On March 15, The Marshall Tucker Band performed at the Paramount in Huntington, Long Island. Frontman Doug Gray greeted the New York crowd and noted that it has been seventeen years since they last played at that venue (which had a different name at the time).
The iconic southern-rock group is comprised of lead singer Doug Gray, Rick Willis on vocals and guitar, Pat Elwood on bass and backing vocals, Chris Hicks on guitar, Marcus Henderson on flute, saxophone, keyboards and harmonies, as well as B.B. Borden on drums.
They commenced their set with “This Ol’ Cowboy,” which was well-received.
“All right,” Doug said with excitement. “How are you doing out there? Thank you very much.”
It was following with the melodically stunning “Heard It In a Love Song,” where they had the crowd singing along.
“They told me I can have all the fun I want to tonight,” Doug stated. “Our last 18 shows have all been sold out.”
Chris Hicks went on to sing lead on “Dog Eat Dog World” and it was followed by their 1980 song “Running Like The Wind” from their Warner Brothers era.
Marcus sang lead on “Take the Highway,” which also showcased his wide vocal range and prowess on flute and garnered them a standing ovation.
Doug introduced the audience to the talented multi-instrumentalist Tom Hampton who joined the group this evening on steel guitar and they performed “Fire On the Mountain.”
My personal favorite song was their rendition of “Blue Ridge Mountain Sky,” which highlighted every band member’s talent as the stage was graced in green and blue lights. Rick did a stellar job on vocals, as well as Pat, Doug, Chris and Marcus on this tune’s harmonies.
“Let’s go back to 1973,” Doug told the crowd as he delivered a solo and emotional version of “Bob Away My Blues,” where he was joined with Rick on guitar.
“Can’t You See” was the fan-favorite song of the evening, where every audience member sang along to its catchy chorus.
Overall, The Marshall Tucker Band did a stellar job performing for their Long Island fan-base at the Paramount. Doug Gray’s soulful vocals were as strong as ever and Chris, Marcus, Ricky and B.B. all soared on their instruments and backing vocals. They proved yet again that they are by far one of the hardest-working and best-loved bands in the music industry.
According to Barbara Goldsmith, a fan and attendee, she remarked, “The show was fantastic. I loved every minute of it. I was dancing and singing the entire night. Doug was amazing. He is a true legend and they are all phenomenal musicians. Looking forward to seeing them again.”
To learn more about The Marshall Tucker Band, check out their official website.