Monday, October 8, 2012

Marshall Tucker Band is Sarasota bound for free show at Thunder By the Bay

Marshall Tucker Band
One of the greats of Southern rock, The Marshall Tucker Band, will headline the 15th Annual Thunder By the Bay Motorcycle Festival in Sarasota.

The group will play the free Downtown Festival Jan. 6 on Main Street. recently named The Marshall Tucker Band's classic power ballad "Can't You See," originally included on the band's self-titled 1973 debut disc, the greatest Southern Rock song ever recorded.

It beat out favorites by the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws   

“We are over the top with this announcement from Ultimate Classic Rock,” said Marshall Tucker Band lead singer and founding member Doug Gray, in a statement posted on the group's website.  “It certainly lets us all know that ‘Can’t You See’ is and will continue to be appreciated for a very long time.”

The Marshall Tucker Band's other hits include "Heard it in a Love Song," "This Ol' Cowboy," Searchin' for a Rainbow" and "Fire on the Mountain."

David “Frankie” Toler, who died last year at Tidewell hospice care in Bradenton after a prolonged illness following a liver transplant, was the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman Band and Marshall Tucker Band (1992-94).

“Frankie’s personality was so big — it stuck out farther than his mighty drumsticks,” Gray told the Herald. “I didn’t know anybody who couldn’t talk to him.”

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Thunder By the Bay, which raises money for Suncoast Charities for Children, is one of the top motorcycle festivals in Florida.

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