The Marcus King Band has announced a new album, Carolina Confessions, due out on October 5th via Fantasy Records. Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), the new album showcases the 22-year-old frontman’s maturation as a songwriter, as King takes writing credit on all ten tracks, in addition to on one co-written with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach. The studio band features drummer Jack Ryan, bassist Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, saxophonist Dean Mitchell, and keyboardist DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander. Today, Marcus King Band has released two of the new album’s singles, “Homesick” and “Welcome ‘Round Here”, via World Cafe on NPR.
As Marcus wrote about “Homesick”:
Homesick is a feeling almost everyone can relate to. For me, I wrote it about the home I found in someone’s heart. When I’m with her I feel at home. I wanted the song to carry the emotion the right way. The R&B approach came about organically, There was never really a question for me as to what feel the tune would have. It was born as a soul song.
“Homesick” – Marcus King Bang
About “Welcome ‘Round Here”, Marcus wrote:
“Welcome ‘Round Here” starts with a dark, dirty, gritty and familiar sounding Southern blues rock riff, however it soon turns into a slamming and fiery horn and keyboard-driven blast of a jam, as King turns a psychedelic bridge into a searing and soaring guitar solo, long on dexterity and ferocity. The next time someone says to you that rock is dead, tell them to look no further than this King. “Carolina Confessions focuses a bit more on songwriting,” King writes. “There were a lot of things I needed to say, to get off of my chest, a feeling of admitting wrongs I had done and also hurt I had felt. The concept is that songwriting and performing are my ways of confessing my sins and feeling a weight off my spirit.
“Welcome ‘Round Here” – Marcus King Band
For a list of upcoming Marcus King Band dates, as well as ticketing links, head to the band’s official website.