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WHERE A COUNTRY BOY BELONGS
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND
(SHOUT! FACTORY)  2006

 

          When the Marshall Tucker Band came onto the music scene back in 1972, it was obvious that this was a band that could not be denied. Their influences were across the board, from blues to jazz to sweet soul music, but there was one element that tied it all together– the overwhelming presence of country music. These six good ol’ boys from Spartanburg, South Carolina have consistently rocked the concert stages, but underneath it all, they were always proud of their country roots.

         Although their debut album helped to define the Southern rock genre, there was an undercurrent of country tradition in the Toy Caldwell songs “See You Later, I’m Gone,” to the heartfelt “Losing You,” a song later recorded by Hank Williams. Jr.

       While the band was busy conquering the rock world of the 70s and 80s with such massive hits as “Can’t You See,” “Searchin’ for a RainboThe Marshall Tucker Band from a childhood filled with family and friends, freight trains, cotton mills, peach sheds and soda fountains. It’s a Southern thing. Pure country magic.

 

-Michael Buffalo Smith, www.gritz.net

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