Marcus King Band 12.23.16
Words By Taylor Hall
Photos By Bain Stewert Media
This holiday season Greenville was treated to Marcus King Band's first annual Holiday Homecoming show. The band partnered up with Cannabis Forward, and held a silent auction at Gottrocks for their inaugural holiday shows. The band played two sets, intertwining both covers and originals, and hosted a few of Marcus' favorite guests.
The show started around ten to a sold out crowd. The last few MKB shows have been sold out in Greenville since the band released Soul Insight. MKB kicked off the night with a song off their most recent release titled "Self-Hatred." This song features Derek Trucks on the album version, and though he was not present to sit-in this evening, the song was a fit way to start the night.
A couple songs later the band would hit into their rendition of "Dear Prudence," a song they've been covering since early in their career. This song really showcases Marcus' powerful vocal range and his dexterity on guitar as he switches between country twang and soulful blues licks with ease. The highlight of the set was a medley combining songs from Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. The band was firing on all cylinders and left the crowd on a high note.
The second set began with Marcus on acoustic and Mike Bagwell on pedal steel for a couple of originals. Following Mike Bagwell, local guitarist Charles Hedgepath took the stage to join the band in a double cover, which featured both the Grateful Dead and Marshall Tucker Band's versions of "Fire On The Mountain." The upstate was alive and well when the band broke into Marshall Tucker Band, a band most of us grew up with just down the road.
A couple songs later the band would host Vincent Crow to the stage. Vincent went to the fine arts center in Greenville with Marcus growing up, they both learned under Steve Watson. Vincent currently is attending Berkley and can be seen sitting in with MKB for their Boston shows. The first song they broke into was "Thespian Espionage," a mind melting jazz rock song that has the essence of Jeff Beck and ABB written all over it. Vincent stayed on for one more track pushing out perhaps the best performance of "Honey" I've witnessed over the years.
Next to the stage would be the horn section from Travers Brothership sitting in for a killer version of "Time Is On Your Side" by Earth, Wind, & Fire. Following the horn line would be Marcus' father, Marvin King to the stage. He would join the band on two country classics. First would be an upbeat version of "Swinging Doors," followed by the fiddler's national anthem "Orange Blossom Special." A real fitting way to end a night chalk-full of Country, Blues, Jazz, and Funk.
Set One: Self Hatred, Opie, Dear Prudence, Slip Back, Everything, Whatchu Want > You Pulled the Trigger > I Can’t Quit Ya#, The Last Song, Sin’s a Good Man’s Brother > Moby Dick > War Pigs
Set Two: Sorry Bout Your Lover^, The Highway is My Home^, Change over banter, Fire on the Mountain* > Fire on the Mountain##, Side Door Open, Thespian Espionnage$, Honey$, The Man You Didn’t Know, Time is on Your Side#, Swinging Doors**, Orange Blossom Special**
# with Travers Brothership (Alex Bradley and Kyle Snuffer) Horns and Marcus White
^ with Marcus on acoustic and Mike Bagwell on pedal steel
* Grateful Dead cover, Charles Hedgepath on guitar and vocals
## Marshall Tucker Band cover, Charles on guitar and Mike on pedal steel
$ with Vincent Crow on guitar
** with Marvin King on guitar