24-year-old phenom singer and songwriter Marcus King performed “Wildflowers & Wine” from his debut solo album El Dorado on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last night.
El Dorado was recently nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Americana Album. The album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys who was also nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Producer. Despite 2020 being a slow year for most, King kept busy and raised $80,000 for the GRAMMY® non-profit MusiCares with his Four of a Kind livestream series, which took place over the summer and featured musical guests such as Billy Strings, Brent Hinds of Mastodon, Jennifer Hartswick, Devon Gilfillian as well as singer-songwriter Early James. He also had two successful drive-in tours as the Marcus King Trio and just recently had a three night socially distanced run at famed Nashville rock club 3rd and Lindsley, which sold out all three nights in an hour.
El Dorado was recorded at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, the album was created with legends who have worked with Elvis and Bobby Womack. Already a 24-year-old guitar virtuoso El Dorado further established Marcus as an innovative songwriter and one of the most soulful voices of his generation. King was personally picked by Eric Clapton to perform at his Crossroads festival and has made TV appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. He has played the Grand Ole Opry and sold out hundreds of shows across the US., including The Beacon Theater in NY and has been rigorously touring with The Marcus King Band for the past seven years.
The album is his most critically acclaimed yet, with support from Rolling Stone Magazine, NPR Music, The New York Times, No Depression, Associated Press, Flood and American Songwriter. Paste Magazine stated, “King’s exceptional voice is the main attraction.” Vulture described King as bending “genres to his vocals, which possess a soulful grit, not unlike freshly greased tires on a dirt road” and Entertainment Weekly described King as radiating “swagger and soul.”