Marcus King announces ‘Mood Swings’ album, global headlining tour

The tour kicks off following the release on April 5th

Marcus King will release his new Rick Rubin-produced album, Mood Swings, on April 5th via American/Republic Records. In support of this new album, King also announced his 2024 headlining tour across North America and Europe produced by Live Nation and FPC Live, in addition to dates supporting Chris Stapleton on his 2024 All-American Road Show.

Mood Swings is King’s magnum opus, an eclectic symphony of soul that is uniquely timeless and current. Drawing on King’s darkest moments, it became a beacon of hope for King as he created it, and will be a refuge for anyone going through similar challenges in their lives.

Accompanying the album announcement, King released the title track, “Mood Swings,” the perfect introduction to an album that will redefine any perceived notions around Marcus King. The song smolders with a slow burn electro drum stomp and jazzy guitar, leaving space for King’s soulful vocal to shine. Sharing his innermost fears whilst standing in the strength of being fully vulnerable and honest.

“In the early summer of 2020 I arrived at Shangri-La for my first meeting with my hero, the legend, Mr. Rick Rubin,” King shares. “As soon as Rick & I met it was like a spark in the room! I immediately felt welcomed, appreciated and mutually admired. Rick and I had a wonderful first introduction and he left me in the capable hands of his Ace engineer Jason Lader, an incredible engineer who would become a dear dear friend. Jason and I toured the space and just for fun decided to track something, what we tracked was the title track “Mood Swings.” I laid down guitar and vocals, we added Rhythm Ace R77 drum machine with tape delay to achieve the swing we desired, added bass & piano and after half an hour the track was finished. The track and album title “Mood Swings” is a play on the swinging nature of the material while also referencing my up and downshifts in mood while I was either abusing the wrong substances, in between mood stabilizing meds and anti-psychotics, self-medication on top of that, along with a foot locker FULL of repressed childhood trauma all being taken out on my relationship at the time.”

Legendary producer Rick Rubin who has worked with everyone from Adele to Johnny Cash, was instantly drawn to King’s guitar playing, singular voice and songwriting, and after witnessing a King live performance, one day randomly cold-called him to float the idea of working together.

“I love the way listening to this album makes me feel. I can’t think of another project quite like this one. Marcus’s playing and singing are from another planet,” adds Rubin.

The pair secretly holed up for sessions in Italy and Malibu during the promotion of King’s critically acclaimed album, Young Blood. The result is King’s most sonically astute and personal album to date and a landmark moment for Marcus who for the first time lets his voice take center stage. “There was no hiding behind the guitar at all,” he grins. His smoldering country soul vocal, part Al Green, Bobby Womack, Marvin Gaye, Adele and Chris Stapleton, is set to establish him as one of the greatest vocalists of our time, no longer in the shadow of his own guitar greatness.

Mood Swings takes us in a very different sonic direction to his considerable catalog of studio albums. Combining elements as diverse as modern pop, R&B, aughts hip hop, piano-driven classic rock and the warm production and symphonic instrumentation of classic era soul, R&B and jazz. Previously released the song “F*ck My Life Up Again” is a considerable departure stadium-sized rock, with strings that accent over a smoky jazz beat, while his soulful delivery booms, “Come f*ck my life up again, don’t deserve to live without pain.” A guitar solo “played backward” channels stark confusion offset by the unshakable hook. On “Hero,” his croon rises over acoustic guitar towards a fluttering crescendo. The same naked emotion defines “Delilah” where over piano-led pop rock and innovative tracks such as “Inglewood Motel (Halestorm)” are an alt R&B masterpiece. The album closes with “Cadillac,” steeped in psychedelic symphonic soul it is an arresting tale of dark desires and suicidal ideation.

King kicks off the global tour in May in Seattle with dates throughout the year. The trek wraps on November 12th in Dublin, Ireland.

Tickets for the North American dates of the Mood Swings World Tour will be available starting with presales beginning Monday, February 12th ahead of the general sale on Friday, February 16th at 10 am local time via Ticketmaster.

Ahead of the tour, King will perform at the Love Rocks NYC star-studded gala at the Beacon Theater in New York City. The event features The Black Keys, Nile Rodgers, Hozier and others raising money for charity.

1. Mood Swings
2. F*ck My Life Up Again
3. Soul It Screams
4. Save Me
5. Hero
6. Delilah
7. Inglewood Motel (Halestorm)
8. This Far Gone
9. Bipolar Love
10. Me Or Tennessee
11. Cadillac

Marcus King 2024 Tour Dates:

Mar 7 – NYC @ Love Rocks NYC
Mar 9 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
Apr 6 – Minneapolis @ U.S. Bank Stadium with Chris Stapleton
Apr 13 – Augusta, GA @ 10 Annual Major Rager
Apr 19 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Moon Crush “Pink Moon” Festival
May 6 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theater
May 7 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 8 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
May 11 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Ballroom
May 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
May 17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
May 18 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
May 22 – Rapid City, SD @ The Monument with Chris Stapleton
May 24 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center with Chris Stapleton
May 25 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Stir Cove
May 26 – Green Bay, WI @ Epic Event Center
May 29 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
May 30 – Grand Rapids, MI @ GLC Live at 20 Monroe
May 31 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center with Chris Stapleton
June 1 – Lexington, KY @ Railbird Festival
June 2 – Chicago, IL @ Salt Shed
June 4 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
June 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion with Chris Stapleton
June 7 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live with Chris Stapleton
June 8 – Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
June 10 – Morgantown, WV @ Ruby Amphitheater
June 12 – Kansas City, MO @ T-Mobile Center with Chris Stapleton
June 13 – Ridgefield, MO @ Thunder Ridge Nature Arena with Chris Stapleton
June 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
June 15 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Field with Chris Stapleton
July 11 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater with Chris Stapleton
July 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Pavilion at Star Lake with Chris Stapleton
July 13 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
July 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
July 18 – Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center with Chris Stapleton
July 19 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center with Chris Stapleton
July 20 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
Sept 4 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
Sept 6 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Event Center
Sept 7- Edmonton, AB @ Midway Music Hall
Sept 9 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Sept 13 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Sept 14 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
Sept 17 – Columbus, OH @ Kemba Live!
Sept 19 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
Sept 20 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
Sept 21 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Sept 24 – Birmingham, AL @ Avondale Brewing
Sept 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Sept 28 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Sept 29 – Des Moines, IA @ Vibrant Music Hall
Oct 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
Oct 9 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Oct 11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
Oct 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Oct 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Paramount
Oct 17 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
Oct 18 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Apolo
Oct 20 – Milan, Italy @ Fabrique Milano
Oct 21 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex 457
Oct 23 – Lyon, France @ Le Transbordeur
Oct 25 – Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik
Oct 27 – Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
Oct 28 – Antwerp, Belgium @ De Roma
Oct 29 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ FAS Live
Oct 31 – Berlin, Germany @ Metropol
Nov 1 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Grey Hall
Nov 3 – Paris, France @ Bataclan
Nov 5 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
Nov 6 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
Nov 7 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom
Nov 9 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
Nov 10 – Cardiff, UK @ The Great Hall
Nov 12 – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia

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