MANCHESTER >> Wake the kids and call the neighbors: The Marshall Tucker Band is coming to town.
The band will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 at Northshire Civic Center at Riley Rink in Hunter Park.
Part of the Southern Vermont Rockin' Concert Series, proceeds will benefit the L.E.A.D. initiative in Vermont.
The performance is also part of the Southern Rock group's Long Hard Ride Tour and 45th anniversary celebration.
Hit singles from the legendary Marshall Tucker Band include "Desert Skies," "Heard It In A Love Song," "Can't You See," "Fire On The Mountain" and "Take The Highway."
The band's latest album is "Live in the UK 1976."
In the early fall of 1973, The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage.
"We were a bunch of young guys who didn't know any boundaries," said founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray.
Today, the band records on its own Ramblin' Records Label (distributed by Sony/RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material. Still led today by Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated.
Gray is quick to credit the band's current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound. Current members include drummer B.B. Borden, a former member of both Mother's Finest and The Outlaws; multi instrumentalist Marcus Henderson of Macon, Georgia, plays flute, saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and background vocals; Pat Elwood on bass guitar, and Rick Willis on lead guitar and vocals, both of Spartanburg S.C. Lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be powerful force in the world of music.
The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, S.C. when Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name "Marshall Tucker" from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space.
In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame. The MTB opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows across America due to the platinum-plus sales of their debut album. They toured constantly, playing sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs, and festivals.
In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel.
Along the way, the band has recorded 22 studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations.
In 1980, Tommy Caldwell died as a result of injuries from an auto accident. In 1984, Toy Caldwell, George McCorkle, and Paul Riddle decided to retire. Doug Gray and Jerry Eubanks, with the blessings of the other three, continued to record and perform as The Marshall Tucker Band.
1n 1993 Toy Caldwell, who wrote the majority of their songs, passed away, as did George McCorkle in 2007. Jerry Eubanks retired in 1996 and Doug Gray continues to lead the current band.