Marcus King – 12 Impressive Facts You Didn’t Know
Marcus King is a blues/Southern rock guitarist and singer extraordinaire. Both as leader of The Marcus King Band and as a solo artist, Marcus shines. He started playing shows with his father when he was 8 years old and was featured on one of his dad’s albums when he was 11.
For more impressive facts you didn’t know about Marcus King, keep reading.
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When He Was 15 He Sneaked Into The Orange Peel Club in Asheville, North Carolina And Nearly Got Arrested
Marcus wanted to give Warren Haynes, The Allman Brothers Band guitarist, a demo of himself. He says “I snuck in with the caterers, now the owner and I are good friends, but at the time he wanted to throw me in jail”. A short while after that event, Marcus got his demo to Warren through a mutual friend.
He Was Once A Pizza Parlor Employee
Marcus says “I had a gig at a pizza parlor, I worked there for a while, and it just wasn’t for me, obviously. So after I got out of school, I just hit the road and I never looked back”
He Named His 2022 Album After His Nickname
Marcus King’s 2022 album “Young Blood” takes its name from the nickname given to him by The Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe. Marcus says that it’s a direct quote from Jaimoe and that he has always called Marcus “Young Blood” ever since they first met.
“Young Blood” Is A Live Album, Recorded In A Studio
Dan Auerbach, the album’s producer has said that “These songs are live performances, the whole thing is live, the solos and everything. It’s so rare in this day and age”.
He Comes From A Long Heritage Of Musicians
Marcus started learning the guitar when he was 3 years old and has been playing professionally since he was 11. His grandfather was a country guitarist and his dad still performs live. When Marcus made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry he was playing his grandfather’s guitar.
He Named His 2020 Album After his Dad’s Guitar
Marcus has said some of his earliest memories are of strumming his dad’s Epiphone El Dorado which was one of the guitars that was “off limits” in his home. Once he got his own guitar he was never off of it.
He Records Albums In Super Fast Time
It took Marcus just 6 days to record his album “Young Blood” which he says is quite long because it only took 3 days to record “El Dorado”. He says they record everything live in the same room which feels “natural, like we were playing in a bar and that made everything much more relaxed from a performance point of view”.
He Has A Guitar In Every Room At Home
Marcus has said that he sits and plays guitar while watching TV and that “for me, it’s almost like having a nervous tic. It’s something that I have to do” and that he “wouldn’t feel right” if he wasn’t holding a guitar.
He Started Singing After The Loss Of A School Friend
Marcus says that when he was 13 a girl he was friends with at school, died in a car accident. He said he really liked her and never got to tell her how he felt and as usual in his grief he turned to music. He said “Usually, the guitar would always help take anything I was dealing with away, All that I had been through, up until that point, playing the guitar had worked to ease the pain” but he said with this deep feeling of loss, the guitar “wasn’t cutting it,so I figured I’d started singing and writing, and it helped”.
After Recording “Young Blood” He Went Bowling
Marcus said that during recording the album “everything just fell into place. The band felt right as rain, so we just got playing through the songs” he says that after just 6 days, there was nothing left to do so they went bowling.
He’s A Big Fan of Vintage Guitars
For the most part, Marcus plays his 1962 Gibson ES-345 when he’s touring or recording. But whenever he gets the chance, he’s out in music stores playing some of their vintage guitars. He says he’s aware that not many people have the luxury of being able to afford a vintage guitar. He says “ I’ve had this great blessing of knowing some guitar dealers that have helped me out. We’re not out here getting rich; we’re out here making music. But when I can, I choose to make that music with vintage guitars”.
He Drives A Cadillac
Marcus says he has always driven minivans with one in particular that he named “Peggy Sue”. But when he wanted to buy a stylish vehicle, Dan Auerbach advised him “Get you a Cadillac, man, you’ll never go over the speed limit in a Cadillac because you’ll be way too cozy”. So Marcus looked into getting a Cadillac and he bought a 1980 El Dorado “with a tire on the back”.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Marcus King was born in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.
The name of Marcus King’s first solo album is “El Dorado” which is named after his dad’s guitar, an Epiphone El Dorado.
The car that Marcus King drives is a 1980 Cadillac ElDorado.
The guitar that Marcus King usually plays is a Gibson ES-345.
It took Marcus King just 6 days to record his second solo album “Young Blood”.
Marcus King didn’t name his first solo album after his car, it is named after his dad’s Epiphone ElDorado guitar. However Marcus does coincidentally drive a 1980 Cadillac ElDorado.
The Marcus King song which contains the lines “Standin’ in the rain, waitin’ on a train, I got a one way ticket, never turnin’ back” is “Blood On The Tracks”.
Marcus King was just 11 years old when he first played guitar on one of his dad’s albums.
The guitar that belonged to his dad that Marcus used to secretly strum was an Epiphone El Dorado.
Before becoming a full time musician, Marcus worked for a short while at a Pizza Parlor.
The Marcus King song which contains the lines “Pretty little girl in a Coupe de Ville, Saw her disappear up across the hill” is “One Day She’s Here”
Marcus King grew up with his father and grandfather, his mother left them when he was a youngster.
The Marcus King song that contains the lines “She’s a wild one never had a mild tongue, gypsy child yeah she always get the job done” is “Lie, Lie, Lie”.
The famous guitarist that became Marcus King’s mentor is Warren Haynes (Govt. Mule, The Allman Brothers Band).
Marcus played his dad’s 1959 Les Paul guitar to record the album “Young Blood”