Marcus King brings high-flying rock trio antics to night three of ‘Four Of A Kind’

By Matt Wickstrom

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Marcus King wasted no time getting hot and heavy during night three of his ‘Four Of A Kind’ streaming tour from Nashville, where sucker punching instrumentals and fuzzy riffs were the theme of the night, breathing a new life into many of King’s own songs along with a slew of familiar covers.

The evening as a whole, but particularly the start, was a stark contrast from last week’s ‘Four Of A Kind’ show that saw King open the show with five songs either solo or as a duo before welcoming his full band out for the remainder of the show. Last night King was joined throughout the show by bassist Stephen Campbell and drummer Jack Ryan, who quickly catapulted the volume and intensity in the room through the roof with a continuous, opening jam of “What’s Right” from King’s 2017 Due North EP into Mountain’s 1970 hit “Never In My Life” followed by “Virginia” featuring a tease of the Black Crowe’s “My Morning Song” before ending on “Honey” from 2015’s Soul Insight.

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From there King guided the performance down a bluesy tangent with a recreation of Billy Cobham’s “Stratus” before diving into another medley with “Cherie Berry” turning into an instrumental of Chicago’s epic “25 Or 6 To 4” ahead of morphing into Billy Holiday’s “Gloomy Sunday.”

Jumping back into the action, King delivered a bluesy breakdown on the quarantine appropriate B.B. King cover “Don’t Answer The Door” singing “Woman, I don’t wanna a soul / Hangin’ around my house when I’m not at home,” in this instance referring to limiting social interactions and the potential spread of COVID-19 rather than the song’s original connotations about infidelity.

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A hard-driving rendition of King’s “Dyin'” came next before evolving into Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want To Make Love To You” that included a snippet of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s iconic number “Ohio,” with King howling the song’s opening verse “Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’ / We’re finally on our own / This summer I hear the drummin’ / Four dead in Ohio” before reversing course and cutting back into “I Just Want To Make Love To You.”

King then tore into Blind Faith’s gritty, bluesy and soul-shattering “Had To Cry Today” ahead of moving into “Keep Moving” and Sam Cooke’s timeless anthem of empowerment “A Change Is Gonna Come” and Son House’s dusty jam “Grinnin’ In Your Face,” which featured a toned down opening compared to most of the performance, with King taking to the song’s first handful of lines with only claps accompanying his commanding voice, which carried the full weight of the song’s words with ease before returning to the show’s over-the-top rock antics on “Welcome ‘Round Here.”

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The King trio then welcomed Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds to the stage for the night’s final two songs, covers of ZZ Top’s “Thunderbird” and Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral,” the later of which saw Hinds start off on lead vocals, eventually swapping them with King before capping things off with an epic jam that saw the two guitarists both turn to each other and start trading licks back and forth as the show stormed to it’s conclusion with reckless abandon.

The Marcus King Band will finish off it’s ‘Four Of A Kind’ tour next Monday, Aug. 3, when he’ll perform a tribute to The Band’s The Last Waltz alongside guests Jennifer Hartswick, Devon Gilfillian, Early James, Elizabeth Cook, Ida Mae, Maggie Rose, Nicki Bluhm and Sierra Ferrell. To purchase tickets visit MarcusKingBand.com.

A clip shared on Facebook by the Marcus King Band of the show-closing “Electric Funeral” jam

Marcus King Trio 7/27/2020 at an undisclosed location in Nashville

What’s Right —>
Never In My Life —>
Virginia [1] —>
Honey —>
Stratus
Cherie Berry —>
25 Or 6 To 4 —>
Gloomy Sunday —>
Don’t Answer The Door
Dyin’ —>
I Just Want To Make Love To You [2]  
Had To Cry Today —>
Keep Moving —>
A Change Is Gonna Come —>
Grinnin’ In Your Face
Welcome ‘Round Here
Thunderbird (ZZ Top cover) [3] —>
Electric Funeral (Black Sabbath cover) [3] [4]

[1] with a tease of The Black Crowes’ “My Morning Song”
[2] with a tease of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Ohio”
[3] with Brent Hinds on guitar
[4] with Brent Hinds sharing lead vocals

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