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article imageInterview with The Marshall Tucker Band: NYCB Theatre at Westbury Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 24, 2013 in Entertainment
Doug Gray is the lead singer of the iconic southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band. He is the sole original member that still performs with the group today.
They are expected to play at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Long Island, New York on September 7, along with Grammy winner Charlie Daniels.
According to Gray, he remarked, “We are putting a couple of new songs in the set-list and we are going to be working on them on the next few days. We are changing the show around the little bit and we have so many different things coming on.”
Gray continued, “To be able to play with Charlie Daniels is always a blessing for us. The Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels are just like family and we treat everybody like family. Charlie and I have the chance to see each other three to four times a year, and maybe even more next year. We are looking forward to that. Touring with Charlie Daniels and his band is one of the best things that we could do. We can learn a lot from the way Charlie does things and vice versa.”
On Marshall Tucker Band’s plans for the future, he shared, “We are out on the road a lot and we are very fortunate to continue to do all these great things.”
One of the things that he is most proud of is how dedicated the fans of The Marshall Tucker Band are. “I received more cupcakes and cookies in the last three years that I can ever eat in a lifetime,” he said. “All of the guys in the band look forward to coming to New York City since it is a great opportunity to see our fans.”
Gray revealed that the band’s name originated in 1971. “We were sitting in a warehouse and we had just gotten back from Vietnam a couple of years earlier. We needed a place to rehearse and they gave us a key to the warehouse and there was a key. On that key there was a tag that said ‘Marshall Tucker.’ We didn’t have a reason to know who Marshall Tucker was and we found out later who he was. Then when they asked us about what to put on the marquee and we looked on the tag and decided to call ourselves ‘Marshall Tucker’ for the night. It was an easy way out and sure enough, it has lasted this long. It was really interesting. As a matter of fact, I recently found out that the real Marshall Tucker just turned 90 years old and our Marshall Tucker Band is 41. We are both pretty much blessed. Although the warehouse has been torn down for years, it was a really great warehouse,” he shared.
In modern country music, The Marshall Tucker Band is referenced in both Lee Brice’s latest single “Parking Lot Party,” as well as Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”; moreover, in my recent phone interviews with Lee Brice and Brian Kelley from Florida Georgia Line, they both expressed their love for The Marshall Tucker Band, as well as being big fans of their music.
“Lee Brice did a great job on that song and Florida Georgia Line is doing really good and they are red hot at the moment,” Gray said. “It’s so good that all these musicians love us so much and they remember us. Everybody is having a great time together. I have people coming up to me all the time asking me if I am the guy that Florida Georgia Line is talking about and I cannot help but smile. Even Hank Williams Jr. mentions us in one of his songs by going to Spartanburg and turning the party on and now we have two songs mention us in less than a year. That was really interesting since they are making us more legendary,” the veteran musician added.
For more information on The Marshall Tucker Band and their tour dates, check out their official website.
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