MARCUS KING RELEASES SONG BEAUTIFUL STRANGER AND WILL APPEAR ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE
WATCH VIDEO OF IN STUDIO ACOUSTIC PERFORMING
WITH DAN AUERBACH HERE
DAN AUERBACH PRODUCED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
EL DORADO OUT ON FANTASY RECORDS, JANUARY 17
PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW
SHOW IN VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 9
"He used to be an insecure outcast. Now the guitarist is introducing southern rock to a new generation." - ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
"Just 23, but his music reveals an old soul." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Soulful blend of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock, and blues.” - FLOOD MAGAZINE
“Sure to grab the hearts, minds and ears of everyone from the rock clubs to the Grand Ole Opry.” - AMERICAN SONGWRITER
“King’s exceptional voice is the main attraction.” - PASTE
Toronto, ON – January 10, 2020– Marcus King today shared a new song, Beautiful Stranger. Timeless vintage soul with shimmering steel and haunting gospel harmonies, the song features Marcus’ rasping vocals which take centre stage on his solo debut record, El Dorado. The release has established him as one of the most soulful voices of his generation and is set to be his most critically acclaimed yet. El Dorado, produced by Dan Auerbach will be released next week on Fantasy Records, on January 17. Marcus will make his Jimmy Kimmel Live debut on January 15.
Discussing the song, Marcus stated, "Beautiful Stranger is a story about longing, searching for love. We tried to paint a picture of a dim lit bar, lost souls finding one another before last call."
The new track is written by 23-year-old vocal and guitar phenomenon Marcus, alongside Dan Auerbach and Paul Overstreet. It features drummer Gene Chrisman, keyboardist Bobby Wood and bassist Dave Roe, legendary musicians who have graced classic recordings by the likes of Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.
The album’s highly anticipated first single, The Well premiered recently via Rolling Stone Magazine who featured him on the cover of The Mix in their latest issue. Rolling Stone’s insightful profile explored Marcus’ fascinating story which saw him initially struggle to fit in at school and even faced the possibility of spending time in a juvenile detention centre for truancy. Talking to Rolling Stone, Marcus stated, “They were trying to put me away, trying to put me into a juvenile detention center, trying to shave my head, put me in jail. And I was like, ‘I didn’t do anything. I just missed a couple of days of class”
Marcus overcame these challenges, using music as a therapy, helping him deal with issues around mental health and loss to become a professional guitarist at eleven years old. He discovered in his teens after a video of him performing at Norman’s Rare Guitars went viral, Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician who followed in his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live. King recently made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry, playing his grandfather’s guitar. The moment was recently captured in a video documentary, which can be watched here.
El Dorado, a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, has widespread support from tastemakers American Songwriter, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Flood Magazine and Paste and is receiving dedicated support at Triple A radio, including KCRW. The Well’s cinematic video also premiered via Relix with hundreds of thousands of views in weeks. Marcus is currently on a 75+ date world tour in the US, Australia, Japan, Europe, and more, with The Marcus King Band. Multiple dates sold out including The Beacon Theatre in New York which was profiled by The New York Times and a show in Vancouver on February 9.
Marcus has also found time to meet Bill Murray, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton, who proclaimed himself a fan of Marcus at his Crossroads Festival. He has developed his own signature guitar with Gibson, created a signature amp with Orange Amps, appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, perform with Chris Stapleton on his US arena tour as well as curate his own namesake festival - The Marcus King Band Family Reunion.
El Dorado will be released January 17, 2020 on Fantasy Records in association with Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound. Available to pre-order now. Please visit: mk.lnk.to/eldorado.
The Marcus King Band founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013, is Marcus’ honored foundation. Drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax/steel guitarist Dean Mitchell along with Marcus—bring an irreplaceable combination of commitment, craft and soul to their work and are one of the hardest working bands today.
MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES:
January 7-12 - Jam Cruise 2020 - Marcus King solo, Miami, FL, United States
January 24 - Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
January 26 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
January 28 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
January 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
January 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
February 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
February 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 6 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
February 7 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
February 9 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
February 11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
February 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
February 21 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
February 22 - Glasgow, UK - Oran More
February 23 - Dublin, IE – Whelans
February 25 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
February 27 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
February 28 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 1 - Paris, FR - L’Alhambra
March 2 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
March 3- Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
March 4- Enschede, NL - Metropool Enschede
March 5 - Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 7- Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukölln
March 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club
March 9 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Jr.
March 20 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum - with Chris Stapleton
March 21 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall - with Chris Stapleton
April 5 - Tokyo, JP - Billboard Live Tokyo
April 7 - Osaka, JP - Billboard Live Osaka
April 10-12 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
April 15 - Croxton Park Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
April 16 - Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand
April 22 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 24-26 - Atlanta, GA - Sweetwater 420 Festival
April 30 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 2 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
June 21- Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop Festival