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The Marshall Tucker Band at Ruidoso Downs

Ty Wyant




             Tickets are on sale now for the Marshall Tucker Band concert on Thursday, June 18 at Ruidoso Downs. The concert is part of their Searchin’ for a Rainbow Tour.

            “It’s looking like 2015 is shaping up to be our biggest tour schedule in years,” lead singer Doug Gray said. “We are so thankful that our fans have stuck with us for over four decades and continue to pack our shows. We’re still out there searchin’ for that rainbow.”

            Tickets can be purchased at the racetrack box office or by telephone at 575-378-4140.

            This will be the first outdoor summer concert at Ruidoso Downs in the past few years. “We believe it’s a perfect venue for a beautiful summer evening in our community,” Ruidoso Downs’ general manger Shaun Hubbard said. We have reduced our ticket prices for reserved seating so they start at $25, which is an affordable entertainment option for our tourists. We’re going to have some fun.”

            The Marshall Tucker Band is an Southern rock/country band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The band’s blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s. The band has enjoyed a number of top-charting hits including “Can’t You See,” “Heard it in a Love Song,” and “Fire on the Mountain.”

            Last year, the group released ‘Live From Englishtown,’ a recording of their 1977 concert at Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., which includes a live version of ‘Searchin’ for a Rainbow,’ the title track of their 1975 album and the song for which this tour is named.

            “I didn’t take out any of the bad parts, and I didn’t change or edit anything,” Gray says of ‘Live From Englishtown.’ “All we did was make it sound better. It was worth the time and worth the effort, because I put myself back on that stage in 1977. When you just walked out there, you sang your heart out, and the audience was flipping out and loving it. It was a moment in time. It was overwhelming. That’s really all I can say about it.”

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