The Marshall Tucker Band will headline the Friday night concert at the Secret City Festival in June.
The band’s hits include “Heard It in a Love Song” and “Can’t You See.”
The Marshall Tucker Band started in Spartanburg, South Carolina, signed with Capricorn Records in 1972, and opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, a press release said.
In 1974, the band began to headline its own shows across America due to the strong sales of its debut album, which went platinum, the release said. The Marshall Tucker Band toured rigorously over the years, playing sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs, and festivals.
After 41 years, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to play on country and classic rock radio and has never stopped touring, the release said.
Today, the band includes Doug Gray, Pat Elwood, Rick Willis, B.B. Borden, Marcus Henderson, and Chris Hicks. They will play at the Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge on Friday, June 12.
Here’s more information about the band from the press release:
The Marshall Tucker Band started when Doug Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle, and Jerry Eubanks. The band borrowed the name “Marshall Tucker” from a piano tuner whose key ring they found in their old rehearsal space.
In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame. The MTB opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows across America due to the platinum-plus sales of their debut album. They toured rigorously over the years, playing sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs and festivals.
The Marshall Tucker Band impressed critics and influenced major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, and gospel.
In 1980, Tommy Caldwell passed away. In 1984, Toy Caldwell, McCorkle and Riddle retired. Gray and Eubanks, with blessings from the other three, continued to record and perform as The Marshall Tucker Band. In 1993, Toy Caldwell passed away, as did McCorkle in 2007. Eubanks retired in 1996, and Gray continued on to lead the current band.
Over the years, the band has recorded 22 studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums, and many compilations. The MTB earned seven gold and three platinum albums with Capricorn Records. In the 1990s, they scored four hit singles on Billboards Country Chart, and one on Billboards Gospel Chart. Their music has been featured on soundtracks of movies such as “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper,” “Shipwrecked,” “Crank 2,” “Don’t Mess with Zohan,” “Stop Loss,” “Swing Vote,” “Taking Chance,” and many others, as well as many TV shows.
Today, the band records on its own Ramblin’ Records label, which is distributed by Sony through a joint venture with SHOUT! Factory. The MTB continues to record new material and tour the country regularly to the delight of their fans, old and new.
Concert tickets go on sale May 1.
See the Secret City Festival website here.
See the headliners concert page here.