Taking the pain away: Marcus King's refuge in music

By Brian D’Ambrosio for the Missoulian

Marcus King’s affiliation with his music is very strong.

As a youth, he studied and played with his father, grandfather and his uncles, just a few generations of South Carolinians having a time. Those lessons were never a bore.

“We played church revivals, family get-togethers, and everything in between, farmers markets or whatever,” King said.

Such experiences allowed him to find his own lasting power. Perhaps most importantly, King took heart from the comfortable optimism of music. That optimism was encoded in many ways, most prominently that it would help him find his way out of his difficulties.

“My grandfather and my dad and my uncles always saw music as a way of life,” King said. “So that’s when I was first introduced to the idea that music could be a living and that it could be your everything, and it could take the pain away. It’s a beautiful instrument. And I dug it from the start. People outside the family who I looked up, Duane Allman, and James Brown, people with a lot of energy and attitude, and really, really magnanimous people. … All my musical heroes were always really just booming presences I guess, and

View Source