Marshall Tucker Band’s Doug Grey displays on fiftieth anniversary: Folks ‘didn’t know where to put us’

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Marshall Tucker Band has been taking part in on the highest degree of the music scene since forming in 1972 and 50 years after coming collectively, Doug Grey – a founding member of the unique Southern rock band – is “feeling good” because the group continues performing bought out reveals.

“I’ve been working my butt off for this 50th year, going to United Talent Artists (UTA) and I thought [it] was going to be difficult being an older band,” Grey, 74, advised Day by day Put up Digital. “Usually, you’re kind of weeded out, and you play a few dates here and there and stuff like that. When we last spoke, we talked about the ability of Marshall Tucker Band to write songs and the crowds liking the songs and the memories that we created those first eight years that keep people of all ages keep coming back because they bring their kids, and they bring their grandkids.”

“It’s amazing because all those songs were kind of meant for people,” Grey added of the band’s infusion of blues, nation and jazz music. “They were thought through. And Toy (Caldwell) and Tommy (Caldwell) and myself, we’d write songs that meant something to people. We’ve got songs on two Netflix movies right now, and then we’ve got about three coming up on Amazon and on their stuff because they still like our songs.”

Unique Marshall Tucker Band members included Grey, brothers Toy and Tommy Caldwell, George McCorkle, Paul T. Riddle and Jerry Eubanks. Tommy died in 1980 following a automobile accident within the band’s hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Toy in 1993 from respiratory failure. McCorkle died in 2007 and Riddle and Eubanks each left the band within the ’80s and ’90s, respectively. 

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Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band at Columbia Municipal Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina, March 18, 1975.

Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band at Columbia Municipal Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina, March 18, 1975.
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With Grey because the final surviving member who’s a part of the unique group, the band is at the moment embarking on their anniversary tour, which in response to Grey, has the group reserving dates into 2023. 

For Grey, he mentioned he’ll play for so long as life permits him to, particularly after overcoming a bout with coronavirus. His lease on life is shrouded in appreciation for what he’s nonetheless capable of do day-after-day.

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Grey defined a time when many weren’t positive what style to put the band in. Whereas it may be onerous for a band to search out their sound and their lane when it has the power to play numerous varieties of music, Grey mentioned he’s nonetheless amazed to obtain a lot reward from huge wigs within the nation music house again within the days however much more so now contemplating the speed at which the business has modified within the final 50 years.

“I’m a puppet and a lot of people think that’s an insult, but it’s not. I’m a puppet to what the audience wants to hear.”

— Doug Grey, Marshall Tucker Band

“I’m running into people that I’ve known for years, some of them are country artists – people look at us sometimes like we’re country, and they didn’t know where to put us in the beginning because we could go and play with Spyro Gyra and Thelonius Monk, and then we’d be with Dionne Warwick, and then I’d go, ‘This is kind of cool because this is how I grew up singing was just like she was singing – from the heart,’” Grey defined.

Chris Hicks and Doug Gray of the Marshall Tucker Band perform live at Sony Hall on Aug. 23, 2019, in New York City. Gray, right, told Daily Post Digital that he loves the fact the band could play different styles of music and reach millions with its eclectic sound. 

Chris Hicks and Doug Grey of the Marshall Tucker Band carry out stay at Sony Corridor on Aug. 23, 2019, in New York Metropolis. Grey, proper, advised Day by day Put up Digital that he loves the actual fact the band may play totally different types of music and attain tens of millions with its eclectic sound. 
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“Watching these younger guys look at me, I’d go out to dinner with four or five of the major buyers around the country and I wonder what do they really see in us? What is it they want?” Grey continued of his bewilderment on the reality Marshall Tucker Band remains to be as coveted a ticket because it was when the group was touring alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd and B.B. King.

“They sit down, and they ask me my opinion of how to do other stuff because of my experience,” Grey added. “I knew when eight tracks were going out of style – I know when the change is coming. And thank God the changes did come because the music not only got more transparent, it got real. More people could put stuff out and things could happen like they have been for us now.”

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For the final 17 years, Marshall Tucker Band has by no means carried out the identical set twice and Grey hangs his hat on the truth that he and the gamers in his group have an intensive catalog of 333 songs to select from. 

“We’ve sung a ton of records and when we get up on stage and all the lights go out, I have to admit that I am completely blinded by the audience because that audience is what’s telling me what to do,” mentioned Grey. “I’m a puppet and a lot of people think that’s an insult, but it’s not. I’m a puppet to what the audience wants to hear.”

Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band performs on June 5, 1976, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Doug Grey of The Marshall Tucker Band performs on June 5, 1976, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Grey quipped a few time when one venue employee approached him to inform him that she was working the present solely to clarify that her grandfather had launched her to Marshall Tucker Band when she was in kindergarten. “We’re starting to get a lot of requests right now about being on the road,” he raved.

“It’s a whole other world, is what it is. And that gave me the inspiration to want to learn a new song ‘Without You’ and/or ‘I’ll Be Loving You,’ which is a song that Toy wrote, which I thought was great,” Grey mentioned, including that in his estimation Toy is among the most prolific writers he’s ever labored with and Grey was usually impressed by him to provide you with new data of his personal for the band. 

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“There’s a song that I wrote on the back of a Burger King fast food bag and I didn’t write it down, my girlfriend at the time did, and she became my wife,” Grey defined of “I Should Have Never Started Lovin’ You,” making a degree to qualify that they didn’t have a lot cash on the time.

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He went on to notice that the 1977 file was written whereas the pair sat in an “old and beat-up” pickup truck Grey bought from a gentleman who drove it on a peach orchard. 

Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band performs during the Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute To Charlie Daniels at Bridgestone Arena on Aug. 18, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Doug Grey of The Marshall Tucker Band performs in the course of the Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute To Charlie Daniels at Bridgestone Enviornment on Aug. 18, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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“I told her something just came to my head, and it’s not about you, but I want you to write this down,” Grey defined. “So we couldn’t find anything to write on because we were in that pickup truck. And so she found a pencil or a pen, and I said, ‘There’s something in your eyes that reminds me of all the loves I’ve left behind me. The looks on your face as they tell me that I should have never started loving you.’ And she wrote that down and she said, ‘You’re talking about me, aren’t you?!’ I said, ‘No! Is it true when they say that I was mean and cruel? All the loves I’ve had I’ve made them out as fools now the tide has turned, and I’m lonely too. I should have never started loving you.'”

Grey went on to clarify the ethical behind his story is the truth that “I don’t know if my work is going to end tomorrow,” and mirrored on the actual fact the track he considered whereas sitting in a pickup truck “is now getting played in Belgium right now on wilderness family movies.”

“I know it’s freaky itself because that was like 1975-76,” Grey mentioned in amazement. “But, you know, the real thing here about me feeling the way I do and you appreciating the fact that I feel that way and happy for me makes me happy for you because I’m able to talk to you and tell you about it,” Grey mentioned in reflection. “It means we can expand a little bit not just about the music, not about the band – I’m making a real difference.”

Marshall Tucker Band’s subsequent cease of their fiftieth Anniversary Tour is slated for June 4 in Laughlin, Nevada – and followers should purchase tickets into 2023 with Feb. 13 seeing the group taking part in the Rock Legends Cruise X aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.

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