Marcus King has shared the new music video for “The Well”, the first single off his forthcoming debut solo album, El Dorado, due out on January 17th, 2020 via Fantasy Records.

The video showcases the cathartic influence of rock n’ roll as the young guitarist/vocalist “leads an enraptured congregation to redemption with an invigorating performance.” The video was directed by Reid Long (Eric Church, The Black Keys, Brothers Osbourne).

Since the release of “The Well” as a single in October, the song has received glowing reviews from critics and received extensive radio airplay, making it one of his most successful songs to date. As King told Relix about the track, “‘The Well’ captures the spirit of a gospel revival, the feeling of community, and the friendship of us all coming together to feel something powerful.” Watch the new music video for Marcus King’s “The Well” below:

Marcus King – “The Well” [Official Music Video]

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Marcus King recorded El Dorado with producer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, TN. As Auerbach notes, “Marcus is known by so many as a phenom guitar player, and rightfully so. He’s regularly the best player in the room, hands down. I was equally blown away by the way he can sing – so effortless, so soulful, straight from the heart.”

El Dorado is a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, where subtle acoustics and pedal steel shine bright alongside raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Marking a new sonic direction and with King’s remarkable voice taking center stage, El Dorado is set to further establish King as one of the most soulful voices of his generation.

Related: Marcus King Shares New Single, “Wildflowers & Wine”, Off Forthcoming ‘El Dorado’ Solo Album [Listen]

Marcus King previously spoke about the then-unannounced new project earlier this summer on Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast. “This is not a Marcus King Band album,” the guitarist explained. “And it doesn’t sound like a Marcus King Band record either. … This was a different thing. … We just wanted to make a classic Americana record. Dan had this idea and we wanted to follow through with it. I think in the long run it’s going to be beneficial to me and all the guys … We all do things separate from this [The Marcus King Band] and that’s all it was, just a separate venture, and it sounds different than anything we would do, ya know? I’m very proud of it. There’s a lot of soulful tunes on this record.”

King also revealed that the new album features drummer Gene Chrisman (Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack), bassist Dave Roe (Jerry Reed), keyboardist Bobby Woods (the Memphis Boys, Elvis Presley), and guitarist Billy Sanford, whose work includes the lead riff on Roy Orbison‘s “Pretty Woman”.

Related: Marcus King Talks Reckoning With His Own Expectations, Focused Songwriting, & Calling Nashville Home [Interview/Photos]

Prior to recording El Dorado, Auerbach had worked with King to co-write “How Long”, a track on The Marcus King Band’s Goodbye CarolinaBeyond their musical collaborations, Auerbach also served as a life mentor when King moved to Nashville late last year, giving him some advice that would go on to influence not just the car he drives, but the title of the new album.

As King told Live For Live Music in a 2018 interview,

“One thing I found out about myself recently was that I wanted a car that had some style and I think that may have stemmed from the last time I hung out with my good friend Dan Auerbach. Dan has this old truck parked in his yard and a late ’90s black Cadillac, so told him I was thinking about buying an old truck. Dan said, ‘Bro, I keep that old truck back here just to deter my friends from buying old trucks. It’s a lawn ornament, man. Don’t do it, you’ll have to work on it all the time.’ Auerbach said, ‘Get you a Cadillac, man, you’ll never go over the speed limit in a Cadillac because you’ll be way too cozy.’”

“Those words really stuck with me,” says King. “So I started looking for the right Cadillac for me, and what I came up with was this 1980 El Dorado with a tire on the back. That’s my new whip, I just have to name it.”

In keeping with the “El Dorado” theme, The Marcus King Band recently announced an extensive El Dorado Tour. For a full list of Marcus King’s upcoming tour dates, see below. For ticketing information, head here.

The Marcus King Band El Dorado Tour Dates

NOV 12 TUE – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
NOV 14 THU – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
NOV 15 FRI – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
NOV 16 SAT – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
NOV 17 SUN – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
NOV 19 TUE – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
NOV 21 THU – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theatre
NOV 22 FRI – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
NOV 23 SAT – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
NOV 24 SUN – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
DEC 3 TUE – Macon, GA – Macon City Auditorium – Marcus King Solo,
DEC 5 THU – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
DEC 6 FRI – Durham, NC – Carolina Theater
DEC 7 SAT – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
DEC 8 SUN – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
DEC 10 TUE – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
DEC 12 THU – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
DEC 13 FRI – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
DEC 14 SAT – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
DEC 15 SUN – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
DEC 17 TUE – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
DEC 18 WED – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
DEC 19 THU – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
DEC 20 FRI – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre & Perf Arts Center
DEC 21 SAT – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
DEC 28 SAT – Macon, GA – Macon City Auditorium
DEC 29 SUN – Augusta, GA – Miller Theater
DEC 30 MON – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
DEC 31 TUE – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
JAN 7-12 – Jam Cruise 2020 – Marcus King solo, Miami, FL, United States
JAN 24 – Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
JAN 26 SUN – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
JAN 27 MON – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
JAN 28 TUE – San Diego, CA – Music Box
JAN 30 THR – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas
JAN 31 FRI – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
FEB 1 SAT – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
FEB 4 TUE – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
FEB 6 THR – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
FEB 7 FRI – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
FEB 8 SAT – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
FEB 9 SUN – Vancouver, BC, Canada – The Commodore Ballroom
FEB 11 TUE – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
FEB 13 THR – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
FEB 14 FRI – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
FEB 15 SAT – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
FEB 21 FRI – Leeds, UK – The Wardrobe
FEB 22 SAT – Glasgow, UK – Oran More
FEB 23 SUN – Dublin, IE – Whelans
FEB 25 TUE – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
FEB 26 WED – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
FEB 27 THR – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
FEB 28 FRI – Bristol, UK – Thekla
MAR 1 SUN – Paris, FR – L’Alhambra
MAR 2 MON – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique
MAR 3 TUE – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
MAR 4 WED – Enschede, NL – Metropool Enschede
MAR 5 THR – Cologne, DE – Kantine
MAR 7 SAT – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen Neukölln
MAR 8 SUN – Hamburg, DE – Mojo Club
MAR 9 MON – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Jr.

APR 10-12 – Byron Bay Bluesfest – Tyagarah, Australia
APR 13 MON – Metro Theatre – Sydney, NSW, Australia
APR 15 WED – Croxton Park Hotel – Melbourne, VIC, Australia
APR 16 THR – Powerstation – Auckland, New Zealand

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