Keeping The Blues Alive

Blues Torchbearer – Marcus King

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By now, if you are a fan of the blues and/or a guitar enthusiast you are more than likely familiar with Marcus King. Although he broke out as the next generation’s leader in blues guitar a few years ago, I would still consider him a major blues torchbearer since he just turned 22 this year.

Back in 2014, an even younger King was seen at Norman’s Rare Guitars jamming on a style of guitar he is now synonymous with, a Gibson Es-335. King appeared shy while talking to Norm on camera, but as soon as he started playing, you realize his voice is shining through the guitar.

Marcus King isn’t just good for a twenty-two-year-old, he is good for any age no matter who you ask. His command of the instrument and his natural on-stage leadership is usually only seen in veteran players or individuals much older than King. Over the last three-four years, King and his band have been seen and heard all over the blues and jam circuits, playing festivals alongside bands like Soulive, Tedeschi Trucks, and many more.

King has welcomed a plethora of styles into his playing, switching from soul to blues and roots vibes at the drop of his stylish hat. He has transformed his introvert type nature into a confident and masterful bluesman on the stage. His vocals and lyrics speak of heartbreak, his childhood, and his deep emotions and we can feel everything through his playing.

This past February, fans aboard the 4th annual KTBA cruise were fortunate enough to see King’s electrifying performances as he showed why he deserves to be named one of the best blues guitarists of the current generation. I look forward to seeing what King and his band have in store in the coming years.

Patrick Ortiz

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