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article imageReview: The Marshall Tucker Band releases live studio album Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 8, 2013 in Entertainment
The Marshall Tucker Band’s latest studio album “Live! From Spartanburg, South Carolina” was released exclusively on May 28, via the label, Shout! Factory.
It features live concert recordings from the iconic southern rock group from their 1995 South Carolina Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Ten out of the eleven songs were written by the late Toy Caldwell, one of the founding members of the band.
The executive director of the South Carolina Music Hall of Fame made the opening remarks on the CD, thus introducing The Marshall Tucker Band as its twenty-second members.
It opens with their signature song “Heard It In a Love Song,” which garnered a loud round of applause.
It immediately breaks into “This Ol’ Cowboy” and Charlie Daniels makes a cameo on “Long Hard Ride,” where he showcases his prowess on fiddle.
“Desert Skies” has a bluesy vibe to it and the optimistic “Searching For a Rainbow” features a stunning fiddle solo and pedal steel.
The Marshall Tucker Band release live CD
The Marshall Tucker Band release live CD
The Marshall Tucker Band / Rainman Records
Equally captivating were their classic hits “Fire on the Mountain” and “24 Hours at a Time.”
The flute solo on “In My Own Way” transports the listener to different realms and the guitar solo on “Ramblin’” is quite extraordinary.
Doug dedicated “Askin’ Too Much of You” to the late Toy and Tommy Caldwell and both musicians would certainly be proud of his moving tribute to them. In this track, Doug is backed by Rusty Milner and the late George McCorkle on acoustic guitars.
“Thank you for listening,” Doug said and he closed the concert with their smash single “Can’t You See.”
Following their well-received live show, the executive director of the South Carolina Music Hall of Fame made his closing remarks and he officially recognized the group as the Hall of Fame's twenty-second members.
The Verdict
The Marshall Tucker Band’s newest live album is a great collection of songs an a true musical experience that should be experienced by every fan of southern rock music. It garners 5 out of 5 stars since it makes the listener feel as if they had a front row seat at that South Carolina Music Hall of Fame concert that was held in 1995. Doug Gray does a solid job on lead vocals and the remaining members were exquisite on backing vocals and instrumentals.
To learn more about Marshall Tucker Band, visit their official website.
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