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Marcus King To Release New Album 'Mood Swings' + US, Canadian European & UK Tour Dates Announced

Mood Swings is Marcus King's magnum opus, an eclectic symphony that is uniquely timeless and current. Drawing on his darkest moments, it became a beacon of hope as he created it and will be a refuge for anyone going through similar challenges.


Accompanying the album announcement, King has released the title track, ‘Mood Swings’, the perfect introduction to a body of work that highlights the different direction King is taking on the new record. The song is a soulful slow burner with pulsing electro-drums and loose jazz-tinged guitar, which leaves space for King’s vulnerable and honest vocal to shine through.


On ‘Mood Swings’, King stated, “In the early summer of 2020, I arrived at Shangri-La for my first meeting with my hero, the legend, Mr. Rick Rubin. As soon as Rick & I met it was like a spark in the room! I immediately felt welcomed, appreciated and mutually admired.

“Rick and I had a wonderful first introduction, and he left me in the capable hands of his ace engineer, Jason Lader, an incredible talent who would become a dear, dear friend. Jason and I toured the space and then, just for fun, decided to track something, and what we tracked was the title song, ‘Mood Swings’. I laid down guitar and vocals, we added Rhythm Ace R77 drum machine with tape delay to achieve the swing we desired, then bass and piano, and after half an hour the track was finished.

“‘Mood Swings’ is a play on the swinging nature of the material, whilst also referencing my up and down shifts in mood while I was either abusing the wrong substances, in between mood-stabilising meds and anti-psychotics, self-medication on top of that, along with a foot locker FULL of repressed childhood trauma all being taken out on my relationship at the time.”


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, 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.”


The pair secretly holed up for sessions in Italy and Malibu during the promotion of King’s critically acclaimed album, Young Blood. The result is King’s most sonically astute and personal album to date, and a landmark moment for Marcus who for the first time lets his smokey and affecting voice take centre-stage stating, “There was no hiding behind the guitar at all!” 


Yet Marcus King didn’t plan on making ‘Mood Swings’. Heartache, addiction and mental health brought him to the brink, and during a North American tour, he had designs to drink himself to death. He admits, “I had an escape route already decided for myself and a backup if that didn’t work.”


Despite its often bleak subject matter, ‘Mood Swings’ is an album with a message of hope; it takes us in a very different sonic direction to his previous outing, combining elements as diverse as modern pop, R&B, aughts hip hop, piano driven classic rock and the warm instrumentation of classic era soul, R&B and jazz.

The title track follows the release of, ‘F*ck My Life Up Again’, which was the first taste of what’s to come from King’s new sonic endeavour. It was here Rubin helped King find a new personal and sonic approach, and instead of crumbling under the weight of his anxiety, inspired him to shift his perspective. “He helped me view mental health as a writing partner,” recalls Marcus. “I’ve learnt it can give me that creative spark.”


Though Mood Swings has cemented King’s journey with his mental health, he has been open about his challenges in the past, and has launched various mental health initiatives, most recently a guitar auction collaboration with MusiCares.


On Mood Swings, we find Marcus gracefully standing in his own truth, accepting the challenges he’s faced and coming out the other side a man renewed. It is a rebirth of both his sound and mind. “Without this assembly of songs, I don’t think I’d be around,”.... “I hope this album can act as a safety blanket, a rescue, or a refuge for anybody struggling with mental health, substance abuse or relationship issues. That’s what it is for me.”

Marcus heads out on an extensive North American Tour and heads to the UK and Europe this October and November for a run of dates.



APR 6, 2024

US Bank Stadium

Minneapolis, MN

Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show 2024

APR 13, 2024

The Augusta Common

Augusta, GA

10th Annual Major Rager

APR 19, 2024

Moon Crush Festival

Miramar Beach, FL

MAY 6, 2024

The Moore Theatre

Seattle, WA

MAY 7, 2024

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

Portland, OR

MAY 8, 2024

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

Portland, OR

MAY 10, 2024

The Masonic

San Francisco, CA

MAY 11, 2024

Grand Sierra Ballroom

Reno, NV

MAY 12, 2024

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

San Diego, CA

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

The Fillmore Auditorium

Denver, CO

MAY 22, 2024

Monument Arena

Rapid City, SD

Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show 2024

MAY 24, 2024

Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Sioux Falls, SD

Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show 2024

MAY 25, 2024

Stir Concert Cove - Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel

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

Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show 2024



SEP 4, 2024

Orpheum Theatre

Vancouver, BC

SEP 6, 2024

Grey Eagle Resort And Casino

Calgary, AB

SEP 7, 2024

Midway Music Hall

Edmonton, AB

SEP 9, 2024

Burton Cummings Theatre

Winnipeg, MB

SEP 13, 2024

Massey Hall

Toronto, ON

SEP 14, 2024

London Music Hall

London, ON


OCT 17, 2024

Sala La Riviera

Madrid, Spain

OCT 18, 2024

Sala Apolo

Barcelona, Spain

OCT 20, 2024


Milan, Italy

OCT 21, 2024

Komplex 457

Zürich, Switzerland

OCT 23, 2024

Le Transbordeur

Lyon, France

OCT 25, 2024


Cologne, Germany

OCT 27, 2024

Markthalle Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

OCT 28, 2024

De Roma

Antwerp, Belgium

OCT 29, 2024


Amsterdam, Netherlands

OCT 31, 2024


Berlin, Germany

NOV 1, 2024

Grey Hall

Copenhagen, Denmark

NOV 3, 2024


Paris, France


NOV 5, 2024

Eventim Apollo

London, UK

NOV 6, 2024

Albert Hall

Manchester, UK

NOV 7, 2024

Barrowland Ballroom

Glasgow, UK

NOV 9, 2024

O2 Institute Birmingham

Birmingham, UK

NOV 10, 2024

The Great Hall

Cardiff, UK

NOV 12, 2024

Olympia Theatre

Dublin, Ireland



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