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SouthBound: Marcus King Talks About Coming Off The Road, And Plays A Song For Us From Home

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Marcus King was playing clubs around the Carolinas before he was old enough to drive.

Now, at 24, he leads the Marcus King Band, taking his blend of rock, blues, country and soul all over the world. And he’s got a new solo record called “El Dorado” that was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.

King has been open in the past about his issues with mental health, and how music helped him through tough times growing up in Greenville, South Carolina. Now the coronavirus has caused a new problem: What’s it like for a touring musician when you can’t go on the road?

Well, one thing he can do is play a song from us from home. Which he does.  

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Show notes:

Music in this episode:

  • Marcus King, "Young Man's Dream"
  • The Beatles, "I'm Only Sleeping"
  • The Marcus King Band, "Goodbye Carolina"
  • Marcus King, "Wildflowers and Wine" (live for SouthBound)

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our audience engagement manager is Joni Deutsch, and our main theme comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.