On Sept. 7, the iconic southern rock group Marshall Tucker Band, played at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Long Island. They opening for veteran Grammy-winning artist and fiddle player Charlie Daniels.
As indicated in the “about section” of their official Facebook page, the band is made up of Doug Gray on lead vocals, Marcus James Henderson on flute, keyboards and harmonies, Rick Willis on guitar, Pat Ellwood on bass, Chris Hicks on guitar and B.B. Borden on drums.
“How are you all doing tonight?” lead singer Doug Gray asked the crowd and he praised the Wounded Warrior Project as a charity that is dear to their hearts.
They opened their set with “This Ol’ Cowboy,” which was well-received.
“I would like to go ahead and have some fun,” remarked Gray.
The front-man noted that over the last five years there are more young fans in the crowd each night.
They continued with “Midnight Promises,” where Chris sang lead vocals and did a superb job on the tune.“Make some noise for Chris Hicks,” Gray said, praising his band-mate.
It was followed by the catchy “Fire on the Mountain,” where Gray had the audience singing and clapping along with him.
“I like it when you all sing with me,” Gray complimented the audience.
“I want to do something that most bands don’t normally do. I want to play this next song old school style,” he added.
The band went on to perform “Take The Highway,” which featured Henderson on lead vocals and an exceptional drum solo by Borden, which garnered them a standing ovation.
Gray continued with a new song in their set “Asking Too Much of You” and he noted that this marked the first time in 20 years that he plays this tune live. Henderson accompanied Gray on keyboards on this soulful, piano-driven ballad.
“Thank you,” Gray said graciously and he went on to extend his appreciation to the audience for keeping the band around for the past 41 years.
They closed their set with a stellar rendition of their signature song “Can’t You See,” which garnered them a lengthy standing ovation even before the song was over. Particularly impressive about this vocal is that it allowed every band member to showcase their distinct talent.
Overall, Marshall Tucker Band reigns supreme yet again at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Doug Gray is certainly the king of soulful southern rock music and his talented fellow band-members are all top-notch musicians and vocalists. Simply put, they are the best working band in the music business today. They put on a fantastic set while opening for southern rock living legend Charlie Daniels. Their show garnered 5 out of 5 stars and their live shows are highly recommended to fans of all ages.
For more information on Marshall Tucker Band, be sure to visit their official website.