Marcus King has shared an acoustic video performance of his song ‘Wildflowers & Wine’ via Billboard. The song features on his hit debut solo album, El Dorado, which has topped multiple US charts since its release in January.
Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the record was released via Snakefarm Records/ Fantasy in the UK to widespread critical acclaim.
The ‘Wildflowers & Wine’ video was recorded in Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, and features a performance of the song showcasing King’s soulful vocals, backed by Auerbach plus studio legends who played with artists from Aretha Franklin to Elvis.
Discussing the video with Billboard, King stated, “It’s not the exact set-up we used, but all the instrumentation on that track was played live together as a cohesive unit and not overdubbed. That’s what gives it that taste, that live feel”. He added, “It was a lot of organic steps that all came together in a kismet way for the record to work. Having those cats work with you was a tremendous opportunity in itself… It’s still playing and singing, but in a different kind of environment, and to have these cats to look up to.”
El Dorado, a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, has established the 23-year-old phenom as one of the most soulful voices of his generation. King’s arresting vocals feature as the lead instrument, taking centre-stage alongside a genre-bending blend of subtle acoustics, bright pedal steel, raucous electric guitars and blistering solos.