21.5 C
Byron Shire
December 7, 2022

Marcus King of Bluesfest

Latest News

NSW Labor candidate announced for Ballina

Andrew Broadley has been named the NSW Labor candidate for Ballina for the March 2023 election.

Other News

Tyalgum ready to celebrate the festive season

Tyalgum are looking forward to a very exciting Festive Season as the alternative route to town is now upgraded and they are looking forward to an exciting range of events are on.

Feel your bliss

After a year’s absence owing to Covid, House of Bliss is proud to present its 9th all-day chant festival...

Waste solutions

Australia has a waste problem. Take plastic for example. Australians throw away around 179 million empty bottles of shampoo,...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Is it better not to report rape?

We failed Brittany Higgins. Our judicial system is so brutalising the only way to keep her safe was to drop the charges against her alleged rapist.

Disco Byron style

Groove Terminator and Rodd Richards are proud to present for the very first time in Byron Bay, France’s very...

Fingal Foreshore Park ready for holiday fun

The Tweed Shire Council is very happy to unveil a new playground at Fingal Foreshore Park that celebrates the rich cultural history of the Tweed coastal village.

Marcus King

Grammy-nominated artist, performer, and songwriter Marcus King was destined to play music. By eight years of age, the fourth-generation Greenville, South Carolina, native had performed alongside pops, grandpa, and his uncles for the first time. Logging thousands of miles on the road as The Marcus King Band, he established himself with unparalleled performance prowess and a dynamic live show. 

It’s hard to know if King is a stellar guitarist with an awesome voice, or an incredible singer with virtuoso guitar skills – either way King smashed out an awesome set at his first Bluesfest appearance in 2019 and he’s back for another bite, with bark, in 2023.

Seven caught up with King on the weekend before the Chicago show on his current tour.

I was very interested to hear you have studied jazz. Do you bring some of the jazz world into the world you’re in now?

Absolutely. I mean, there’s never anything wrong with expanding your vocabulary even if it may not be the world that you’re going to be pursuing. Because I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a career in session work, or jazz, as it were, but expanding my vocabulary as a musician all around – it was certainly helpful.

What was your impression of Bluesfest when you were here in 2019?

I thought it was really a real gas, you know? We got a lot of friends down there and got see some folks that you don’t usually get to see on a regular basis. So we were all just really happy to be there. And we got to play a few other dates and Melbourne and Sydney. And I got a tattoo. I just had a really good time kill.

Are you bringing new music to Byron Bay at Easter?

Absolutely. So the new record, Youngblood, just came out and we’re touring that record right now. We’ve got a little time off for the winter and we’ll be coming to you with this material and maybe even some more new stuff.

Do you find that when you came to Australia, a lot of people were ignorant of who you were?

Well, you know, that’s kind of how we approach every show. Like this is your first time seeing us. We try to play every performance like it’s your first time seeing us and also our  last time playing. I don’t really like to assume that people have seen us before. And you know, we want it to really count. That’s our kind of a mindset with every show.

Do you have any thoughts about playing smaller venues and playing the big festivals? Is there a different vibe for you? 

We try to approach every show with the same amount of bravado. But, you know, festivals are a little different, because you usually end up having a bit of an abbreviated set time. And with that being the case you kind of find yourself doing a few medleys and you find yourself trying to condense a two-hour show into 45 minutes or so. It’s usually a lot more bark in festivals.

Marcus King will be bringing plenty of bark to Blues – for more info, visit: bluesfest.com.au.

Previous article Byron Latin Fiesta
Next articleTicket to paradise

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Varroa mite Red Zone expansion

Varroa mites are the most serious pest to honeybees worldwide, and can destroy honey bee colonies if left unchecked and the current eradication zone has been expanded.

Tyalgum ready to celebrate the festive season

Tyalgum are looking forward to a very exciting Festive Season as the alternative route to town is now upgraded and they are looking forward to an exciting range of events are on.

Take action against 15 months jail for climate protester

Northern Rivers locals are gathering in Lismore this Saturday to protest the imprisonment of non-violent climate activist Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco who stopped one lane of traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April.

Agritourism policy forced upon LGAs

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has ignored Byron Shire Council’s urgent request to delay the forced adoption of the NSW government’s agritourism policy. The policy came into effect last week in all local government areas (LGAs).