With Leah Blevins
A 25-year-old guitar phenom and innovative songwriter, Marcus King can simultaneously switch fromswaggering rock to supersonic soul, having writtensongs and performing onstage for half his lifetime.All five members of the band—drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell,trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, keyboard player, and sax player Chris Spies—create a blistering,yet soulful unit thathas honed their synergy through endless touring.Marcus started learning guitar at age three or four. He has played professionally since he was 11 andalways knew he wanted to make music his life. A fourth-generation musician, Marcus has followed inhisfamily’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live.This year he launched a Signature Gibson custom guitar modeled after the ES-345 his grandfather usedto play.From the start, Marcus earned rave reviews for his kinetic musicianship withThe Washington Postdescribing him as a “guitar phenom.” His debut solo album, El Dorado topped the Americana radiocharts and has received critical acclaim from the likes ofNPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter,andRolling Stone, who described him as an“electrifying rock performer.” Marcus recently completed a stringof dates with Chris Stapleton, who called him “one of his favorite artists” when he joined him onstage.Marcus King continues to re-write his fast moving and surprising story. You can hear change in thewisdom of his lyrics and deeply soulful vocals, bringing sheer musical command to every performance.