Today, The Marcus King Band shared their first-ever official music video for “Goodbye Carolina,” a poignant, lyrical ballad from their critically acclaimed album Carolina Confessions. The visual, directed by Tess Lafia and shot in Nashville, is a stunning portrayal of the pain and struggle of change, a subject that resonates with King, who recently moved to Music City from his native Greenville, South Carolina.
“With all my material, I like the listener to draw their own conclusion as to the meaning of the lyrics; I want the song to be what it means to you.” Marcus remarks. “That being said, ‘Goodbye Carolina’ came to me in a daydream, an apparition of a dear songwriter friend we had lost only a year prior. I wrote from his perspective, and often feel the song was written through me. The lyrics simultaneously describe my need to break out and escape bad memories, loss, and pain associated with my hometown, using the state as a personification of things I decided to leave behind.”
With the release of the acclaimed, Dave Cobb produced Carolina Confessions and an unceasing string of standout performances, The Marcus King Band have become one of the most exciting new arrivals in American music. The band — guitarist vocalist and songwriter, Marcus King, drummer Jack Ryan, bassist Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell and keyboard player DeShawn “D-Vibes” Alexander, are fresh from a standout week at this year’s SXSW, including searing sets at Willie Nelson’s Luck Revival and Antone’s, which Rolling Stone named one of the festival’s 30 best performances.
The band also recently performed a mesmerizing version of “Goodbye Carolina” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert — watch HERE.
The official video release comes as the soulful rockers embark on a high-profile international tour. Beginning April 9th, The Marcus King Band will make their second trip to Japan for the Billboard Live Festival, play dates in Australia as a part of the Byron Bay Bluesfest, return home for three headlining dates at The Brooklyn Bowl in June, before heading to Europe for festival plays. Returning to the States in early July MKB, will then join country music juggernaut Chris Stapleton for his All-American Road Show tour.
Most recently it was announced the band will perform as a part of the historic Woodstock 50 Festival this August. For more information and tickets please visit www.marcuskingband.com
June 15 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Isle of Wight Festival
June 16 – Holmfirth, UK @ Holmfirth Picturedrome
June 18 – Leeds, UK @ The Wardrobe
June 19 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
June 21 – Kent, UK – Black Deer Festival.