Marcus King Unveils Upcoming Rick Rubin-Produced Album ‘Mood Swings’

February 8, 2024
Marcus King Unveils Upcoming Rick Rubin-Produced Album ‘Mood Swings’

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Marcus King has announced his upcoming project Mood Swings, to be released on April 5 via American/Republic Records. Through collaboration with legendary producer Rick Rubin, the rising country hero’s third solo album reaches beyond his classic background, incorporating wailing soulful vocals and digital distortion to compliment a strikingly honest exploration of his inner world. To accompany this announcement, King has released the album’s title track “Mood Swings,” a haunting album trailer and the dates for an eight-month  2024 world tour.

King recorded the album’s first song, “Mood Swings,” with engineer Jason Lader on the spur of his first meeting with Rubin. In this inaugural session, King’s let loose his blues guitar prowess over a stuttering, swinging tape-delayed drum machine, prompting an outpouring of truth from the furthest recesses of the young star’s soul. In only half an hour, the smoldering track was completed, and the energy was set for the album to come. On this left turn inward, King has shared that “Rick helped me view mental health as a writing partner in a way. I’ve learned it can give me that creative spark.”

This track follows the sleek, funk-inflected lead single “F*ck My Life Up Again,” released on Jan. 19. King’s earlier track offered the first window into the artist’s new sound, centering the artist’s electrifying vocal chops for the very first time. Rubin’s production casts King and his talents in a whole new spotlight, using rich, dramatic strings and choral backing to coax beauty and new depths of sincerity from the artist and heal old wounds. “I love the way listening to this album makes me feel,” Rubin has said, speaking to the gravity of the recordings, “I can’t think of another project quite like this one. Marcus’s playing and singing are from another planet.”

On March 7, King will begin his album release tour with a performance at Love Rocks NYC, kicking off a run of 59 North American performances and 17 in Europe that will keep the prolific tourer on the road until November 12. Citi presale for King’s tour begins on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. local time, with additional presales running until the general onsale release on Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. local time via livenation.com. Read on for a complete list of tour dates.

Mood Swings is available to pre-save now. Visit marcuskingofficial.com for more information.

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help.

Marcus King 2024 Tour Dates

March 7 – Love Rocks NYC – New York
March 9 – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, N.Y.
April 6 – U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis w/ Chris Stapleton
April 13 – 10 Annual Major Rager – Augusta, Ga.
April 19 – Moon Crush “Pink Moon” Festival – Miramar Beach, Fla.
May 6 – The Moore Theater – Seattle
May 7 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, Ore.
May 8 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, Ore.
May 10 – The Masonic – San Francisco
May 11 – Grand Sierra Ballroom – Reno, Nev.
May 14 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles
May 15 – The Van Buren – Phoenix
May 17 – The Complex – Salt Lake City
May 18 – Fillmore Auditorium – Denver
May 22 – The Monument – Rapid City, S.D. w/ Chris Stapleton
May 24 – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center – Sioux Falls, S.D. w/ Chris Stapleton
May 25 – Harrah’s Stir Cove – Council Bluffs, Iowa
May 26 – EPIC Event Center – Green Bay, Wisc.*
May 29 – The Pageant – St. Louis
May 30 – GLC Live at 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, Mich.
May 31 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland w/ Chris Stapleton
June 1 – Railbird Festival – Lexington, Ky.
June 2 – Salt Shed – Chicago
June 4 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, Conn.*
June 6 – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion – Philadelphia w/ Chris Stapleton
June 7 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, Va. w/ Chris Stapleton
June 8 – Landmark Theatre – Syracuse, N.Y.
June 10 – Ruby Amphitheater – Morgantown, W.Va.*
June 12 – T-Mobile Center – Kansas City, Mo. w/ Chris Stapleton
June 13 – Thunder Ridge Nature Arena – Ridgefield, Mo. w/ Chris Stapleton
June 14 – The Criterion – Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 15 – Globe Life Field – Arlington, Texas w/ Chris Stapleton
July 11 – Darien Lake Amphitheater – Darien Center, N.Y. w/ Chris Stapleton
July 12 – The Pavilion at Star Lake – Pittsburgh w/ Chris Stapleton
July 13 – Palace Theatre – Albany, N.Y.
July 16 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis
July 18 – Huntington Center – Toledo, Ohio w/ Chris Stapleton
July 19 – Schottenstein Center – Columbus, Ohio w/ Chris Stapleton
July 20 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit
September 4 – Orpheum – Vancouver, British Columbia
September 6 – Grey Eagle Event Center – Calgary, Alberta
September 7 – Midway Music Hall – Edmonton, Alberta
September 9 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, Manitoba
September 13 – Massey Hall – Toronto, Ontario
September 14 – London Music Hall – London, Ontario
September 17 – Kemba Live! – Columbus, Ohio
September 19 – Warner Theatre – Washington
September 20 – Warner Theatre – Washington
September 21 – The Ritz – Raleigh, N.C.
September 24 – Avondale Brewing – Birmingham, Ala.
September 26 – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee
September 28 – The Sylvee, Madison, Wisc.
September 29 – Vibrant Music Hall – Des Moines, Iowa
October 7 – Roxian Theatre – Pittsburgh
October 9 – State Theatre – Portland, Maine
October 11 – House of Blues Boston – Boston
October 12 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia
October 13 – Brooklyn Paramount – Brooklyn, N.Y.
October 17 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
October 18 – Sala Apolo – Barcelona, Spain
October 20 – Fabrique Milano – Milan, Italy
October 21 – Komplex 457 – Zurich, Switzerland
October 23 – Le Transbordeur – Lyon, France
October 25 – Essigfabrik – Cologne, Germany
October 27 – Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
October 28 – De Roma – Antwerp, Belgium
October 29 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 31 – Metropol – Berlin, Germany
November 1 – The Grey Hall – Copenhagen, Denmark
November 3 – Bataclan – Paris, France
November 5 – Eventim Apollo – London, United Kingdom
November 6 – Albert Hall – Manchester, United Kingdom
November 7 – Barrowland Ballroom – Glasgow, United Kingdom
November 9 – O2 Institute – Birmingham, United Kingdom
November 10 – The Great Hall – Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 12 – Olympia – Dublin, Ireland