The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, S.C., when lead singer Doug Gray teamed up with Tommy and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle, and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name Marshall Tucker from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring 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, it began to headline its own shows across America, thanks to the Platinum sales of its debut album. The band toured constantly, playing sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs, and festivals.
In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, R&B, jazz, country, and gospel. Along the way, the band has recorded 22 studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums, and many compilations. With hit singles like "Heard It in a Love Song," "Fire on the Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take the Highway," The MTB earned seven Gold and three Platinum certifications while on the Capricorn Records label. During the '90s, the outfit scored four hit singles on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's gospel chart. The band's music has also been featured on the soundtracks of numerous movies, including Blow (2001), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), Stop Loss (2008), Swing Vote (2008), Taking Chance (2009), and many others.
"The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock 'n' roll" says Gray, who still fronts the band today. "They called us a Southern rock band, but we have always played everything from country, jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll, and all things in between. As we've become older," Gray grins, eyes twinkling, "our Southern heritage seems to come out even more. But no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off." After 40 years, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to be played on classic rock and country radio stations. The band now records on its own Ramblin' Records label, distributed by Sony by way of a joint venture with Shout! Factory, and it continues to record new material and tour the country regularly, to the delight of fans old and new.
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