Marcus King drops ‘Hero’ a new song steeped in timeless country soul, from forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced studio album, Mood Swings, released April 5

Article Contributed by Big Feat PR | Published on Friday, March 8, 2024

All hail the king of country soul - today, GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Marcus King released “Hero,” the third single from his forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced album Mood Swings, released on April 5 via American/Republic Records. King also announced he will return to the Tonight Show on Monday March 11 2024 for a highly anticipated performance.

Pre-order Mood Swings HERE.

On “Hero,” co-written with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), King’s arresting vocal shares the tale of relationship struggles, crediting exes, divine intervention and Auerbach for inspiration for the timeless track.

“This is one of those songs that seemed to write itself in a way” stated King, “I was at Easy Eye in Nashville just dropping in to say hey to the fellas. I remember being a little troubled from a recent argument with my then girlfriend and also struggling to maintain a fairly new sobriety at that time. In retrospect it feels like a divine intervention that Dan and I both end up at the kitchen table with guitars and this beautiful chord structure comes out of Dan’s palms. This is one of my favorite cuts on the album, because it has very little to no metaphor, hyperbolic lyrics or any other “writing” techniques- it’s simply a story. What I now recognize as one of the 4 attachment styles, a story of a girl unwilling to rely on anyone for her happiness and hell bent on doing things herself or on her own as to keep from relying on anyone. “You weren’t looking for a hero””

Listen to the new single, “Hero,” HERE.

Marcus also performed at star studded event, Love Rocks NYC last night, raising funds for God's Love We Deliver at the historic Beacon Theatre alongside The Black Keys, Hozier, Nile Rodgers, Tom Morello, Allison Russell, Dave Grohl, Larkin Poe, Trombone Shorty and more. King also sets out tomorrow on his 2024 headlining tour across North America and Europe produced by Live Nation and FPC Live!, in addition to dates supporting Chris Stapleton. The first date is tomorrow night at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Find more information on tickets HERE.

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.

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.

Rick Rubin stated, “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.”

Despite its often bleak subject matter, Mood Swings is an album with a message of hope. Rubin helped King find a new personal and sonic approach and instead of crumbling under the weight of his anxiety, Rubin inspired him to shift his perspective. “He helped me view mental health as a writing partner in a way,” recalls Marcus. “I’ve learned it can give me that creative spark.” On the album, we find King gracefully standing in his own truth, accepting the challenges he’s faced and coming out the otherside a man renewed. It is a rebirth of both his sound and of his mind.

King is a GRAMMY® nominated fourth generation musician from Greenville, SC, who started playing guitar at 8 years old following in the footsteps of his guitarist Father and Grandpa. Logging thousands of miles on the road as “The Marcus King Band,” he established himself with unparalleled performance prowess and a dynamic live show. His solo debut El Dorado, garnering a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Americana Album.” In between packing venues on his own, he performed alongside Chris Stapleton, Greta Van Fleet, and Nathanial Rateliff in addition to gracing the bills of Stagecoach and more with one seismic show after the next. He has been open about his challenges with mental health in his songs and throughout his career, and has launched various mental health initiatives, most recently a guitar auction collaboration with MusiCares.


    Mood Swings
    F*ck My Life Up Again
    Soul It Screams
    Save Me
    Inglewood Motel (Halestorm)
    This Far Gone
    Bipolar Love
    Me Or Tennessee


TICKETS: Tickets for the North America dates will be available starting with Citi presale (details below) beginning Monday, February 12. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general onsale beginning Friday, February 16 at 10am local time at

PRESALE: Citi is the official card of the MARCUS KING: MOOD SWINGS THE WORLD TOUR North America dates. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, February 12 at 10am local time until Thursday, February 15 at 10PM local through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit

March 9, 2024 - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY
April 6, 2024 – U.S. Bank Stadium - Minneapolis, MN w/ Chris Stapleton
April 13, 2024 – 10 Annual Major Rager - Augusta, GA
April 19, 2024 - Moon Crush “Pink Moon” Festival - Miramar Beach, FL
May 06, 2024 - The Moore Theater - Seattle, WA
May 07, 2024 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
May 08, 2024 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
May 10, 2024 - The Masonic - San Francisco, CA
May 11, 2024 - Grand Sierra Ballroom - Reno, NV
May 14, 2024 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
May 15, 2024 - The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ
May 17, 2024 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
May 18, 2024 - Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
May 22, 2024 - The Monument - Rapid City, SD w/ Chris Stapleton
May 24, 2024 - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, SD w/ Chris Stapleton
May 25, 2024 - Harrah’s Stir Cove - Council Bluffs, IA
May 26, 2024 - EPIC Event Center - Green Bay, WI*
May 29, 2024 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO
May 30, 2024 - GLC Live at 20 Monroe - Grand Rapids, MI
May 31, 2024 - Blossom Music Center - Cleveland OH w/ Chris Stapleton
June 01, 2024 - Railbird Festival - Lexington, KY
June 02, 2024 - Salt Shed - Chicago, IL
June 04, 2024 - College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT*
June 06, 2024 - Freedom Mortgage Pavilion - Philadelphia, PA w/ Chris Stapleton
June 07, 2024 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA w/ Chris Stapleton
June 08, 2024 - Landmark Theatre - Syracuse, NY
June 10, 2024 - Ruby Amphitheater - Morgantown, WV*
June 12, 2024 - T-Mobile Center - Kansas City, MO w/ Chris Stapleton
June 13, 2024 - Thunder Ridge Nature Arena - Ridgefield, MO w/ Chris Stapleton
June 14, 2024 - The Criterion - Oklahoma City, OK
June 15, 2024 - Globe Life Field - Arlington, TX w/ Chris Stapleton
July 11, 2024 - Darien Lake Amphitheater - Darien Center, NY w/ Chris Stapleton
July 12, 2024 - The Pavilion at Star Lake - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Chris Stapleton
July 13, 2024 - Palace Theatre - Albany, NY
July 16, 2024 - Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN
July 18, 2024 - Huntington Center - Toledo, OH w/ Chris Stapleton
July 19, 2024 - Schottenstein Center - Columbus, OH w/ Chris Stapleton
July 20, 2024 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI
September 04, 2024 - Orpheum - Vancouver, BC
September 06, 2024 - Grey Eagle Event Center - Calgary, AB
September 07, 2024 - Midway Music Hall - Edmonton, AB
September 09, 2024 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
September 13, 2024 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON
September 14, 2024 - London Music Hall - London, ON
September 17, 2024 - Kemba Live! - Columbus, OH
September 19, 2024 - Warner Theatre - Washington, D.C.
September 20, 2024 - Warner Theatre - Washington, D.C.
September 21, 2024 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC
September 24, 2024 - Avondale Brewing - Birmingham, AL
September 26, 2024 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
September 28, 2024 - The Sylvee, Madison, WI
September 29, 2024 - Vibrant Music Hall - Des Moines, IA
October 07, 2024 - Roxian Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
October 09, 2024 - State Theatre - Portland, ME
October 11, 2024 - House of Blues Boston - Boston, MA
October 12, 2024 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA
October 13, 2024 - Brooklyn Paramount – Brooklyn, NYOctober 17, 2024 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
October 18, 2024 - Sala Apolo - Barcelona, Spain
October 20, 2024 - Fabrique Milano - Milan, Italy
October 21, 2024 - Komplex 457 - Zurich, Switzerland
October 23, 2024 – Le Transbordeur – Lyon, France
October 25, 2024 - Essigfabrik - Cologne, Germany
October 27, 2024 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
October 28, 2024 - De Roma - Antwerp, Belgium
October 29, 2024 - AFAS Live - Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 31, 2024 - Metropol - Berlin, Germany
November 01, 2024 – The Grey Hall - Copenhagen, Denmark
November 03, 2024 - Bataclan - Paris, France
November 05, 2024 - Eventim Apollo - London, UK
November 06, 2024 - Albert Hall - Manchester, UK
November 07, 2024 - Barrowland Ballroom - Glasgow, UK
November 09, 2024 - O2 Institute - Birmingham, UK
November 10, 2024 - The Great Hall - Cardiff, UK
November 12, 2024 - Olympia - Dublin, Ireland

*No Citi Presale