Marshall Tucker Band’s Doug Gray Talks 45th Live In Concert Tour {Part 1} #MTB45

Marshall Tucker Band's Doug Gray Talks 45th Live In Concert Tour {Part 1} #MTB45

So, I just off the phone with Doug Gray of the Marshall Tucker Band. It’s a little after 10am here and you might not think that a lead singer of a popular touring music group would be up at that time of the morning. But you would be wrong. Read our interview with Doug Gray {this is Part 1, come back tomorrow for Part 2} and learn all about the current tour, where you can see them locally and lots of other cool Marshall Tucker Band stuff.

Marshall Tucker Band’s Doug Gray Talks 45th Live In Concert Tour {Part 1}

Doug Gray: Hey Dawn! This is Doug Gray with the Marshall Tucker Band. How are you doing?

Rock: I am great! How are you doing?

Doug Gray: I don’t know yet. Was I supposed to call at this time of the morning?

Rock: You were. That’s the time they said that you wanted to call at. I thought that might be early for you.

Doug Gray: No! Are you kidding? I have been up since, let’s see, 6:30.

Rock: See, that’s me, too. I like to get up early.

Doug Gray: Well, you miss a lot of the real day. I like to get most of my work done by 10 or 11 o’clock. And then I start doing other people’s work, the assignments and things I have to do, approvals. You know, we’ve changed companies and management companies, as well. So, people just don’t have any idea what an improvement it is for the Marshall Tucker Band, but not only that, it’s very very exciting to be in one place for 30 years and then all of a sudden… plus we do a lot of stuff. We play the CMA and the Grand Ole Opry and stuff like that. But these people want to take us a little bit further again so in 45 years of being in this one band and here they are wanting to take us further because we blew away a bunch of people at the Stage Coach Festival in California. We had 20,000-30,000 people out there watching the band and they just happened to be there. So, it’s good.

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Rock: That’s awesome. So when did you switch companies that you are working with then?

Doug Gray: Two months ago, I went to APA which is American Performing Arts which is the 2nd largest in the world, as you know. And then we went to Red Light Management which handles Dave Matthews and hundreds of other people which are young and new now. So, I mean we were there with some of the “cooler” people. Which I mean, I am 69 years old, but I don’t act like it. I’m out and running and doing this and doing that…I just can not sit still and I love working. You can tell I love talking {laugh}. You don’t even have to do an interview, we are just going to talk, ok?

Rock: That works for me {laughs}.

Doug Gray: I like doing things and, honestly, right now I am in Myrtle Beach, SC because that’s where I live..

Rock: That’s a great place to live!

Doug Gray: Oh yeah! I live on the south end, too, so I am not up there with all the businesses and all that other stuff. And I still have a home in Spartanburg, SC. And I have grandkids there and 2 wonderful daughters that are out of college already.

Rock: So, do you get to visit them a lot?

Doug Gray: Oh yeah, I mean, I am gone about 170 days of the year so we don’t really have an existing office for the Marshall Tucker Band because you can do most things on your telephone and computer right now. And these bigger companies are so much more efficient than any other companies that we have ever been with. Even though I was with the other one for a long time and I was satisfied and everything was good but to go out like we did last year and open for the Zac Brown Band and open for Kid Rock and to open for these big acts, everybody’s finding it really strange. I can’t believe it and others want to know how we keep doing it. We keep doing it because people keep liking it.

Rock: Well, ya’ll have a sound that has remained popular for all of these years and has really resonated with people. Some types of music come and go but the Marshall Tucker Band has a great sound that just lasts.

Doug Gray: Explain to me how we get into all of these movies. We didn’t plan for this. Johnny Depp puts us in “Blow” and I did cocaine all my life. Well, not all my life. I quit on August 16, 1999. I changed my whole life and got married. Why in the world have we gotten to open for all of these acts this year? I think it’s because these songs touch people. We perform them in such a way, with energy and love and caring and still have a relationship with all these people. Being from the south, we are a bunch of rednecks that grew up. You know?

Rock: (laughs)

Doug Gray: Really. And we have had the ability to just go ahead and keep moving forward. This is the strangest thing in the world to me. I mean, I do probably 8-10 interviews a day but people are more interested in what we are doing today than what we did a long time ago. But there’s always somebody on the radio who says, “Hey man, tell me a story about you and Gregg {Allman}.” No! I can’t tell those kinds of stories! {laughs} But, I am happy where I am. I couldn’t ask for anything more – knowing that these people wanted to sign us. At 69 years old, when someone wants to sign you for another 5 years, knowing that you will do a good job, what else can you ask for in this business?

Rock: That’s right. Longevity – a lot of groups don’t have that.

Marshall Tucker Band's Doug Gray Talks 45th Live In Concert Tour {Part 1} #MTB45

Photo by Suzi Roks Photography via MarshallTucker.com

Doug Gray: Even better groups than us. Know what I mean? Even more talented groups than us. That’s hard to say, I guess, because I am proud of everybody that we got but the fact is that there are some people out there who have so much talent it’s kind of scary {laughs}. I watch “The Voice” and I get cold chills when I watch some of these people sing.

Rock: There are definitely some really talented people on that show.

Doug Gray: Gosh, that little 15 year old girl that, I don’t know where she comes from but, you know, that’s an outer space kind of thing. She has lived before so she reincarnated Whitney Houston or somebody like that. You just don’t know. Where do these people get that emotion from if they are only 15 years old?

Rock: Right. Like the soul? Like they can feel the song?

Doug Gray: Mmmhmm. And I tell people that all the time. “Where do they get this from? How do they know it?” Hell, I have been doing this since I was 7 years old and I still can’t do it that good {laughs}.

Rock: {laughs} So, we have your tour dates on our site for the first leg. Do you know when more dates might be announced?

Doug Gray: Go to BandInTown.com and there will probably be another 45 shows added in the next month or month and a half.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to check out Part 2 of our interview With Doug Gray!

Marshall Tucker Band's Doug Gray Talks 45th Live In Concert Tour {Part 1} #MTB45

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her daughter, Amber, and her furbabies.

Comments

  1. robin Rue says:

    Sounds like it’s going to be a great show. This was an awesome interview.

  2. that is so cool that you got this exclusive interview. Yeah I would’ve thought a musician would certainly want to sleep in after staying up late doing a set. I know I’m not a musician and I’m certainly not an early bird

  3. That must have been such a fun interview. I think it’s so great when a band lasts for so long. Sounds like a great show is in the works!
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  4. Kindness in Demand says:

    That is cool that you got to do an interview. Sounds like a fun group and I’m it’ll be a great show.

  5. You must have been so super stoked to do this interview! And what an amazing show its going to be!
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  6. Awesome interview.. thanks for sharing. Would love to take a look at the show sometime!

  7. Wow this is so cool. It must have been super cool to get to interview them. I hope to get at 69 like Doug Gray and have the energy of a teenager.
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  8. Awesome interview!! When I see bands together this long I always think how awesome it must be to make a living doing the one thing you love the most!
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  9. Terri Steffes
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    Great interview. My husband and I were just talking about them tonight. Heard they were going on a cruise in January 2018.

  10. Wow! That’s pretty amazing! 45 years together as one solid band, now that’s something that you don’t see much in the music industry. It’s really amazing that they’re still out and about with this current tour.
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  11. I have always loved Marshall Tucker and I can’t believe they have been together 45 years. Where has the time gone. I’m not that old but I could always listen to them and hope they will be up east with their new show.
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  12. I never heard of this band (but then again I’m from the UK) but I will look into their music. xx
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  13. This sure looks like it’s going to be one hell of a show. I will certainly pass this along to some people I know who would love to see this concert.

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  14. Thanks for sharing the blow-by-blow of the Marshall Tucker Band’s Doug Gray Talks 45th Live In Concert Tour conversation! I have never heard of them but glad to know them now!
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  15. I’ve actually never heard of this group before but Im not really into music that much. It does seem like a really great interview. I almost feel like I know him now.

  16. As I’m from the UK I haven’t really heard of them but it was great to get a bit of insight and awesome that they are doing a live concert tour!
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  17. Wow kudos to this interview about Marshall Tucker Band’s Doug Gray Talks 45th Live In Concert Tour. It sounds like the show will be pretty entertaining!
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  18. Fun interview to read! I would love to attend the show. They need to stream it!

  19. wow you actually got an interview with them. it was fun reading it. hope you enjoyed interviewing them

  20. Dang thats awesome that they’ve done 45 live tours! What a cool life!

  21. This looks like such a fun concert!
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  22. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    How cool you got to interview them!!! I would love to see them live at a concert!!

  23. Such a fantastic interview! This show sounds great

  24. This is so cool that you were ab;e to interview him! It sounds like it’s going to be a good concert!

  25. I’m a huge music lover with eclectic taste, but I don’t believe I have ever heard of this brand. What a fun interview!
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  26. OMg lucky you for getting a interview!!! I have been a Marshal Tucker Band fan for years! Such a great group!

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