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Marshall Tucker Band and Outlaws play classic Southern rock at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 8

Marshall Tucker Band and Outlaws play classic Southern rock at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 8
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From a press release:

It was announced today that the platinum-selling Marshall Tucker Band, who helped establish the Southern rock genre, will visit the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. with special guests and fellow Southern rockers The Outlaws.

Tickets, which are $39.50, $49.50, and $59.50, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m.

In the early fall of 1973, The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage.

“We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries,” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of The Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed.

Today, the band records on its own Ramblin’ Records label (distributed by Sony/RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, the band represents a time and place in music that will never be duplicated.

Gray is quick to credit the band’s current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound. Current members include the highly respected drummer B.B. Borden, a former member of both Mother’s Finest and The Outlaws; multi-instrumentalist Marcus Henderson of Macon, Georgia plays flute, saxophone, and keyboards in addition to lead and background vocals; Pat Elwood on bass guitar; and Rick Willis on lead guitar and vocals, both of Spartanburg, South Carolina, are disciples of the Caldwell Brothers. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently re-joined the band after a two-year absence. Together, they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country as a powerful force in the world of music.

The Marshall Tucker Band is best known for hits such as “Can’t You See,” “Fire on the Mountain,” “Heard It in a Love Song,” and many more.

For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies, and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre.

Best known for hits like “There Goes Another Love Song” and extended guitar jam “Green Grass and High Tides,” The Outlaws continue to make new music with a new focus and an uncompromising mission – it’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony, and the road. It’s about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past.

But, most of all, it’s about pride.

“It’s About Pride” is the latest album from The Outlaws, a record four years in the making and perhaps 20 or more in the waiting. And for original Outlaws singer,songwriter, and guitarist Henry Paul, it’s a hard-fought revival whose success can be measured in old fans and new music.

“Because The Outlaws have been out of the public eye for so long, it’s almost like starting over,” he explains. “But because of the band’s history, we’re seeing this as a new chapter. We’ve written and recorded this album on our own terms, and we’re out to make a significant impression. What our fans loved then they still love now because we are just as good or even better than we were. Most of all, they recognize the heart of what it is we still do.”

For co-founding drummer/songwriter Monte Yoho, the journey is both bittersweet and jubilant.

“I still think about the friends we made when we first came into this industry, how we struggled to define this thing that became known as ‘Southern rock,’” Yoho says.