by Emery Columna –
Here is a kid with a TON of potential!
My friend Scott Phillips at Mahalo Amplification strongly encouraged me to check out Marcus King a couple weeks ago, so I went on You Tube and the first video I saw was Dying. I am like, holy smokes! Let me check out more. So I did and I dug it and then went about getting a hold of his PR and they got me his Digital Media Pack the next day.
That right there is an indictment of the Major Label system as it exists today. It is very difficult to get a hold of anyone in PR at the Major Labels. It is like penetrating the Death Star.
Leave it to the groovy independents to lead the way back to how it should be handled. 20 years ago it wasn’t like this. I could call up any label and get a live person at the other end and they would take care of whatever I wanted. No wonder it is all going down the tubes.
If you ever need good PR for your music, look up Chart Room Media. They are great!
And we move on.
I haven’t felt this way about a guitar player since I told my brother about Derek Trucks the first time I heard him and how eerily similar Derek is to Duane Allman.
And along comes Marcus who was heavily impacted by The Allman Brothers “Hittin’ The Note” album. He definitely has a love for and understanding of Southern Rock, but that’s not all there is in the bag Marcus carries. I hope someday Marcus puts out a Blues album because he can easily go into that direction when the time comes…
You might ask, what struck you first about Marcus King? It’s really funny, but the first thing I notice about a guitarist that can sing is his voice and then his guitar. To me, Marcus King’s voice is like Gregg Allman and Ray Lamontagne having coffee together. Really good coffee.
I hope his management gets Marcus a vocal coach to help him protect his precious voice. His voice is something to be cared for… God bless the child that’s got his own.
And so the guitar… I can hear that he really digs The Allman Brothers, but this is as it should be. I do not believe that Marcus has found his own voice on the guitar yet, but neither did Kenny Wayne Shepherd or Joe Bonamassa when they were 19. What’s really gonna bake your noodle is at times, Marcus’ choice of notes comes close to what Carlos Santana would do. …Glimpses of what will be.
The strength of what Marcus King is all about is in his songwriting. Marcus is an old soul. His songs don’t sound like the synthetic teeny bopper shit you hear on the radio these days. The songs on Soul Insight will hold up 20 years from now. They are that strong.
Fraudulent Waffle is an ode to The Allman Brothers Band.
Do yourself a favor and listen to Honey. That is my favorite song on the album and I would strongly recommend that Marcus’ people take that one to radio!
No Decency, Dying and Keep Moving are also songs I really dig. Opie is a song that will stick in your head for days and make you hate Ron Howard.
What about the band!? Well give the band some! Percussion, a one-man horn section, a drummer who manages to sound like two drummers, a smooth bass guitarist and some righteous keyboards fill out The Marcus King Band’s sound.
Where is Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd when I need them? They would have dug this kid and nurtured him. Damn, I miss the Record Men! This industry is run by clowns now.
Marcus King deserves to have a prosperous career in Music. Long may you run, brother!
MAAF BOX RATING:
MAAF BOX LISTENING PLEASURE: Boone, Fraudulent Waffle, HONEY, Everything, No Decency, Dying, Booty Stank, Opie, Keep Moving.