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article imageReview: Marshall Tucker Band stun at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 14, 2014 in Music
Yonkers - On July 13, The Marshall Tucker Band played an outdoors concert at the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York.
Over the past year alone, the iconic southern rock group has had some exceptional opening acts such as rock and soul songstress Twinkle, who nailed her set at their B.B. King Blues Club show, and The Bacon Brothers (Michael and Kevin Bacon) who were their special guests tonight were absolutely remarkable. One thing's for sure: they choose the biggest talents to share the stage with them.
Front-man Doug Gray commenced their set with their soaring "This Ol' Cowboy" and it included the crowd sing-along "Fire On The Mountain," with Marcus Henderson's impressive flute solo. Chris Hicks, Pat Elwood and Rick Willis nailed the backing vocals.
During their hit single "Heard It In a Love Song," Gray pointed both of his index fingers in the air, prior to having the crowd clap along with them, while Henderson showcased his prowess on flute. "Sing it with me all right, here we go," Gray told the audience, as the song started.
One of the greatest feelings was hearing all the audience members at Yonkers Raceway singing the lyrics to the chorus of "Heard It In a Love Song" back to the band members. Their captivating rendition garnered the band a lengthy standing ovation.
Chris Hicks sang the lead and played the electric guitar on my favorite song of his "Dog Eat Dog World," as Henderson accompanied him on saxophone.
Their signature song "Can't You See" proved to be the biggest crowd pleaser of the evening. It displayed their longevity in the music industry, well over four decades, and it is still being sung by contestants today on such reality singing competitions as The Voice and American Idol, and it has been referenced in Lee Brice's country single "Parking Lot Party," however one thing is for sure. Nobody does it like Marshall Tucker Band. Their version is a southern rock anthem. It is no wonder that it was named's greatest "southern rock song ever."
The inclusion of "Sandman" in their set was a real treat, since this marked the first time I heard them perform this song live, despite having seen them already six times live in the past two years. Gray's vocals on this tune were as smooth as silk. Henderson's saxophone playing on this tune elevated it to a higher level.
The Marshall Tucker Band tour bus
The Marshall Tucker Band tour bus
The iconic band is made up of Doug Gray on lead vocals and tambourine, Rick Willis on guitar and vocals, Marcus Henderson on flute, saxophone, keyboards and vocals, guitarist Chris Hicks, Pat Elwood on bass and background vocals, as well as B.B. Borden on drums.
The Verdict
The Marshall Tucker Band always get better every single time we see them perform on stage. They are like fine wine, where they only get better with age. What is great about them is that they always change their set, and they keep their fans guessing on what hits they perform each time (from a lengthy catalog as their musical work, they have a lot of top-notch material to choose from). Their passion and love for their craft, and respect for their fans is evident. Their show at the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway garnered 5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on The Marshall Tucker Band, and their forthcoming concerts, check out their website.
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