Eric Krasno & The Marcus King Band • New Mountain • February 2, 2017

“When you have other musicians show up to your gig and stay til 1:15 am, through multiple encores with an endless drum solo, a Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” cover and many Originals that are immediate classics, you can say you made it. I met Mathew Jennings, amazing keyboard player from The Marcus King Band, after the show and he said they love playing Asheville because of the energy that the crowd brings… and AVL brought it! The heads showed up and the place was packed. Eric Krasno started off the night at 9:15 with a beautiful blues rock set, featuring both Eric on vocals and a new female singer, Mary Corso, so powerful a singer, that this could be her band that Eric plays in. Songs from Eric’s new album Blood From A Stone are refreshing. My history seeing Krasno goes back about twenty years to my time in NYC at The Wetlands and The Knitting Factory, seeing early Lettuce and many years of Soulive, and it is so nice to see him mature over the years. At times Eric’s vocals sound like John Mayer. Inside of Krasno’s set was “Sugaree” by Grateful Dead, a song so overplayed by countless Dead cover bands around Asheville, but they made it the best version of all-time! Marcus King is the new southern rock guitar legend in the making, with popularity climbing rapidly. A voice so soulful and guitar so sweet, you can’t miss another gig. Both Marcus and horns sat in with Krasno’s Crew and Eric, Mary and others joined King and Company along with some other local horn players. The interplay between these bands is priceless. Check out the recent self-titled Marcus King Band album which is filled with timeless classics, many which were performed tonight. The next time they play Asheville it won’t be at New Mountain, they will have already graduated to The Peel, Pisgah or even Thomas Wolfe! Oh yeah, look Out!”

– Joshua Marc Levy, Asheville Art Family

Photos By Libby Gamble Photography