Marcus King’s debut solo record El Dorado has topped multiple charts following its release last week.
The album is his fastest selling release to date and debuted at #1 on several charts, including the UK Americana chart, Top New Artist, Americana Folk, Current Rock, Blues Albums, as well as #12 on the US Top Current Albums chart.
Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the record was released on Snakefarm Records in the UK to widespread critical acclaim.
King has also released his latest video, an acoustic performance of the song ‘Break’, taken from El Dorado. The video features Dan Auerbach on guitar. Introducing the video, King tells the background story to ‘Break’ – a song about two people who are in love but are in a broken relationship.
King explains, “The one party knows they’re going to hurt the other one because it’s kind of in their way and the other person knows they’re going to be broken hearted. It’s just to kind of say that if you’re going to have your heart broken anyway, at least let me be the one to do so.”
King made his debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and Fresh Air. Rolling Stone Magazine showcased him on the cover of The Mix in their latest issue, alongside wider support from NPR Music, The New York Times, The Sun, Mojo, Uncut, Classic Rock, Planet Rock and more.
El Dorado is a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, and has established the 23-year-old phenom as one of the most soulful voices of his generation. King‘s arresting vocals feature as the lead instrument, taking centre-stage alongside a genre-bending blend of subtle acoustics, bright pedal steel, raucous electric guitars and blistering solos.
Following the release of El Dorado, King will continue his winter and spring world tour with his band, The Marcus King Band, due to hit the UK next month.
Sat 22nd – Glasgow, UK – Oran More
Sun 23rd – Dublin, IE – Whelans
Tue 25th – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Wed 26th – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
Thu 27th – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Fri 28th – Bristol, UK – Thekla