Blues-Rockin' Phenom Marcus King Talks New Album, 'Carolina Confessions'

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Marcus King has moved — quickly and definitively — from “intriguing young talent” to “compelling artist you can’t take your eyes off of.” He’s one of the most compelling blues-based guitarists around, and at 22 already a fixture of clubs and festivals, touring constantly with his Marcus King Band and appearing with Warren Haynes and Tedeschi Trucks Band. He also was a member of Chris Robinson’s As the Crow Flies.

King’s reach seems sure to expand further with his third album, Carolina Confessions, produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson). The music focuses more on King’s powerful, soulful vocals and achingly confessional songwriting. But while many of the tunes are driven by strummed acoustic guitar, the music remains sparked by his tough, fleet-fingered playing.

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Alan Paul

Alan Paul is the author of three books, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, One Way Way Out: The Inside Story of the Allman Brothers Band – which were both New  York Times bestsellers – and Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues and Becoming a Star in Beijing, a memoir about raising a family in Beijing and forming a Chinese blues band that toured the nation. He’s been associated with Guitar World for 30 years, serving as Managing Editor from 1991-96. He plays in two bands: Big in China and Friends of the Brothers, with Guitar World’s Andy Aledort.