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The Marshall Tucker Band: Six Degrees of Swampland


Blending their Carolina country roots with r&b and jazz stylings, The Marshall Tucker Band were total originals. Nobody else played guitar quite like the late Toy Caldwell, who burned up the fretboard playing with his thumb instead of a pick. Doug Gray has kept the MTB name alive since the breakup of the original group in 1984.

"We were playing Spartanburg, at the Ruins.  We didn’t really pay attention to who was opening until we got there. But we sat out front and listened to them. They just knocked us out from the beginning. It was a sound that was totally unique to my ears, and to the other guys in the band as well. -Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, GRITZ Interview

"I saw Marshall Tucker in Memphis at the Midsouth Coliseum back in - it must have been ‘73 or ‘74. They were the headliners and the other two acts were The Outlaws and The Charlie Daniels Band. Of course you know the show was about five hours long. (Laughs) ‘Cause you know Marshall Tucker would start playing something like “24 Hours at a Time.” But man I loved that band. I just remember watching Toy play with his thumb like that, playing all of that crazy shit. I thought, if I could play guitar like that...but I’m not really a guitar player." 

- Billy Bob Thornton, in an interview with Swampland.com



Legends of Southern Rock: The Marshall Tucker Band

Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook

Southern Rock Lists

The True Era of Southern Rock 1969 - 1979

MTB and The 2009 Angelus Benefit  December 2009

New MTB Website is Smokin'  June 2009

Rene Gray Memorial Will Be a Private Service  June 2009

A Death in the Family: Rene Gray Has Died  June 2009

Guest Blog: Brad "The Animal" Lesley On Baseball and MTB  June 2009

MTB Racing Memories   May 2009

Chuck McCorkle Has Died  March 2009

Clay Cook Releases New Solo CD  February 2009

MTB in England 1976  January 2009

MTB Add New Guitarist  January 2009

The Angelus Rocked   December 2008

Where Are They Now? Tim Lawter   October 2008

Roaming Back Home To Spartanburg with My Buddy Tom  September 2008

Dave Muse Leaves MTB  July 2008

The 25 Best MTB Songs  June 2008

MTB The Next Generation: Justin McCorkle  June 2008

Guest Blog: Henry Paul Recalls MTB  May 2008

Racing Drag and Dirt Track with The MTB  March 2008

Chris Hicks Interview: Walking with the Dinosaurs  March 2008

More Back Home Memories of MTB  March 2008

Top 25 Albums of The Southern Rock Era  March 2008

MTB Conquers New York 1981 January 2008

St. Pate Mayor Jams with MTB  January 2008

Growing Up in Spartanburg with the MTB   December 2007

Jam 4 George Brings Out The Best   November 2007

New 1977 MTB DVD On The Way  November 2007

George To Be Honored By Memorial Concert  October 2007

Picture of the Day  September 2007

Former MTB Drummer Suffers Heart Attack  August 2007

Memories of George McCorkle  June 2007

George McCorkle Dead at 60  June 2007

George McCorkle Fighting Cancer  June 2007

Volunteer Jam Blazes Through Greenville  May 2007

MTB at Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA  April 2007

MTB To Headline Concert with Lee Roy Parnell and Randall Bramblett  March 2007

Back into the Studio with MTB  February 2007

Writing with Lee Bogan and Recording with MTB   February 2007

Toy Died Fourteen Years Ago This Month  February 2007

In The Studio with MTB  January 2007

Everything Old is New Again: Doug Gray Interview  January 2007

Happy New Year: A Look Back at 2006  December 2006

MTB at Voodoo Lounge, Riverside, CAL   November 2006

Road Trip to The Angelus  February 2006

Road Trip to The Angelus   December 2004

George McCorkle Interview   April 2001

Doug Gray Interview: MTB Y2K  July 2000

Chris Hicks Interview  November 1999

Moon Mullins Interview  September 1999

Toy Story   June 1999

Tony Heatherly Interview    March 1999

George McCorkle Interview   December 1998


CD and DVD Reviews

Love Songs

The Year I Grew Up   Clay Cook

The Next Adventure

The Volunteer Jam Movie (DVD)

Live From The Garden State (DVD)

Stompin Room Only

MTB Anthology

Where a Country Boy Belongs

Where We All Belong



"Can't You See," 1975.


"Long Hard Ride" Theatrical Short Film, 1975.


"Blue Ridge Mt. Skies," European Tour 1975.


"The Thrill is Gone" (w/ Chuck Leavell, Charlie Daniels, etc) Volunteer Jam 1975


Meet the Real Marshal Tucler



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