25 Apr Symphony on the Prairie: Marshall Tucker Band
From Gates open at 6:00 PM
At Conner Prairie
13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038
Kroger Symphony on the Prairie is pleased to welcome the iconic southern rock and country group, the Marshall Tucker Band!
The Marshall Tucker Band came together as a young, hungry, and quite driven six-piece outfit in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972, having duly baptized themselves with the name of a blind piano tuner after they found it inscribed on a key to their original rehearsal space and theyve been in tune with tearing it up on live stages both big and small all across the globe ever since. Plus, the bands mighty music catalog, consisting of more than 20 studio albums and a score of live releases, has racked up multi-platinum album sales many times over. A typically rich MTB setlist is bubbling over with a healthy dose of hits like the heartfelt singalong Heard It in a Love Song, the insistent pleading of Cant You See (the signature tune of MTBs late co-founding lead guitarist and then-principal songwriter Toy Caldwell), the testifying Fire on the Mountain, the wanderlust gallop of Long Hard Ride, and the explosive testimony of Ramblin, to name but a few.
Indeed, the secret ingredient to the ongoing success of The Marshall Tucker Bands influence can be seen and felt far and wide throughout many mainstream digital outlets (Netflix, Amazon, etc.). In essence, its this inimitable down-home sonic style that helped make the MTB the first truly progressive Southern band to grace this nations airwaves the proof of which can be found within the grooves and ever-shifting gears of Take the Highway, the first song on their self-titled April 1973 debut album on Capricorn Records, The Marshall Tucker Band. We had the commonality of having all grown up together in Spartanburg, explains Gray about his original MTB bandmates, guitar wizard Toy Caldwell and his brother, bassist Tommy Caldwell, alongside rhythm guitarist George McCorkle, drummer Paul T. Riddle, and flautist/saxophonist Jerry Eubanks.
The Marshall Tucker Bands influence can be felt far and wide through many respected contemporaries and the artists whove followed the path forged by their collective footsteps and footstomps. MTB helped originate and personify what was to become known as Southern rock, and I was privileged to watch it all come together in the 70s, night after night, said the legendary late Charlie Daniels. In fact, The Charlie Daniels Band has played more dates with The Marshall Tucker Band over the past years than any other band weve ever worked with. Even after all these years after the tragedies, the miles, the personnel changes, and the many developments in the music business.
Doug Gray sees no end to the road that lies ahead for The Marshall Tucker Band, whose legacy is being carried forward by the man himself and his current bandmates, drummer B.B. Borden (Mothers Finest, The Outlaws), bassist/vocalist Ryan Ware, keyboardist/saxophonist/flautist/vocalist Marcus James Henderson, guitarist/vocalist Chris Hicks, and guitarist/ vocalist Rick Willis.