September 25th, 2009 at 6:03 am
Marshal Tucker (one L) is real.
But look for him onstage tonight (Sept. 25) at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, and you won’t find him.
He had previously rented a space in Spartanburg, S.C., that a new band had taken over. The band found his name on a set of keys, added an ‘L’ and used it as their own and proceeded to become one of the better-known names in Southern rock music, cranking out hits such as “Heard It in a Love Song,” “Can’t You See” and “Fire on the Mountain.”
The Marshall Tucker Band, despite lineup chances caused by both tragedy and attrition, continue to play nearly 40 years after they started. Their performance tonight comes as part of the inaugural Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods, Too event, part of the much larger Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally that continues through tomorrow (Sept. 26).
Doug Gray, the band’s lead singer, chatted with the Northwest Arkansas Times about coping with the deaths of several of the band’s original members and the process he’s gone through to replace them with new faces. He also talked about the band’s propensity to switch fluidly between jazz, blues and rock, sometimes on the same night.
Read the story that resulted from the interview here.
Tickets to the concert are $10 and are available by calling (877) 837-6616 or through its Web site. Gates open at 6 p.m. Opening acts include Steve Pryor and Oreo Experience, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix by locals Oreo Blue.
There is plenty of other music going on during the rally, too.
Blues music takes place Saturday at the AMP, and dozens of acts are on the stage elsewhere. We’ve got additional coverage here, if you’re interested.