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Marcus King Band Premiere New Song, "I Won't Be Here" — Exclusive

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "I Won't Be Here," a new song by the Marcus King Band.

The track is from the band's new album, Soul Insight, which will be released October 30 via Warren Haynes' Evil Teen Records.

Soul Insight features Greenville, South Carolina-based phenom Marcus King on lead vocals and guitar, Jack Ryan on drums, Anthony House on bass and Alex Abercrombie on organ and keyboards. It was recorded at the Compound Studios in California.

“Recording the album was a really organic experience,” says King, who also produced Soul Insight. “Whether I wrote the song or, in the case of the instrumentals, we developed them together as a band, we’d played them long enough so we were really comfortable with the material."

With King's singing slide resonator guitar and voice building to explosive crescendos, the album echoes the influence of King's own guitar heroes, including Haynes, Derek Trucks and Jimi Hendrix, plus Marvin Gaye, Ray LaMontagne, Gary Clark Jr. and others. Proof of the 19-year-old's virtuosity and vision are on full display within Soul Insight's fiery mix of rock, blues, psychedelia, funk, soul and improvisation.

The potential for his music is endless," Haynes said.

Soul Insight is available for preorder at iTunes (opens in new tab) and Amazon. (opens in new tab) You can see the complete track listing—plus the band's upcoming tour dates—below.

For more information, visit marcuskingband.com and follow the band on Facebook.

Marcus King Band on Tour

  • 10/9 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
  • 10/10 – Heart o' Texas Fair Complex – Waco, TX
  • 10/17 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
  • 10/22 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Sun Ra Arkestra
  • 11/11 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA w/ The Revivalists
  • 11/12 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC w/ The Revivalists
  • 11/13 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC w/ The Revivalists
  • 11/14 – Cox Capitol Theatre – Macon, GA w/ The Revivalists

Soul Insight Track Listing:

01. Always
02. Boone
03. Fraudulent Waffle
04. Honey
05. Dave’s Apparition (Interlude)
06. Everything
07. No Decency
08. Dyin’
09. Booty Stank
10. Opie
11. Keep Moving
12. I Won’t Be Here (Hear it above!)

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.