Music News- The Marcus King Band have already given us reason to believe they are destined for great things. At 22 years of age, Marcus King has been a bandleader for a decade and tipped as "music's next great guitarist" by the Washington Post. But the band's daring, ambitious new album, Carolina Confessions, marks an artistic leap of another order. Set to release on October 5th, 2018 via Fantasy Records, the album was produced and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded at Nashville's iconic RCA Studio A. And it finds the band's trademark musicianship buoyed by a new narrative depth, as Marcus delves into heavy themes: absolution, guilt, leaving home, yearning, love and other affairs of the soul.
The band have shared two new tracks from the album. Listen to lead single "Homesick" and "Welcome 'Round Here" below.
Pre-order Carolina Confessions at marcuskingband.com.
Carolina Confessions features 10 brand-new songs, all written by Marcus except for "How Long," which was co-written with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and veteran songwriter Pat McLaughlin. Whether it's the searing rock exorcism of "Confessions" or the propulsive road-bound soul of "Where I'm Headed," Marcus exhibits an almost Southern gothic sensibility in his songs, owning up to failed relationships, portraying his complex connection with his hometown, arraying a sprawling musical firmament in the process.
Marcus and his five bandmates -- drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell and keyboard player DeShawn "D'Vibes" Alexander -- are in top form on Carolina Confessions, exhibiting an intuitive sense of control and expression as they tackle their most sonically layered and emotionally complex compositions to date.
The Marcus King Band makes their late night debut on CONAN on August 28th. Coinciding with the release of Carolina Confessions, this fall will also see the return of the band's own Marcus King Band Family Reunion Festival on October 5th-6th in Black Mountain, NC. Special guests at the Family Reunion will include the Revivalists, Nikki Lane, Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones) and others. Later in the fall, The Marcus King Band will embark on a worldwide headlining tour; see below for a complete list of upcoming dates.
Carolina Confessions Track list:
"Where I'm Headed"
"Welcome 'Round Here"