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  • Jan 26 2015 Marshall Tucker Band Announce 2015 Searchin’ for a Rainbow Tour

    Marshall Tucker Band Announce 2015 Searchin’ for a Rainbow Tour


    By Hannahlee Allers

    The Marshall Tucker Band are prepping to kick off their 44th year on the road with the 2015 Searchin’ for a Rainbow Tour.

    The tour begins on Jan. 23 in Greensboro, N.C., before criss-crossing the country to finish up in Steelville, Mo., in October. A list of dates can be found below, but more shows are still expected to be added.

    “It’s looking like 2015 is shaping up to be our biggest tour schedule in years …” lead singer Doug Gray says. “We are so thankful that our fans have stuck with us for over four decades and continue to pack our shows. We’re still out there searchin’ for that rainbow.”

    Last year, the group released ‘Live From Englishtown,’ a recording of their 1977 concert at Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., which includes a live version of ‘Searchin’ for a Rainbow,’ the title track of their 1975 album and the song for which this tour is named.

    “I didn’t take out any of the bad parts, and I didn’t change or edit anything,” Gray says ’Live From Englishtown.’ “All we did was make it sound better. It was worth the time and worth the effort, because I put myself back on that stage in 1977, when you just walked out there, and you sang your heart out, and the audience was flipping out and loving it. It was a moment in time. It was overwhelming. That’s really all I can say about it.”

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For a band classified by many as Southern rock, The Marshall Tucker Band never seemed satisfied with just rocking.  From their beginnings in the early '70s, their sound took plenty of changes musically -- swinging, grooving, jamming and going country -- and always stretched the boundaries.  Always a confident live act, MTB brought their A game to their South Carolina Music Hall of Fame Concert, recorded at Spartanburg S.C.'s Memorial Auditorium on Sept. 19, 1995.  Stellar sound quality enhances every detail, from the excitement of the crowd to lead singer Doug Gray's spirited drawl to multi-instrumentalist Jerry Eubanks' talented turns on flute, sax and Hammond organ.  MTB keep the energy high high from the start to finish with highlights aplenty, drafting fellow legends Charlie Daniels (dig his fiery fiddle work on "Long Hard Ride") and Allman Brothers stickmen Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, who join in with Daniels on the moving tribute to deceased guitarist / songwriter Toy Caldwell, "Searchin' for a Rainbow."

 -James Haag





One of the major Southern rock bands of the '70s, the Marshall Tucker Band was formed in Spartanburg, SC, in 1971 by singer Doug Gray, guitarist Toy Caldwell (born 1948, died February 25, 1993), his brother bassist Tommy Caldwell (born 1950, died April 28, 1980), guitarist George McCorkle (born 1947, died June 29th, 2007), drummer Paul Riddle, and reed player Jerry Eubanks. The group's style combined rock, country, and jazz and featured extended instrumental passages on which lead guitarist Toy Caldwell shone. The band was signed to Capricorn Records and released their debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, in March 1973. They gained recognition through a tour with the Allman Brothers Band and found significant success during the course of the '70s, with most of their albums going gold. Their peak came with the million-selling album Carolina Dreams and its Top 15 single "Heard It in a Love Song" in 1977. Since then, the group has continued to write, record, and tour, and entertain fans from around the world. Friend them on Myspace and Facebook!

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