Batavia Downs Presents: The Marshall Tucker Band
Batavia Downs Presents: The Marshall Tucker Band
Bruce Wojick and the Struggle, Steppin Stones, In the Mix
8315 Park Road
Batavia, NY, 14020
Doors 4:00 PM / Show 5:00 PM
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The Marshall Tucker Band
In the early fall of 1973, The Marshall Tucker
Band was still a young and hungry group out to
prove themselves every time they hit the stage. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries,”
says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of The Marshall Tucker Band
took them very far indeed. Today, the band records on its own RAMBLIN' RECORDS Label (distributed by Sony/RED) and
continues to release new and previously unreleased
material. Still led today by founding member and
lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and
place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray
is quick to credit the band's current dynamic
members with carrying on the timeless essence of
The Marshall Tucker Band sound. Current
members include the highly respected drummer
B.B. Borden, a former member of both Mother's
Finest and The Outlaws, multi instrumentalist
Marcus Henderson of Macon, Georgia, plays flute,
saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and
background vocals, Pat Elwood on bass guitar, and Rick Willis on lead guitar and vocals, both of
Spartanburg SC, are disciples of the Caldwell
Brothers. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist
Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-
year absence. Together they present a powerful
stage presence as they continue to tour the country
and continue to be powerful force in the world of
music. The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in
Spartanburg, S.C. when Gray teamed up with
Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T.
Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks,
borrowing the name "Marshall Tucker" from a
piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring
in their old rehearsal space. In 1972, they signed
with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided
The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others
to national fame. The MTB opened shows for The
Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year,
they began to headline their own shows across
America due to the platinum-plus sales of their
debut album. They toured constantly playing
sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs, and festivals.
In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band
would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters,
Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its
definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz,
country, and gospel. Now, thanks to the expanding
scope of today's music, a new generation of fans is
learning what the rest of their fans have known for
so long- that good music knows no boundaries.
Along the way, the band has recorded 22 studio
albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many
In 1980, Tommy Caldwell died as a result of
injuries from an auto accident. In 1984, Toy
Caldwell, George McCorkle, and Paul Riddle
decided to retire. Doug Gray and Jerry Eubanks
with the blessings of the other three continued to
record and perform as The Marshall Tucker Band.
1n 1993 Toy Caldwell, who wrote the majority of
their songs, passed away, as did George McCorkle
in 2007. Jerry Eubanks retired in 1996 and Doug
Gray continues to lead the current band of fine
musicians winning new young fans as well as
satisfying the loyal fans of several generations.
Years of rigorous tour schedules earned the band
the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans.
With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song,"
"Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and
"Take The Highway," The Marshall Tucker Band
earned seven gold and three platinum albums
while they were on the Capricorn Records label.
During the 90's, the MTB scored four hit singles
on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's
gospel chart. Their music has also been featured on
the soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the
Bandit, Blow, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper,
Shipwrecked, Crank 2, Don’t Mess with Zohan,
Stop Loss, Swing Vote, Taking Chance and many
others as well as many TV Shows. “The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock & roll" says Gray. "They called us a Southern rock band, but we have
always played everything from country, jazz,
blues, rock & roll and all things in-between. As
we've become older," Gray grins, eyes twinkling,
"our Southern heritage seems to come out even
more. But, no matter how old we get, we can still
rock your socks off." Gray also notes that people
have gotten "married and buried" to classic MTB
songs like "Desert Skies" and "Can't You See".
After 40 years, The Marshall Tucker Band
continues to be played on classic rock and country
radio, and they have never stopped touring.
More than 40 years after forming, The Marshall
Tucker Band continues to tour, performing more
than 130 live dates each year.
CMT (Country Music Television) named the
MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #4 Greatest Southern
Rock Song. The MTB’s debut album, The
Marshall Tucker Band, reigns as Gibson Guitar’s
#5 Greatest Southern Rock Album. UltimateClassicRock.com
crowned the MTB's "Can't You See" as the #1 Southern Rock Song and in 2013, GRAMMY® Magazine named the
group's logo as one of the most distinctive and
iconic brands in music.
Bruce Wojick and the Struggle
Bruce Wojick from Niagara Falls, NY is regarded as one of the most talented and respected guitarists and songwriters, in the Western, NY area. The veteran musician has been a mainstay on the area scene for nearly two decades, performing as a key component in two of the area’s best and most popular original rock bands--Gods Children and Klear.
Since 2001, he has been named the top original guitar player five times at the Buffalo Music Awards. Wojick's songs, have been featured in numerous television shows and films, including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "X-Files", "ER", "Touched by an Angel", "The Osbournes" and "E True Hollywood Story", as well as the films "Vegas Vacation”, “The Station Agent" (Miramax), "Man of the House" (Disney) and "A Thousand Acres" (Meryl Streep and Jason Robards), as well as many more.
Bruce has also opened for and shared the stage with The Goo Goo Dolls, Chuck Berry, Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Government Mule, Puddle of Mudd, Creedance Clearwater (CCR), to name just a few.
In 2009, he decided to go solo and blend rock, soul, country and Americana, to form his own unique style. With the debut release of 99' With a Bullet (four song EP) in 2010, his first full length self titled record in 2011 and with his band, The Struggle, CD No. 2: Rock-N-Roll Music With An American Heart released in January 2015, he is well on his way and blazing a trail.
BRUCE WOJICK, Guitar/Vocals
JAMIE HOLKA, Guitar/Vocals
LEO MCDONALD, Bass Guitar
DENNY PELCZYNSKI, Drums/Percussion/Vocals
WILL HOLTON, Saxophone/Vocals
The Steppin Stones is an American rock ‘n’ roll band from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Wicklund formed The Steppin Stones at the age of nine. While most were accomplishing third grade reading lists, Wicklund was forming a rock ‘n’ roll band. Playing over 1,500 shows, sharing stages with acts including Kansas, Jefferson Starship, Outlaws, Lyle Lovett, Jason Isbell, and Rusted Root before legal voting age, Wicklund and The Steppin Stones have evolved over a decade.
“18-year-old vocalist and guitarist Hannah Wicklund who delivers melodies and styles from multiple genres with both expert precision and original adventurism…it’s astonishing how they achieve such a mature rock sound on their 2015 self-title album,” wrote Modern Rock Review’s Ric Albano.
Now in Nashville, Tennessee, Wicklund, guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter is accompanied on stage by bass and drums. Wicklund’s signature curls flying through the air transport back to the time of the first female rock star, Janis Joplin. Capturing the old soul of a new generation, Wicklund’s singing voice and guitar playing have earned her comparisons to blues/soul musician Susan Tedeschi.
With the band’s musical influences from Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Jeff Beck, Wicklund’s classic rock look get fans listening, but her guitar skills keep them wanting more.
“I remember the first time I saw Nirvana in 1990 in a small club in Jax Beach with a handful of long hairs and shoe gazers. I will never forget that night, but I was more blown away tonight by Hannah than by Kurt. She is a monster talent and her trio is cool as shit. Tonight was one of those once in a life time moments when you catch a superstar on the way up. Please support her so everyone else who plays guitar can retire,” said Josh Talbot, Nashville native.
While touring and playing private events including parties for AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, the band has managed to release four albums. The latest, a self-titled album recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC in 2015. The band is set to release a new album in October of 2017 upon the kick off of their first European tour.
In the Mix
In the Mix is a high energy band that plays a wide variety of music.
- Carrie Ann Faticone-Ferrara, lead vocal.
- Rick Ventura, bass guitar and backup vocals.
- Tim Weeks, keyboard and backup vocals.
- Ken Mims, lead and rhythm guitar
- Mike DiGrazio, percussionist and backup vocals.
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