I do." - Independent Mail.Com- By Michael Staton


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Marcus King began playing the guitar when he was two years old; growing up surrounded by three generations of guitar players, now at the age of 18, it’s Marcus who will be leading his band to a steady rise. The Marcus King Band brings together Rock, Funk, Blues, and Jazz into a perfect melodic blend. Their influences span from the Allman Brothers Band and The Meters to Miles Davis and B.B. King. The Marcus King Band is a quartet with Kariji Jones on Organ/Keyboards, Anthony House on Bass, Tracey Littlejohn on Drums/Vocals, and Marcus King on Guitar/Lead Vocals.