If you wander past the magazine aisle at the grocery store this week, take a closer look at the stands. You might see a familiar face.

Twenty-one-year-old Marcus King, singer, guitarist, and bandleader for Greenville’s own Marcus King Band, is a first-time cover boy for Guitar Player magazine, one of the most popular and oldest guitar magazines in America.

Launched in 1967, the monthly magazine provides everything from song tablatures to equipment tips alongside interviews with some of the best-known guitarists around. And now the Upstate guitarist, who’s in the midst of touring to promote his band’s self-titled LP, is ecstatic about it.

“Guitar Player magazine has been on the coffee table at my house since I was a little kid,” King says. “My father has cases of issues of Guitar Player from decades past.”

And that might be the most important part of the cover excitement for Marcus: Telling his father, a skilled guitarist and performer in his own right.

“My heart jumped from my chest when I was able to tell my dad that I was going to be on the cover,” he says. “He’s always been my biggest supporter and musical guru.”

King is also flattered to be grouped in with players who have been featured on past covers of the magazine, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and one of his musical idols, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

“I’m honored to be included among so many other incredible musicians,” he says. “I haven’t entirely processed it yet. But with all blessings and good things I’ve had happen in my life recently, hopefully this will be another means of motivation for me to keep pushing.”

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