Gracing the stage at St Augustine, Florida’s “Southern Uprising” was Marshall Tucker Band. Sandwiched between The Outlaws and The Charlie Daniels Band the South Carolina band held their own. Marshall Tucker Band is currently on their 2018 “Juke Jamming Tour”. They proved their longevity by turning the crowd into a giant Florida sing alone. Crowd favorites “Can’t You See”, “Take The Highway”, Fire On The Mountain”, and their highest charting single “Heard It in a Love Song” from the album “Carolina Dreams” released in 1977, had every one involved.
Marshall Tucker isn’t in the band and never has been. While trying to name the band, legend has it the name was inscribed on the door key of a warehouse they had rented to practice in. The story is told that Marshall Tucker was a blind piano tuner that had rented the space before the band. Doug Gray (Lead Vocals) is the only original member, joining him on stage this night was Tony Black (Bass), Marcus James Henderson (Keyboards, sax, flute, vocals), B.B.Borden (Drums), Chris Hicks and Rick Willis (Guitars and Vocals).
The band sounded as sharp as ever and the flute playing of Marcus James Henderson is always a crowd favorite. Marshall Tucker was formed in 1972. They have recorded 23 studio and 4 live albums. Marshall Tucker is a Southern rock/Blues band that has been know to stretch out a tune or two with long jams. While listening, I forgot, or didn’t realize how familiar their catalog of songs were. I didn’t sing with the crowd, but a my foot was a goin.