Marcus King and his band are in town tonight to a  near sell out gig at the Fleece.

The Fleece has a capacity of 450, and its great to see it so full considering its only their second visit to Bristol!

Supporting  Marcus King was Beth Rowley, who accompanied by her guitarist Tom delivered a short but entertaining set. Sighting siblings and an argument with her then boyfriend as inspiration for new songs, were beautiful and delivered in style. She has a new album out Gota Fria, and one that’s definitely worth a spin [yes it is on vinyl for those interested!]

Marcus for those who aren’t familiar is a young man, who at the age of 22 has been around the music scene for a while, coming from a musical background, he has been performing since the age of 8. More recently he has been mentored by Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks,  he has developed well and has a unique sound that would be too simple to describe as southern rock.

Around 9pm Marcus and his band hit the stage, from his opening song, Whats Right from the EP Due North I knew I was in for a great night of music. He brings together his fusion of Blues, Soul, funk and jazz and delivered an absolutely stonking set that lasted for 2 hours. It simply left the Bristol crowd in awe.

Tonight he’s promoting his latest album California Confessions, but he manages to slip in some of previous material into the set, from his previous albums were opening number Whats Right Followed by Booty Stank and interspersed throughout his set were Fraudulent Waffle, Self Hatred, Rita is Gone and Plant Your Corn Early. 

Marcus King Band | © Sam Holt | For Flick of the Finger Magazine

Marcus plays with passion, enjoyment and that’s clear to see on stage especially trading glances  and smiles alongside keyboard player DeShawn ‘De Vibes’ Alexander. But he also takes time to interact with the rest of the band highlighting his brass section,  and giving both Jack Ryan on drums and Stephen Campbell on bass a chance to shine too. He plays intricate solos with ease and unlike many relies on few effects and his Fender Telecaster and a Gibson 335, both very different, but it simply works.

Marcus King Band | © Sam Holt | For Flick of the Finger Magazine

“Come on Bristol, last time I remember you were rowdier”, but I don’t think they needed any encouragement, they were there for him and he gave them what they wanted, a great night of music that Marcus himself describes as “soul- influenced psychedelic southern rock,”.

Bristol was the opening night of the tour, four dates around the UK. For fans of The Allman Brothers and Waren Haynes of Govt Mule, get a long to one of the shows you won’t regret it. As a side note I purchased the vinyl version of California Confessions, and its one of those records that will be getting plenty of play I suspect.

Thurs 25th – The Fleece, Bristol
Fri 26th – Islington Assembly Hall, London
Sat 27th – Night & Day Café, Manchester
Sun 28th – Stereo, Glasgow