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Interview:
Marcus King Band at Saint Andrews Hall, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Ask any music fan about hot young guitarists and Marcus King's name will surely come up.



The South Carolina-raised musician has earned both critical and peer praise with his three albums -- including "Carolina Confessions," which came out during October -- and heavy touring schedule. His Marcus King Band was on the road this summer as part of the Tedeschi Trucks Band's Wheels of Soul package, and now he's playing his own dates in support of his latest release.



King sings about "Where I'm Headed" on one of the new tracks, and anyone who's paying attention knows that direction is nowhere but up...



Unlike his previous releases, King says by phone that he wanted "Carolina Confessions" to showcase more than just his guitar skills. "I wanted this record to focus a little bit more on songwriting and the structure of the tune itself." That led to a loose concept for the 10-songs set, which King describes as "the confessional side of things. Music, for me, is a way to say what's on my mind and kind of a way to explain that -- just like true confession, if you feel guilty and want to get some things off your chest. That's how writing is and making music is for me."



But King fans can be assured there are plenty of six-string fireworks on the album, particularly on longer workouts such as "Homesick," "How Long" (co-written with Dan Auerbach and Pat McLaughlin) and the title track. "I still wanted there to be that aspect of it. That's kind of hand and hand for me as far as expressing myself. Playing is another way for me to get things out there that I'm feeling. We didn't want it to be necessarily a guitar-driven record or a singer-songwriter record; We wanted it to be well-rounded and not have too much of any one thing, and I hope that's how it comes across."



King wrote much of "Carolina Confessions'" material in France during his last European tour and found both working with Cobb and recording in RCA's iconic Studio A to be inspiring. "That studio had some really friendly ghosts in there. You can really feel that energy. Cobb, meanwhile, distinguished himself by playing along on acoustic guitar while King and his band were tracking the songs. "I'd overdub an acoustic part, or wouldn't if it didn't need it, but just having him in there rather than hearing it through the glass in the control room with us was really cool.



The Marcus King Band and Ida Mae play Saturday, Dec. 1, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $23 and $60. 313-961-8137 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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