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Markus King by Danny Clinch

Marcus King has announced his new solo album, “Young Blood,” produced by Dan Auerbach. The set will arrive on Aug. 26 via Rick Rubin’s American Records/Republic Records. For pre-orders, go here.

Listen to the new single off the set, “Hard Working Man,” below.

“We tour almost 200 days of the year, and even when I’m home, I’m doing something,” King said in a statement. “Working hard is just the way I was raised. It would make my grandfather proud to know I’m a hard working man and I’ve worked for everything I have. It’s an anthem for the people. You’ve got folks who work all week and spend their hard-earned money just to come see us. They’re the backbone of America. It’s a real blessing.”

Young Blood is an album about “looking at tough times in your rear view mirror,” King adds. “I was going through a lot during the album with addictions, breakups, and addictions because of breakups. I was overindulging in everything,” he said.

King added, “It’s not a big secret to my friends. I was in a real rough place for a while. I was trying to process the death of family members and I was on the wrong medications.”

“Music runs so deep in Marcus’s blood he might not even realize how born to do this he is. He’s the real deal,” Dan Auerbach added. “Marcus has Southern Soul as part of his foundation. If you’re going to play rock ‘n’ roll with Marcus, you have to understand that element. It’s just who he is. These songs are live performances. The whole damn thing is live—the solos and everything. It’s so rare in this day and age.”

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!