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Carolina Confessions

The Marcus King Band

2018

Carolina Confessions
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The Marcus King Band is a southern rock/blues band from South Carolina formed in 2013. The band is led by guitarist Marcus King. Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father, the fellow bluesman Marvin King. The band includes drummer Jack Ryan, bassist Stephen Campbell, and guitarist Drew Smithers. Touring musicians consist of saxophonist Chris Spies, and keyboard player, Mike Runyon. On August 22, 2018, it was announced the band would release their third full-length LP, Carolina Confessions, on October 5, 2018, via Fantasy Records. The album was recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville and produced and mixed by Dave Cobb.[5] While not entering the Billboard 200, it was the band's first entry on the magazine's US Top Current Albums chart, peaking at No. 55,[6] and was another No. 2 hit on the Blues chart for them. The album also reached No. 2 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.

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Rating

3.11

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61

Genres

  • Blues
  • Rock

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Wed May 22 2024
2

The guitar inclusions are this record's highlights. The rest of the music is soulful and, as a body, directionless. Nothing sticks out as bad just as nothing sticks together. Forgettable for non-blues-heads.

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Wed May 22 2024
4

A southern bluesy country outfit. I like classic country a lot, and I'm sure that there is still great country being produced, but it feels like there is a lot of subpar stuff to slog through to find the gems. So I like when someone submits something like this! Thanks for finding it so I didn't have to. It sounds a bit like CCR or Lynyrd Skynyrd at times, and then other times just sounds like some classic country. I don't think I'm going to rush out and buy the album, or add it to my active listening playlists, but I'm glad to know that it exists. Next time someone tells me that there's no good country music anymore, I'll point them to Marcus King Band.

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Thu May 23 2024
4

Easy and enjoyable album to listen to. Marcus King has a stunning, soulful voice and wrote some great tracks for this album. 3.7/5

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Sun May 26 2024
4

I'm not a big "southern rock" fan, but this is really nice. 4 stars.

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Sun May 26 2024
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Goodbye Carolina, Homesick, How long, Confessions

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Mon Jul 08 2024
4

Nothing original or innovative or ground breaking just excellent classic rhythm and blues soul executed to an extremely high standard with feel and appropriate voice, guitar work, rhythm section and keys and horn arrangements. Wonderful.

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Wed May 22 2024
3

Never heard of Marcus King nor his band before, but he didn't disappoint! Really pleasant album.

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Wed May 22 2024
3

A nice, soulful and groovy kinda rock. Kudos

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Wed May 22 2024
3

Not too bad, rocks a bit. Maybe a bit too much "blues superstar" attitude for my liking overall, but I've definitely heard worse. 3/5.

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Thu May 23 2024
3

A very amiable listen. Some interesting things going on musically - while country rock influences like Skynyrd and Allman Brother were evident, I detected shades of Zeppelin, Eagles, even Steely Dan in some of the jazzier sections. The lyrics, though functional, were kind of basic and leaned heavily into cliché.

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Thu May 23 2024
3

Seemed much of the same near the end

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Wed May 22 2024
2

It is a contemporary album and yet it seems from another era, it is not very transcendental or addictive music but in the end it works.

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Sat Jun 08 2024
2

There’s been a large wave of this country-bluegrass revival sweeping the indie scene in the past decade, and I’ll be quite honest in that most of it sounds similar to me. This LP is executed well but barely makes any kind of mark, there’s just not enough personality in the songwriting, instrumentation, or arrangements to make this stand out in any way.

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Thu Jun 13 2024
2

Bluesy nature elevates the country styling a little, however it still gets tiring quickly 1.7

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Tue Jun 25 2024
2

Not working here, this album.

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