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article imageReview: Marshall Tucker Band amazes B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 14, 2013 in Entertainment
New York - On December 13, the legendary southern rock group Marshall Tucker Band played at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.
Soul and rock songstress Twinkle served as their opening act and she nailed her set.
Marshall Tucker Band is made up of Doug Gray on lead vocals and tambourine, Pat Elwood on bass, Marcus James Henderson on keyboards, flute and harmony vocals, Chris Hicks on guitar and vocals, Rick Willis on guitar and vocals, as well as B.B. Borden on drums.
They opened with "This Old Cowboy" and it was followed by the infectious "Fire on The Mountain."
"Thank you for keeping Marshall Tucker Band around for 41 years. I know that it's hard to believe because cell phones weren't around that long," front-man Doug Gray said jokingly.
Chris Hicks sang lead on "Dog Eat Dog World," as Doug played tambourine and Marcus rocked the keyboards. It had a nice groove to it and it garnered the iconic southern rock group a standing ovation.
"All right. Thank you," Hicks said. "I get really excited on stage," Doug told the crowd. "You people continually sell out most of the show we do for you. Thank you for allowing me to turn 65 this year."
After 31 years of singing "Take the Highway," Doug noted that he gave it up and allowed Marcus Henderson to sing lead, as he delivered a killer flute solo and B.B. Borden was remarkable on drums. Similar to their previous tune, "Take the Highway" also received a huge standing ovation from the New York audience.
"Marcus James Henderson," Hicks exclaimed praising his band-mate.
They continued with "Heard It In a Love Song," which was yet another superb vocal performance that resonated with the fans.
Doug took his fans back in time to 1974, as he sang "Asking Too Much of You," backed by Marcus on keyboards.
"Thank you for remembering 1974," Doug said.
Marshall Tucker Band sang "Merry Christmas Baby" as a duet with their opener Twinkle, where she showcased her impressive pipes.
Their set also included "24 Hours at a Time" and their signature hit "Can't You See."
"God bless the Marshall Tucker Band," Twinkle said. "This night made our year. It has been just beautiful," the songstress added.
Lieutenant Scott Rywolt of a Connecticut fire station, who was in attendance, remarked, "Marshall Tucker Band was phenomenal tonight at B.B. Kings. They are down-to-earth guys and they sound as good as ever. They have been at the top of their game for the past four decades."
The Verdict
Overall, Marshall Tucker Band put yet another fantastic live show. This marked the fifth time that I am afforded the privilege to see them live and they really get better each time. The passion and soul they showcase in their music is one of a kind. Marshall Tucker Band is simply the hardest-working band in music. Twinkle put on a noteworthy mini-concert as well. Their show garnered an A+ rating.
For more information on Marshall Tucker Band and their tour dates, visit their website.
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