Posted on Jan.29, 2015
Justin McCorkle, the only son of Marshall Tucker Band founding member George McCorkle, feels he was put here to play music and to bring that feeling that only a real song can bring to music fans. Justin has shared the stage with many stars of all types, from multiple Grammy winning members of The Zac Brown Band to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, to Southern Rock legends. As a singer/songwriter and publishing company owner he has worked with and been groomed for success by some of the best of the business from Nashville, TN to Los Angeles, CA.
McCorkle is the lead guitar player for The Southern Boys Band from Birmingham, AL. When this band decided to take a step back from music professionally, McCorkle decided to get back to his roots. He was approached by Garage Door and Super Spin Records. When this record deal opportunity knocked, McCorkle opened the door. With a new recording project and tour dates on the horizon to support the new record, McCorkle needed a band. Not just any band, but a band that would bring the vision to life.
This band is Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, Southern Rock, you name it, the influence is there. This comes by no other means than its members.
Alison Turner Watson, a Converse College graduate and board certified music therapist, brings flute and keys to the mix. Her soulful, yet controllably delivered vocals mesh right in. Her flute brings a totally different dynamic to the sound and keys round out the band’s production.
JJ Guerrieri brings his monster slide guitar that is in your face and something that is not easily forgotten. Guerrieri also shares the lead and rhythm duties with Justin. He has been a staple of the Spartanburg SC music scene for quite some time now and for good reason. He’s an incredibly versatile guitar player that excels at any genre of music.
Michael Johnson’s percussion style is certainly his own. Derived from metal and grunge influences Johnson has no problem falling back to the fundamentals of any style making him beyond versatile. Johnson is just as at home playing the blues as he is metal or country. For good reason, Johnson has been at the music scene for a number of years now and could be one of Spartanburg’s best kept secrets.
Michael Wilkerson, originally from Charlotte, NC, stays in the driver’s seat of this band with his smoky bottom end bass lines. Wilkerson is a blues fanatic and has a heart for soulful music in general. Being a grunge influenced bass player his style transitions quite well with some very innovative impressions on the overall sound.
Lastly Justin McCorkle brings the lead vocals as well as rhythm and lead guitar. McCorkle being a versed musician and in the music business literally all his life brings the ziplock to the sandwich bag for this band.
In a time of less and less recreation for everyone they bring a breath of fresh air-that feeling that only a performance from the heart and soul can deliver. The music is just a downright good time and a great feeling. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!
Formed in 2015, “Buck Shoals” is a five piece band that defies categorization. All of the members met, and are currently enrolled in, the music program at USC Upstate, where they are learning to hone their craft while submersing themselves in musical diversity. The members consist of Drew Spencer- Vocals & Guitar, Marco Taveras- Piano & Vocals, Dalton Guest- Drums & Vocals, Tripp Hammett- Bass, and Matt Neely- Guitar. During a Buck Shoals performance, the audience should expect both vocal and guitar harmonies, intricate rhythmic structuring, and improvisation. Buck Shoals strives to not be confined by genres or labels, which is made obvious in their original material.