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The Marshall Tucker Band

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In the early fall of 1973, The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries,” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of The Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed.

Today, the band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS Label (distributed by Sony/RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band’s current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound. Current members include the highly respected drummer B.B. Borden, a former member of both Mother’s Finest and The Outlaws, multi instrumentalist Marcus Henderson of Macon, Georgia, plays flute, saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and background vocals, Pat Elwood on bass guitar, and Rick Willis on lead guitar and vocals, both of Spartanburg SC, are disciples of the Caldwell Brothers. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be powerful force in the world of music.

The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, S.C. when Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name “Marshall Tucker” from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space. In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame. The MTB opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows across America due to the platinum-plus sales of their debut album. They toured constantly playing sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs, and festivals.

In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel. Now, thanks to the expanding scope of today’s music, a new generation of fans is learning what the rest of their fans have known for so long- that good music knows no boundaries. Along the way, the band has recorded 22 studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations.

In 1980, Tommy Caldwell died as a result of injuries from an auto accident. In 1984, Toy Caldwell, George McCorkle, and Paul Riddle decided to retire. Doug Gray and Jerry Eubanks with the blessings of the other three continued to record and perform as The Marshall Tucker Band. 1n 1993 Toy Caldwell, who wrote the majority of their songs, passed away, as did George McCorkle in 2007. Jerry Eubanks retired in 1996 and Doug Gray continues to lead the current band of fine musicians winning new young fans as well as satisfying the loyal fans of several generations.

Years of rigorous tour schedules earned the band the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans. With hit singles like “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take The Highway,” The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the 90’s, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard’s country chart and one on Billboard’s gospel chart. Their music has also been featured on the soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, Blow, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Shipwrecked, Crank 2, Don’t Mess with Zohan, Stop Loss, Swing Vote, Taking Chance and many others as well as many TV Shows.

“The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock & roll” says Gray. “They called us a Southern rock band, but we have always played everything from country, jazz, blues, rock & roll and all things in-between. As we’ve become older,” Gray grins, eyes twinkling, “our Southern heritage seems to come out even more. But, no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off.” Gray also notes that people have gotten “married and buried” to classic MTB songs like “Desert Skies” and “Can’t You See”. After 40 years, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to be played on classic rock and country radio, and they have never stopped touring.

More than 40 years after forming, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to tour, performing more than 130 live dates each year.

CMT (Country Music Television) named the MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #4 Greatest Southern Rock Song. The MTB’s debut
album, The Marshall Tucker Band, reigns as Gibson Guitar’s #5 Greatest Southern Rock Album. UltimateClassicRock.com crowned the MTB’s “Can’t You See” as the #1 Southern Rock Song and in 2013, GRAMMY® Magazine named the group’s logo as one of the most distinctive and iconic brands in music.

 

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Tour Dates

Jun 15 2019
Twisted J Live
Stephenville, TX
Jun 22 2019
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
Washington, PA
Jun 22 2019
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
Washington, PA
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Jun 23 2019
Rams Head On Stage
Annapolis, MD
Jun 27 2019
The Paramount
Huntington, NY
Jun 28 2019
Spyglass Ridge Winery
Sunbury, PA
Jun 29 2019
Trout Run Camp Resort
Wellsville, NY
Jun 30 2019
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
Frankford, NJ
Jul 06 2019
Foster Park
Kokomo, IN
Jul 12 2019
GM Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI
Jul 13 2019
Sauk County Fairgrounds
Baraboo, WI
Jul 14 2019
Hodag Country Festival
Rhinelander, WI
Jul 17 2019
California State Fair
Sacramento, CA
Jul 18 2019
Stanislaus County Fair
Turlock, CA
Jul 20 2019
Happy Canyon Arena
Pendleton, OR
Jul 21 2019
Redding Civic Auditorium
Redding, CA
Jul 26 2019
Marion Cultural and Civic Center
Marion, IL
Jul 28 2019
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino The Joint
Catoosa, OK
Aug 02 2019
Main Street Music Festival
Albertville, AL
Aug 03 2019
The Biltmore
Asheville, NC
Aug 10 2019
Western Maryland Music Festival
Cumberland, MD
Aug 16 2019
Big Top Chautauqua - Concert Venue
Bayfield, WI
Aug 23 2019
Sony Hall
New York, NY
Aug 24 2019
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Lutherville-timonium, MD
Aug 25 2019
Indian Ranch
Webster, MA
Aug 30 2019
IP Casino
Biloxi, MS
Sep 07 2019
Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Spokane, WA
Sep 08 2019
Knitting Factory Concert House
Boise, ID
Sep 12 2019
Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA
Sep 14 2019
Peppermill Concert Hall
West Wendover, NV
Sep 27 2019
The Wildcatter Saloon
Katy, TX
Oct 05 2019
Live on the Lawn
Kuttawa, KY
Oct 25 2019
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sioux City, IA
Nov 02 2019
Skyloft
Albany, NY

News

06/15/2018

The Marshall Tucker Band Saddles Up to Join the Lynyrd Skynyrd Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour

In Addition to Previously-announced Tour Stops, Legendary Southern Rock Group Keeps the Skynyrd Celebration Going with Upcoming Performances on 14 of 21 New Live Concert Dates Nashville, Tenn. (June 14,…

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12/12/2017

THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND ANNOUNCES 2018 “JUKE JAMMIN” TOUR

Nashville, Tenn. (December 11, 2017) — Legendary southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) has announced the first round of concert dates for its 2018 "Juke Jammin"Tour.   The group's national…

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01/24/2017

The Marshall Tucker Band’s “45th Live in Concert” Tour

Nashville, Tenn. (January 23, 2017) - Today, the iconic Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) announced the first leg of dates for its "45th Live in Concert" tour. The legendary southern rock…

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