Photography and Show Review by Geoff Clowes of Sage + Spirit Photo
After forty-five years and numerous lineup changes the Marshall Tucker Band is still doing what they love to do, hitting the road and making crowds forget the present and live, if only for ninety minutes, the ‘seventies. Such was the case when the band’s Southern Rockin’ Roundup rolled into the Charles Dodge Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
On this night a near capacity crowd that was old enough to have seen the band on their first visit to this very spot in 1974 at the now defunct Hollywood Sportatorium got to revel in the rocking memories of better days. Today Doug Gray, the lone member of the original band, has less hair and more miles but his brand of Southern blues rock hasn’t diminished a bit. Sure, the breaks between songs are longer and the gyrations are fewer, but this crowd came to hear their favorite songs played live again. The current lineup includes Doug Gray handling the vocal and tambourine duties backed by a lively rhythm section including BB Borden on drums and Marcus James Henderson handling the triple duty of keys, sax, and flute.
First up was 1979’s jazzed up Running Like the Wind, from the record of the same name, which is normally nine minutes but cut down to a shorter four minutes. Regardless of length this remains a fan favorite and one that is a constant member of the setlist. Next up was an interesting choice, Dog Eat Dog World, a song written by MTB guitarist Chris Hicks and released on his solo record, a record that even hardcore fans might not have on the tip of their tongue. The number is driven by heavy guitar riffs that wouldn’t be out of place at a more traditional rock show. The setlist then kicked back into more traditional numbers from the mid-seventies before going into the classic Heard It In A Love Song, a song that had the entire crowd singing along to every word as if their very lives depended on it. Following a couple deeper tracks from the early days Doug and the boys finished up with another classic, Can’t You See – another favorite that was on the lips of everyone as they filtered out into the warm night, having had their fill of good old Southern blues rock from a long lost musical era.