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The Marshal Tucker Band: R&B with a Southern Drawl

The Marshal Tucker Band: R&B with a Southern Drawl
The blues originated in the Mississippi Delta and spread to Chicago, but it eventually popped up in South Carolina, evidenced by The Marshal Tucker Band.
Most people associate them with southern rock, but its founding members could more than hold their own in the rhythm and blues category.
If you listen closely, you can detect it in their signature songs, "Heard It In A Love Song" and "Can't You See." 
But, it's the gems hidden within their expansive catalog that tells the full story, which can be heard on their two-disc The Marshal Tucker Band: R&B with a Southern Drawlretrospective entitled, "Anthology." 
Sure, the standards are there, such as "Fire On The Mountain," "24 Hours At A Time," "Searching For A Rainbow," and "Ramblin'."  But, they're just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It's what lurks just below the surface that packs the punch.
 Oh, yeah, the original band was much more than a collection of electric cowboys, singing the obligatory songs about chasin' women, drinkin' beer, stakin' claims, and long hard rides.
They were top-notch blues men, both lyrically and musically. Their guitar prowess can't be exaggerated. Their music, driven by some steady percussion and accented by an assortment of reeds, made for some outstanding instrumentals. However, insert some deep, soulful vocals -- sung with a southeastern drawl -- and what you'll hear is spellbinding.
Like Lynrd Skynyrd, Marshal Tucker was never in the band. They took their name from a sign advertising a piano tuner in The Marshal Tucker Band: R&B with a Southern DrawlSpartanburg, South Carolina, which is their hometown. Skynyrd took their name from Leonard Skinner, who coached basketball at their school.
Guitarist Toy Caldwell was born to sing and play the blues.
Doug Gray was born to belt out the blues.
Combine the two and you've got the sweet sound of rhythm and blues.
Add Toy's brother and bassist, Tommy, co-guitarist George McCorkle, drummer, Paul Riddle, and reed player, Jerry Eubanks, and you've got a rhythm and blues band to reckon with. Don't let the cowboy hats fool you.
Speaking of cowboy hats, that's about all I was able to see when they opened for R.E.O Speedwagon while I was in college. Unfortunately, I was sitting in the last section of floor seats in the field house. I pledged to never sit in that God-forsaken section again, and I haven't -- at any venue.
I'm just too damn short, especially when peopl