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    Concert Review from Digital Journal

    By Markos Papadatos

    New York - On December 16, Marshall Tucker Band performed at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, for their annual holiday show, and they were incredible.

    The ever-talented Stolen Rhodes served as their opening act, where they were able to warm up the stage for the Marshall Tucker Band with their impressive vocals and commanding stage presence. Matt Pillion killed the lead vocals, while Kevin Cunningham rocked the lead guitar, and Chris James delivered on drums. Bass player Jack Zaferes proved to be all about that bass.

    Marshall Tucker Band kicked off their show with "Running Like the Wind." "How are you doing tonight?" front-man Doug Gray asked, and their opening song went on to receive a raucous response from the sold-out venue.

    "Thank you very much," Gray said, effusively, prior to noting that the song was an oldie but goodie. Chris Hicks showcased his vocal chops on the bluesy "Dog Eat Dog World," as well as his tremendous range. "When it comes to having fun it's a dog eat dog world," Gray admitted.

    "Merry Christmas everybody. How ya'll doing tonight?" Doug asked, prior to thanking their listening audience for keeping Marshall Tucker Band around for 45 years, They immediately broke into the crowd favorite "This Ol' Cowboy," which has been a perennial song in their nightly set.

    They took their fans on a trip down memory lane to 1972 with "Take The Highway," which went on to receive a lengthy standing ovation, due to Marcus James Henderson's impressive flute solo and powerhouse vocals, as well as B.B. Borden's spitfire drum solo.

    Marshall Tucker Band showed their sultry vocals and velvet harmonies on "Desert Skies." Gray subsequently shared that if at 11:58 p.m. something is whispered into one's ear, then "Midnight Promises" don't mean a damn thing, and that was the perfect segue for that song. They closed with their southern rock classic "Can't You See," where Stolen Rhodes joined them on stage for an all-star finale.

    The Verdict

    Overall, Marshall Tucker Band gets better each time they take the stage. They proved to be as relevant today, as they were 45 years when they first started out. It is only hyst a matter of time before they finally get their long overdue nomination for the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, since they are the greatest southern rock omission in that... read more







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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 Facebook!

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