Marcus King El Dorado23-year-old Marcus King (who has already released three albums with The Marcus King Band) goes it alone for the first time on El Dorado.

He does it with the help of Grammy Award-winner Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who produced and co-wrote all the songs on this young musician’s impressive debut. Having made his mark as a blues/rock guitar player, King reveals an innate ability to vocally inhabit the songs on this album; the reflective Young Man’s Dream and Beautiful Stranger showcase his gifts as a straight-from-the-heart soul singer.

There’s still plenty of room on the album for King to fire off his trademark guitar solos, but the strength of this release is how effortlessly he fuses rock, soul, country, and R&B on his most impressive outing to date.

El Dorado by Marcus King is out January 17 via Fantasy.

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