Southern soul act about to have a huge year

Marcus King is only 23, but he’s been playing music professionally for a dozen years. About five years ago, his name got passed around even more after an impromptu performance of a blues number at Norman’s Rare Guitars outside of Los Angeles; the video now has more than a million views. 

Fast forward to 2019, and the Marcus King Band is set to release a much-anticipated album, El Dorado, in January on Fantasy Records. King’s voice oozes Southern soul, and the guy can play guitar like Stevie Ray Vaughan. And while that’s a formidable combo, some singers and guitarists tend to waste those skills on guitar heroics and vocal theatrics with little regard to songwriting. 

King, though, is no slouch in the songwriting department, especially on just-released single “One Day She’s Here,” co-written with Pat McLaughlin and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who also produced El Dorado. Playing with a crack band of longtime session musicians, plus a killer string section, King sounds at home on this new track, perhaps more so than on previous single “The Well.”

The Marcus King Band will visit the Newport Music Hall tonight (Friday, Dec. 13) with opener Ian Noe. If you miss King this time around, you can catch him again in a few months when he brings the band back to town to open up for Chris Stapleton at the Schottenstein Center on April 23.

Check out “One Day She’s Here” below.