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article imageReview: South Jersey Hosts a Carolina Party Special

By Tom Mortensen     Jul 30, 2014 in Music
Point Pleasant Beach - Beneath a starlit sky upon a mid-summer’s night, Jenk’s Club on Point Pleasant Beach held a rock and roll bash over four decades in the making when southern rock pioneers the Marshall Tucker Band raised the roof on July 28th.
“Thank you for coming out and celebrating over 42 years with the Marshall Tucker Band,” lead singer and founding member Doug Gray announced proudly over the unending roar of approval following their opening number "This Ol’ Cowboy."
“It is truly strange,” Gray admitted in an interview earlier on. “There are just so many things we didn’t expect, never dreamed of. It’s amazing seeing so many faces out there, people who still want to see us and just relive a memory or two.”
The band continues to tour relentlessly, eclipsing well over a hundred shows a year all over the country. The return to the Jersey Shore however is as important to the singer as it is bittersweet. In 2012 following the inconceivable events of Super Storm Sandy, Gray immediately heeded the call to action and helped to mount a major relief effort from his Spartanburg, South Carolina home resulting in several trucks loaded with blankets, clothing and supplies set forth on a northbound journey.
“I was in my kitchen the following morning looking at the devastation on the news, seeing this bridge that we have crossed in the bus many, many times on our way to the shore and both ends of it are completely underwater. You know New Jersey and all of the northeast for that matter have given us so much right from the very beginning. I mean think about it. How many times in our lives are we ever gonna be able to appreciate and give something back?”
The band continued to give back on Monday evening through the magic of music, rolling out hit after hit including "Heard it in a Love Song," "Fire on the Mountain," "Take the Highway" and "Can’t You See," the undeniable signature favorite that rocketed the band to super-stardom and resonates today with the same impact as it has for over four decades. The inclusion of a new tune in the mix — "Dog Eat Dog World" by guitarist Chris Hicks — offered promise of brand new Marshall Tucker recordings to come with no hint of slowing down.
“Right now things are really meshing again and I’ve got some of the greatest musicians in the world in this band. Our personality as a group continues to touch people now as it did when we first started out. Every night I go out there and know the audience still feels the music as much as I do because they’ve shared so much with us. What a tribute that is to the writing and career that we put together.”
Marshall Tucker July 28  2014
Marshall Tucker July 28, 2014
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