Billy Strings and Maggie Rose join Marcus King for an epic second installment of “Four of a Kind”

By Matt Wickstrom

Marcus King, Four of a Kind, Billy Strings

Guitar phenoms Marcus King and Billy Strings reunited Monday evening, along with the jubilant soul-pop harmonies of Maggie Rose, for a star-studded second installment of King’s “Four of a Kind” virtual concert series from an undisclosed location in Middle Tennessee.

Despite the high-flying antics experienced throughout most of the evening, King began the show in a much more subdued, albeit still powerful manner, performing the night’s first three songs solo and acoustic, kicking things off with raw cuts of originals “Remember” and “Guitar In My Hands” before diving into a stripped-down version of Blaze Foley’s “Clay Pigeons.”

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King then summoned out pianist Pete Levin to perform a poignant cover of the late Mac Miller’s “Come Back to Earth” before introducing Maggie Rose to the stage to join him on vocals for the live debut of “Bipolar Love,” a new tune penned by King, a heartfelt ballad about growing stronger in your relationships in both bad times and good, with the two pulling together for the song’s chorus “If we can grow together / Then I know forever you’ll be mine / But if we lose each other / Then I know your love I may find.”

Following “Bipolar Love” King welcomed his full band to the stage to accompany him and Rose on the rambunctious southern rock jam “Autumn Rains” prior to handing lead vocals over to Rose for the next song, “What Makes You Tick,” a song co-written by Rose and King making its live debut that will also appear on Rose’s next studio release. The song featured an infectious, funky beat to accompany Rose’s empowering vocals.

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The group then turned the vibes from funk to soul and gospel on a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” which again saw Rose handling lead vocals. Following the song King then introduced the evenings other special guest, Billy Strings, ushering him to the stage with an electric guitar in hand to play and take the reigns singing the Gram Parsons’ penned “Hickory Wind,” kicking off a string of epic and jam-filled covers that also included performances of Ten Years After’s “I’d Love To Change The World,” the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Highway Chile” and the Allman Brothers Band’s marathon instrumental “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.”

Following the intrepid guitar masterclass Kings and Strings welcomed Rose back to the stage to close out the show with another cover, this one being John Lennon’s 1971 hit song “Power To The People,” a revolutionary anthem about standing up and using your actions to push for positive change in the world, a message that most all of us can get behind right during the current trying times.

King returns to action for episode three of “Four of a Kind” on July 27 at 9 p.m. ET. Head to MarcusKingBand.com for details.

Marcus King Band “Four of a Kind” Setlist July 20, 2020

Remember ^
Guitar In My Hands ^
Clay Pigeons ^
Come Back to Earth %
Bipolar Love #
Autumn Rains #
What Makes You Tick # 
People Get Ready #
Hickory Wind $
I’d Love To Change The World $
Highway Chile $
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed $
Power To The People #$

^ Marcus King solo acoustic
% w/Pete Levin on piano
# w/Maggie Rose
$ w/Billy Strings

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