Marshall Tucker Band:
While they might not have been the most commercially successful Southern rock act of the 70s, the Marshall Tucker Band was pivotal in the genre's rise to popularity. While their heyday was short-lived, they distinguished themselves from other Southern rock bands by employing elements of R&B, jazz, and gospel music alongside long instrumentals during tour dates. The Marshall Tucker Band has continued to release music and perform popular concert dates, utilizing an ever-revolving lineup of musicians that includes original keyboardist and vocalist, Doug Gray. The Marshall Tucker Band has plenty of tour dates in 2011, with concert dates that extend well into the end of the year. Fans of the Marshall Tucker Band will find them playing tour dates at various festivals, fairs, and even a cruise, so make sure to check Eventful for concert information.
The Marshall Tucker Band was formed using musicians that had played around Spartanburg, South Carolina for years. The original lineup consisted of lead guitarist and singer Toy Caldwell, Doug Gray, flutist Jerry Eubanks, guitarist George McCorkle, bassist Tommy Caldwell, and drummer Raul Riddle. The band began their recording career with five gold albums: their self-titled debut, A New Life, Where We All Belong, Searchin' for a Rainbow, and Long Hard Ride. Their rise to fame reached its pinnacle in 1977 with the release of Carolina Dreams, which went platinum. About a year after the 1979 release of Running Like the Wind, bassist Tommy Caldwell died as a result of injuries from a car accident and the Marshall Tucker Band briefly disbanded in 1983. Doug Gray would restart the band in 1988 with new members and continue to release albums and perform concert dates for over twenty years.
The Marshall Tucker Band has numerous tour dates in 2011, with the remaining concert dates in May taking place in Southern California. Highlighted concert dates for the rest of the tour include an appearance at the Wichita River Festival on June 4, the Enfield Fourth of July Town Celebration on July 9, and the 37th Annual Milford Oyster Festival on August 20. The Marshall Tucker Band will play a number of concert dates at festivals in September, including Septemberfest in Omaha on the 3rd and Chickenstock Live in Salisbury, Maryland on the 24th. October will bring the Marshall Tucker Band to a number of state fairs, including tour dates at the State Fair of Virginia and the Arkansas State Fair. After taking a break in November, the band will set sail on a number of concert dates on the Rock Legends Cruise. The cruise leaves on December 1 from Fort Lauderdale and will feature other southern rock legends like ZZ Top, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Foghat. While that will wrap up tour dates in 2011 for the Marshall Tucker Band, they are sure to have plenty more concert dates at the start of 2012.
Travis Tritt was one of the leading new country singers of the early '90s, holding his own against Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson. He was the only one not to wear a hat and the only one to dip into bluesy Southern rock. Consequently, he developed a gutsy, outlaw image that distinguished him from the pack. Throughout the early '90s, he had a string of platinum albums and Top Ten singles, including three number one hits.
Tritt fell in love with music as a child, teaching himself how to play guitar when he was eight and beginning to write songs when he was 14. Travis was determined to have a musical career, but his parents didn't encourage him to follow his instincts. His mother didn't mind that he wanted to perform, but she wanted him to sing gospel; his father was afraid there was no money in singing. When he was 18, he tried to settle down, work, and have a family but was unsuccessful -- he was married and divorced twice before he was 22. He continued to play music while working various jobs, including one at an air-conditioning company. The company's vice president was a guitarist who gave up hopes of a musical career and urged Tritt to follow his dreams. Tritt quit his job and began pursuing a career full-time.
In 1982, Tritt began his pursuit by recording a demo tape at a private studio which was owned by Danny Davenport, who happened to be an executive at Warner Brothers. Davenport heard the vocalist's songs and was impressed, deciding to take Tritt under his wing. For the next several years, the pair recorded demo tapes while Tritt played the honky tonk circuit. The singer was developing a distinctive sound, adding elements of country-rock and Southern rock to his honky tonk.
Partway through in 1989, Warner Brothers' Nashville division signed Tritt, and his debut album, Country Club, appeared in the stores in the spring 1990. It was preceded by the Top Ten hit, "Country Club." Upon the release of his debut album, Tritt entered the first ranks of new country singers. His next two singles, "Help Me Hold On" and "I'm Gonna Be Somebody," hit number one and two respectively. "Put Some Drive in Your Country," which had a clear rock & roll influence, stalled at number four, since radio programmers were reluctant to feature such blatantly rock-derived music.
Tritt had a breakthrough success with his second album, 1991's It's All About to Change - went into multi-platinum territory.
T-r-o-u-b-l-e, Tritt's third album, was released in 1992-it had the number one single, "Can I Trust You With My Heart," and went gold. Tritt came back in 1994 with Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof, which went platinum, spawned the number one single "Foolish Pride," and marked his highest position, number 20, on the pop charts. His 1995 compilation Greatest Hits: From the Beginning went platinum within six months of its November release. Restless Kind was released in 1996, followed two years later by No More Looking Over My Shoulder; Down the Road I Go was issued in fall 2000. Live in Concert appeared in 2007 from Big Bang while later that same year Category 5 released a new studio effort from Tritt called The Storm produced by the well known American Idol judge and musician Randy Jackson.
Travis recently wrapped production on the upcoming film “Fishers of Men” in which he portrayed the character Eddie Waters. Film will be released late 2011.He is currently traveling the country on his solo-acoustic tour and giving audiences an intimate experience playing his songs, and telling stories in a rare and intimate experience.