Greenville’s Marcus King Band has been riding high recently. In the last year, they’ve released a self-titled album of tough, exploratory blues-rock with former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes behind the boards; Marcus has landed on the cover of Guitar Player magazine; and the band has played the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, among many other milestones.
And in addition to creating their own music festival, the Family Reunion in Pisgah from Oct. 6–7 (which will feature two performances by the MKB, along with appearances from Blackberry Smoke, former Meter George Porter Jr., and former Allman Brothers percussionist Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band), fans of the band have some new music to look forward to.
On Sept. 28, they announced the surprise release of an EP called “Due North,” which will feature three additional tracks from their sessions with Haynes, an explosive 15-minute live medley of their original song “Sharry Barry,” and covers of percussionist Jeff Sipe’s “Sliced Milk,” Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” Funkadelic’s “I’ll Stay,” and the jazz standard “Gloomy Sunday,” which is most commonly associated with Billie Holiday.
“The ‘Due North’ EP is a love note from the band of words we didn’t get to say,” King said in a press release. “These are songs that are a big part of our live repertoire that we would like to share with everyone.”
The digital-only EP will be released on Friday, Oct. 27.