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article imageReview: Marshall Tucker Band gives a 'Paramount' performance in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 22, 2014 in Music
On March 21, the iconic southern rock group Marshall Tucker Band performed at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, to an excellent turnout.
The band consists of Doug Gray on lead vocals and tambourine, Rick Willis on guitar and vocals, Marcus Henderson on flute, saxophone, keyboards and harmonies, guitarist Chris Hicks, Pat Elwood on bass and background vocals, as well as drummer B.B. Borden.
They opened their set with their soaring "This Ol' Cowboy" and they immediately broke into "Fire On The Mountain."
"Thank you very much," front-man Doug Gray said. "We have been around for a long time. Thank you for another sold-out show."
Chris Hicks sang lead and rocked the electric guitar on "Dog Eat Dog World," showcasing his smooth vocals, as Marcus played the saxophone.
Gray praised Hicks for his fine performance and noted that he is from Georgia. "Thank you for keeping Marshall Tucker Band alive for 43 years," Gray remarked, and the crowd cheered for the longevity of the legendary group's music career.
They dusted off "Take The Highway" and gave it a refreshing rendition, changing it up a bit. B.B. Borden did an impressive job on his drum solo.
Gray shared that his following song required a great deal of concentration and explained that "it means so much" to him, and went to deliver a soulful version of "Asking Too Much of You," with Marcus on keyboards.
Hicks did a flawless cover of "Midnight Promises" and Marcus was superb on harmonies. By the end of the song, the listener was convinced that midnight promises are indeed meaningless.
Gray stated that it was B.B Borden's 60th birthday and the crowd was surprised, since by the way he plays the drums, the energetic drummer does not look a day over 40.
"Heard It In a Love Song" was a fan-favorite vocal and Gray incorporated it as a sing-along, as the stage was graced in red lights. Marcus nailed the flute and during this song, a fan handed Gray their cell phone and he captured a few selfie photos of himself singing the tune on stage.
After Gray took a sip from his drink in his red solo cup, he continued with "24 Hours At a Time," which yet again featured another noteworthy drum solo from B.B. Borden.
Their signature song "Can't You See" was the highlight performance of the evening, proving why it will always stand the test of time. It is no wonder that it is being performed regularly on reality singing competitions such as The Voice and American Idol. Ironically enough, two contestants sang the Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See" on each of those shows this month.
The Verdict
Overall, the Marshall Tucker Band was exceptional. They only get better with age. For anybody who has yet to see them play live, they need to ask a Marshall Tucker Band concert on their bucket list. Their love and passion for the southern rock genre is infectious. Their show garners 5 out of 5 stars. The powers that be behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ought to come knocking on their door soon, since they are one of the most long overdue rockers for recognition.
For a complete list of their upcoming tour dates, check out their website.
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