Marcus King is one of those people who makes you think, “What have I accomplished so far in my life?” At only twenty years old, this musical prodigy plays songwriter, guitarist, singer, and bandleader for the critically-acclaimed blues/soul band The Marcus King Band. King was WXPN’s Artist to Watch last August, and he returns to Philly this Friday for a show at the World Cafe Live.
The band, which includes Marcus King on lead vocals and guitar, Jack Ryan on drums and percussion, Stephen Campbell on bass, Matt Jennings on keys and organ, Dean Mitchell on saxophone, and Justin Johnson on trumpet, trombone and backing vocals, just released their self-titled sophomore album. The Marcus King Band surpasses their 2015 debut effort Soul Insight, touching upon everything from funky R&B to Southern soul and Americana in the process. King bounces between several instruments, handling electric and acoustic guitar — as well as pedal and lap steel — while driving each track home with his soulful, incendiary voice. With this album he gives soul singers twice, even thrice, his age a run for their money.
The album also includes a number of the band’s mentors and collaborators, including Derek Trucks (who plays guitar on “Self-Hatred”) and Warren Haynes, who in addition to producing the album, adds his trademark slide guitar on “Virginia.”
Unfortunately, their show at World Cafe Live this Friday has sold out, but you can listen and purchase their latest album here. Then make sure to follow the band to know the next time they come to Philly!