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World Cafe Next: The Marcus King Band

The 22-year-old blues-rock guitarist is clearly an old soul. Hear two songs from his forthcoming album.
From the first note of The Marcus King Band's self-titled Fantasy Records debut, you can hear that this guy is an old soul. It might be a surprise, then, to learn that the singer and guitarist is only 22 years old. King grew up in South Carolina, where he played sideman to blues musicians and honed his formidable talent. The album's producer, Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule and The Allman Brothers Band, compares his guitar artistry to that of Derek Trucks. The Marcus King Band will be released Sept. 23, but you can hear two songs from the album in the player above.

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