The Mar­cus King Band

carolina con­fes­sions

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What­ever is giv­ing Mar­cus King the blues it at least has the com­mon de­cency to an­i­mate his cre­ative en­deav­ours, and with a tan­gi­ble au­then­tic­ity here that’s writ large in the vi­o­lence with which he ex­e­cutes a string bend. It’s also writ large in a sear­ing white-heat lead tone that sug­gests that, some­where in the back­line, there’s a Class A combo be­ing driven so hard you could grill steak on the tubes. King’s solo on Homesick should be pre­served in the Smith­so­nian for its tone alone. And the phras­ing? Un­im­peach­able. For all its pointed cathar­sis, Carolina Con­fes­sions has a cel­e­bra­tory feel to tracks such as How Long and the psy­che­delic swamp-funk stomp of Wel­come ’Round Here. That his band have the abil­ity to ef­fort­lessly kill the vol­ume and drop back into af­ter-hours blues to let King’s gui­tar claim the spot­light is one of their most po­tent power moves. And at 22, King is still a colt, but he has wis­dom be­yond his years to keep such tal­ented com­pany in a rhythm sec­tion com­pris­ing Stephen Camp­bell on bass and Jack Ryan on drums. And with De­shawn Alexan­der on keys, Dean Mitchell on sax­o­phone and Justin John­son on trum­pet and trom­bone, the Mar­cus King Band have the chops to write the next chap­ter on blues and soul.

Jonathan Hors­ley

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