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“Marcus has Southern Soul as part of his foundation. If you’re going to play rock ‘n’ roll with Marcus, you have to understand that element. It’s just who he is.”

Dan Auerbach 



Photo credit: Danny Clinch 



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‘Hard Working Man’ Single Artwork


"He used to be an insecure outcast. Now the guitarist is introducing southern rock to a new generation" - Rolling Stone Magazine


"His music reveals an old soul" - The New York Times


“Bends genres to his vocals, which possess a soulful grit, not unlike freshly greased tires on a dirt road” - Vulture


22 APRIL 2022 (TORONTO, ON) –  Marcus King today announced the release of Young Blood, his new solo album, produced by Dan Auerbach and released August 26 on Rick Rubin’s American Records/Republic Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. Pre-order available here.


All hail to Marcus King. The 26-year-old Grammy nominated innovative songwriter and phenomenal performer. Soon to become rock royalty with the release of Young Blood, a timeless concoction of swaggering rock and supersonic soul, drawing on his most stadium sized rock influences. He soon embarked on a world tour with headline dates across the U.S and Europe and festivals including Stagecoach. For more information please visit:


On first single “Hard Working Man,” King’s red hot guitar playing and soulful singing ignite with four to the floor drums and classic cowbell. The track premiered today with Rolling Stone Magazine, who stated, XXX. Listen here:


 “We tour almost 200 days of the year, and even when I’m home, I’m doing something,” King said, adding. “Working hard is just the way I was raised. It would make my grandfather proud to know I’m a hard working man and I’ve worked for everything I have. It’s an anthem for the people. You’ve got folks who work all week and spend their hard-earned money just to come see us. They’re the backbone of America. It’s a real blessing.”


Young Blood is an album about looking at tough times in your rear view mirror, although King shares that his anthemic tales of excess and salvation draw on some difficult and personal moments. King stated, “I was going through a lot during the album with addictions, breakups, and addictions because of breakups. I was overindulging in everything.” 


King added, “It’s not a big secret to my friends. I was in a real rough place for a while. I was trying to process the death of family members and I was on the wrong medications.


Despite the challenging personal circumstances, King has made his most accomplished work to date. One of his biggest fans, Dan Auerbach, exclaimed. “Music runs so deep in Marcus’s blood he might not even realize how born to do this he is. He’s the real deal. Marcus has Southern Soul as part of his foundation. If you’re going to play rock ‘n’ roll with Marcus, you have to understand that element. It’s just who he is. These songs are live performances. The whole damn thing is live—the solos and everything. It’s so rare in this day and age.”


King and Auerbach set out to capture the classic power trio sound, which was pioneered in the late 60s and 70s, with a distinct sonic triad of bass, drums, and guitar. The album was recorded at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville summer 2021, with acclaimed musicians including Chris St. Hilaire on drums and Nick Movshon on bass. Songs were written by King and Auerbach in collaboration with legends from Desmond Child and Angelo Petraglia, noted for their work with bands from Aerosmith to Kings of Leon.


King has been an outlier from the very beginning. A fourth generation musician from Greenville, SC, who learned guitar at age 3 from his blues rock musician father Marvin King. He navigated troublesome school years to quickly become known as one of the most promising young artists of our time. He followed his breakout success with The Marcus King Band, with his Auerbach produced 2020 solo album debut, El Dorado. It garnered a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Americana Album” and critical praise from NPR to Rolling Stone. With unparalleled performance prowess and a dynamic live show, King has sold out historic venues from The Beacon to The Filmore. He has opened for Chris Stapleton, Greta Van Fleet, and Nathaniel Rateliff and graced the bills of Stagecoach, Fuji Rock, Rock Werchter and more. He also recently launched his own signature Orange guitar amplifier, the MK Ultra, which sold out before it even hit the stores.


King will continue to tear up the rulebook with the release Young Blood, redefining the route to modern rock stardom with a timeless sound and a singular voice, equal parts grease and grit, set to soon establish him as one of the most soulful vocalists of his generation. 


  1. It’s Too Late
  2. Lie Lie Lie
  3. Rescue Me
  4. Pain
  5. Good and Gone
  6. Blood On The Tracks
  7. Hard Working Man
  8. Aim High
  9. Dark Cloud
  10. Whisper
  11. Blues Worse Than I Ever Had




APR 27 WED - Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay - San Diego, CA, United States 

APR 29 FRI - Stagecoach 2022 - Indio, CA, United States

APR 30 SAT - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ, United States

MAY 1 SUN - Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ, United States

MAY 3 TUE - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM, United States

MAY 6 FRI - Avalon Theatre - Grand Junction, CO, United States

MAY 7 SAT - Belly Up  - Aspen, CO, United States - SOLD OUT 

MAY 8 SUN - Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO, United States - SOLD OUT  

MAY 10 TUE - Pub Station  - Billings, MT, United States

MAY 11 WED - Wilma Theatre - Missoula, MT, United States 

MAY 13 FRI - The Palace Theatre - Calgary, AB, Canada

MAY 14 SAT - Midway Music • Arcade • Kitchen - Edmonton, AB, Canada

MAY 16 MON - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC, Canada

MAY 18 WED - Knitting Factory Concert House  - Spokane, WA, United States

MAY 20 FRI - Knitting Factory Concert House - Boise, ID, United States

MAY 21 SAT - Border House at Crystal Bay - Crystal Bay, NV, United States

MAY 23 MON - Arcata Theatre Lounge - Arcata, CA, United States 

MAY 24 TUE - Felton Music Hall - Felton, CA, United States SOLD OUT  

MAY 27 FRI - BottleRock Napa Valley 2022 - Napa County, CA, United States 

JUN 17 FRI - Azkena Rock Festival 2022 - Gasteiz / Vitoria, Spain

JUN 23 THU - Fairview Park - Dublin, Ireland* 

JUN 25 SAT - Alexandra Palace - London, United Kingdom*

JUN 26 SUN - The Globe - Cardiff, United Kingdom

JUN 28 TUE - O2 Apollo Manchester - Manchester, United Kingdom*

JUN 29 WED - O2 Apollo Manchester - Manchester, United Kingdom* 

JUN 30 THU - Rock City - Nottingham, United Kingdom

JUL 3 SUN - Rockhal - Esch-sur-alzette, Luxembourg

JUL 5 TUE - Oosterpoort - Groningen, Netherlands

JUL 6 WED - Cognac Blues Passions 2022 - Cognac, France

JUL 7 THU - Doornroosje - Nijmegen, Netherlands 

JUL 8 FRI - North Sea Jazz Festival 2022 - Rotterdam, Netherlands 

JUL 16 SAT - Wild Hare Music Festival 2022 - Canby, OR, United States 

JUL 27 WED - FloydFest 22- Heartbeat 2022 - Floyd, VA, United States

SEP 15 THU - Bourbon & Beyond 2022 - Louisville, KY, United States


*with Greta Van Fleet


More about Marcus King: 

GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist, performer, and songwriter Marcus King was downright destined to play music. By eight-years-old, the fourth generation Greenville, SC native 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. During 2020, he linked up with Dan Auerbach [The Black Keys] and cut his solo debut El Dorado, garnering a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Americana Album.” Beyond praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and more, Rolling Stone christened it “excellent,” and Associated Press went as far as to claim, “El Dorado already stands out as a definite high point of 2020.” In between packing venues on his own, he performed alongside Chris Stapleton, Greta Van Fleet, and Nathanial Rateliff in addition to gracing the bills of Stagecoach and more with one seismic show after the next. Along the way, he caught the attention of Rick Rubin and signed to American Recordings.

Plugged into his old man’s dusty amp with a ’59 Les Paul in hand, Marcus set out to make a rock ‘n’ roll record in 2022. He didn’t disguise his ambitions at all. He didn’t hold back. He didn’t think about anything but writing from the gut, shooting from the hip, and playing straight from the heart. Joined by Auerbach, he made the kind of rock ‘n’ roll record that makes arenas and asses shake, and it’s called Young Blood [American Recordings/Republic Records].