Marshall Tucker Band returning to SC for stop in Charleston on 50th anniversary tour – Charleston Post Courier

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Updated: November 17, 2022 @ 10:26 pm
The Marshall Tucker Band is celebrating five decades with a 50th anniversary tour. Only one original member of the band, Doug Gray (left front), is still in the lineup. Marshall Tucker Band/Provided
The current lineup of The Marshall Tucker Band includes one original member, Doug Gray (third from left). The band will play in Charleston on Nov. 17. Mariah Gray/MG Photography/Provided
The Marshall Tucker Band was founded in Spartanburg in 1972. Marshall Tucker Band/Provided

The Marshall Tucker Band is celebrating five decades with a 50th anniversary tour. Only one original member of the band, Doug Gray (left front), is still in the lineup. Marshall Tucker Band/Provided
Only one original member of the Marshall Tucker Band is still in the lineup, but 50 years since the group’s inception in Spartanburg and he’s still singing at 74 years old. 
Doug Gray, the son of a cotton mill worker, is the lead vocalist of the band that helped found the Southern rock genre alongside acts like The Allman Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Lynyrd Skynyrd. 
The Marshall Tucker Band opened many a time for The Allman Brothers, performing music that blended blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country rock into hits like “Can’t You See” and “Heard it in a Love Song.” 
“When we first started in 1972, Rolling Stone (magazine) didn’t know what to call our music, and that was the beauty of it all,” Gray said with a laugh. 
Gray recalls almost four years spent touring with The Allman Brothers and one particular tour traveling cross-country in a Dodge van to open for Joe Walsh from The Eagles. 
“There were these big kinda crowds, and we’d pull up in the Dodge van or fly in in a helicopter off the top of the hotel when we couldn’t get in any cars anymore,” Gray said. “It was kind of like the movie ‘Woodstock,’ but it wasn’t a trash-throwing thing. It was peace, love and no war, you know? It was really like that.” 
The band played with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana and The Grateful Dead during their heydays.
The Marshall Tucker Band was founded in Spartanburg in 1972. Marshall Tucker Band/Provided
This was all after Gray served two years in the Vietnam War; four of the original band members were in the armed forces, and one, Toy Caldwell, received a Purple Heart after being wounded. At the time, that wasn’t exactly the popular thing to do in the music world. But Gray said a lot actually translated from the Army to touring band culture. 
“It was all, ‘Hey man, can I do something for you, man?’ ‘OK, all right brother,’ ” said Gray. 
Now, five decades into his career, he said it still feels that way between him and his current bandmates, who have replaced founding members like Tommy Caldwell, who died in a car accident in 1980, and flautist Jerry Eubanks, who hung on with the project until 1996 and then started a soap company in Spartanburg. 
Gray says there’s a lot of gray hair in the audience, but a lot of young people, too; the fans who grew up with the Marshall Tucker Band in the ’70s are now bringing their grandkids to shows. 
And after all these years, he still loves to perform. And he still gets a rush when the band’s songs get covered on TV shows like “The Voice” and “American Idol.” At his two homes he splits time between in Spartanburg and Surfside, gold and platinum records decorate his walls. 
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m sitting here taking in the sun and having a beer every so often, but my love for the music is far superior than my love for the alcohol. It’s wonderful to still be able to do this.” 
The current lineup of The Marshall Tucker Band includes one original member, Doug Gray (third from left). The band will play in Charleston on Nov. 17. Mariah Gray/MG Photography/Provided
Now, Gray’s traded in his days playing with The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead for days playing with Zack Brown and Sturgill Simpson. It’s all the same, just a little bit different. 
“There’s bands that have come and gone, and that’s always gonna be the way it is,” said Gray. “The wonderful part about music is if you make people believe in you, then they’re gonna come back to see you. And some of these people have been coming back for 50 years.” 
In Charleston, The Marshall Tucker Band will perform on their special 50th anniversary tour with country singer-songwriter Shannon Lawson.
WHAT: The Marshall Tucker Band w/ special guest Shannon Lawson 
WHEN: 8 p.m. Nov. 17
WHERE: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street
PRICE: $45-$95
MORE INFO: charlestonmusichall.com/event/the-marshall-tucker-band-2



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Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts & entertainment and food & bev for The Post and Courier. She’s a music festival & concert photographer and used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper, among other publications.
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