I’ve been wanting to tell you all about Marcus Boyd for a long time. He’s a singer, songwriter, and a friend. I’ve been listening to his music for quite a while, and am very happy to say I’ve had the opportunity to see him perform live. That is something I know I will be doing again. Marcus is from southwest Virginia. He started playing guitar when he was 8 years old. He has played in church while he was growing up. In addition to guitar, he plays piano, banjo, bass and mandolin. He has played a little bit of everything over the years – country, bluegrass, gospel, and even a little rock and classical. He says country music is his favorite genre…I’m glad. He is bringing back what I love about country music. He is definitely keeping it country.
Marcus has a new CD out, it’s titled “The Bird”. The album art says: “The Bird…music from the warped mind of Marcus Boyd”. Marcus obviously has a great sense of humor. I asked him why he chose that title for the album, and he said, “I named this CD after the song on track 6. Really I could have named it after a number of songs on the CD, but I chose The Bird because it’s a fun song. I write mostly serious songs about all facets of life, and there’s nothing really that I wouldn’t touch. I wanted to keep some “fun” in the album, though. I am not one to take myself too seriously, and I get requests to play this song when I play live. So, I went with it when naming the album”.
Every song on this album was written by Marcus. It is some great songwriting! The 11 songs you are going to hear are, Gonna Love You, I Gotta Go, Real Man, Leavin’ Virginia, Ain’t Met Her Yet, The Bird, Tuesday Sunset, Pucker UP, Girlfriends and Ex Wives, Little Church Girl and End of Our Song. Every song is country. Every song is well-written, and it goes without saying that Marcus did a great job singing every song, too. He has the kind of voice that you could fall asleep to, but at the same time, he is such a good entertainer, that you wouldn’t want to sleep through one of his performances.
Somehow, Marcus Boyd manages to make country music sound the way it did 50 years ago, and still makes it sound like we should be hearing it on country radio today. He lists his influences as Gary Allan, Tom Petty, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Leo Kottke, Counting Crows – I hear those influences in his music, but I hear some that go back a lot farther, too.
I never review a CD without picking a favorite song – this time, I can’t pick just one. My absolute favorite is “I Gotta Go”. ‘….It’s never quite what it seems, you spend your life chasing dreams, but I gotta go; I can’t let my life pass me by, you gotta know, I’ve begged, I’ve pleaded, I’ve tried; I’m not one to say I told you so, but I gotta go….’ Those are a few of the lyrics, now wait until you hear this melody. If you like a ballad, sung from the heart – this is your ballad.
“Gonna Love You” is another one of my favorites. It’s a a mid-tempo song, with great lyrics. If Marcus wasn’t a singer/songwriter, I think he would have made a great storyteller. But, I suppose that’s what he is doing through his music. And, he does it well. I am sure that if I were in position to select tunes ready for the radio, “Tuesday Sunset” and “Pucker Up” would be on my playlist.
While they can’t all be favorites, I will say there is not one song on this entire album that isn’t good. “Girlfriends and Ex Wives” should be getting played in every honky tonk in the country. I can just hear the entire bar singing along to that one. Then again, I think a lot of the songs Marcus sings would have that same affect on the people listening. They would want to sing along. Marcus produced this album, and he did a great job with it. It is an album I will play a lot, and I think everyone who buys a copy will be playing it a lot, too. The album is available on iTunes.
I want to share a video with you. Here is Marcus doing George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning”. Let me know what you think of this. I guess I don’t have to tell you, I love it.
In addition to his web site, I hope you will visit his Facebook page, and be sure to “Like” it while you are there. You can follow him on Twitter @MarcusBoydMusic. And remember, if you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.
Please give this guy a listen, I am quite sure you are going to like what you hear!