Market crash: This FTSE 250 stock is high risk, but is it worth it?

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Jabran Khan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” After a market crash, stocks can look more attractive because they are trading at cheaper prices. I love a bargain, but I firmly believe that cheap prices do not necessarily translate into good value for money. In the aftermath of a crash, investors need to look for the opportunities, but avoid the pitfalls. With this in mind, one high-risk and potentially high-reward stock that I’m keeping an eye on is global automotive distributor Inchcape (LSE:INCH).5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Market crash opportunity or too risky?INCH operates a handful of UK dealerships by partnering with manufacturers. Its primary business is as a global automotive distributor. INCH takes ownership for marketing, distribution, dealer management, and after sales for manufacturers. When the market crash struck, INCH lost approximately 40% of its share price value. From nearly 700p per share, Inchcape’s price tumbled to a low of 420p. At the time of writing, shares can be purchased at just over 500p per share which is still cheap in my opinion. The global automotive industry is in decline and the market crash has not helped. Covid-19 first hit in China, a centre for many car manufacturers, and factories were shut down. Global sales of passenger cars are forecast to fall to 59.6m units in 2020. This is down from a peak of 79.6 in 2017. In regards to INCH specifically, it is not reliant on just the UK market as it is a global company. This means it doesn’t need to rely on one region in respect of performance.Performance and outlookCity analysts today upgraded Inchcape’s outlook. The company’s earnings are under severe pressure in the short run amid the market crash. This is noted by the last month’s interim results which showed revenue down by 36% and underlying profits down 84%. Despite these figures, analysts feel the tide is about to turn.Inchcape possesses a robust balance sheet which would put my mind at ease as a potential investor during the current downturn. At the end of June, INCH reported total liquidity in excess of £1bn, consisting of available cash of £480m and £530m headroom in its revolving credit facility.Inchcape’s trading update in July also confirmed the appointment of new chief executive officer Duncan Tait. Despite a history of technology service focused roles, Tait has lots of experience of working with the automotive industry in these roles on many key projects.My verdictOverall it would be easy for me to sit on the fence with Inchcape. One on hand, it has a strong balance sheet and a history of strong performance. Analysts are predicting an upturn in its future. On the other hand, the automotive sector has been badly affected by the pandemic. No one can predict when the tide will turn, which is worrying for me as a potential investor.Ultimately, I would class Inchcape as a high-risk, high-reward stock and personally would not invest right now. I would definitely keep an eye on developments with the new CEO in place to see what steps are taken to stimulate performance. I just feel there are alternative stocks out there that are in less risky industries, which can be picked up cheaper due to the market crash. center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Market crash: This FTSE 250 stock is high risk, but is it worth it? Jabran Khan | Wednesday, 26th August, 2020 | More on: INCH Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Jabran Khanlast_img read more

Heart charity launches appeal for volunteers

first_img Howard Lake | 13 September 2005 | News The campaign promotes volunteering as a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and have an enjoyable and fulfilling time supporting a lifesaving charity. Tagged with: Individual giving Recruitment / people Volunteering Heart charity launches appeal for volunteers The British Heart Foundation is trying to boost its number of volunteers with a recruitment campaign, ‘Count Me In’, supported by celebrities including Gloria Hunniford, Casualty actor Will Thorp and Birmingham City footballer Mario Melchiot.Running throughout September and October, the appeal aims to recruit new volunteers across the UK.The charity is hoping the campaign can build on the profile of the Year of the Volunteer Give A Billion Minutes campaign which is asking members of the public to pledge their time to good causes in 2005. Advertisementcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  24 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Click & Pledge Adds Euro, Canadian Dollar and British Pound to Payment Processing System

first_img Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Digitalcenter_img ROANOKE, VA – (January 6, 2009) – Click & Pledge, a pioneer in the delivery of Software-as-a-Service to non-profits, announced today that it has expanded services to include processing credit and debit card payments in three new currencies: the Euro, Canadian Dollar and British Pound. In addition to U.S. Dollars, the additional currencies will qualify Click & Pledge to process credit card payments securely and quickly in about 40 countries, according to company President Dr. Kami Razvan. Click & Pledge currently offers payment software and merchant bank services to non-profits and similar organizations around the world. “We wanted to add the ability to process a variety of currencies to our customer base,” Razvan said. “Consumers have a comfort level donating or purchasing in their native currency because they know they will not incur any foreign exchange fees, unnecessary risk or exposure. Our multiple-currency option offers customers peace of mind and convenience.” Click & Pledge currently offers its payment pages in 10 languages, including English, German, French, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Polish. “As a single point of contact for all major credit card types, we can set customers up to begin processing card payments within days,” Razvan explained. “With our payment expertise and complete suite of online payment solutions and services, we enable customers with a seamless checkout experience that is fast, reliable, trusted, and secure.”About Click & Pledge Click & Pledge provides software-as-a-service to enable non-profits and similar organizations to be effective and efficient in online fundraising. Located in Blacksburg, Va., the company serves more than 8,000 customers in 45 countries. To find out more, call (540) 961-9811 or visit www.ClickandPledge.com.Thomas Becher, APR | Presidenttba Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing119 Norfolk Avenue | Suite 100 | Roanoke, VA 24011540-772-3942 | Fax: 540-989-4239 | www.tbtheagency.comSTRATEGY | CREATIVITY | RESULTS Howard Lake | 7 January 2009 | News Click & Pledge Adds Euro, Canadian Dollar and British Pound to Payment Processing Systemlast_img read more

Join Macmillan’s Online Community

first_img Although Macmillan’s online community is focused on mutual support for people with cancer and their families and friends, note that the community is also used by members to fundraise and plan fundraising activities. Join Macmillan’s Online Community AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital  34 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  33 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 27 October 2011 | News Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Do It Like Durham update: ‘Struggle, a lifetime commitment’

first_imgIn Durham, N.C., at the toppled Confederate statue with LT Tran, A.A. Jones and Takiyah Thompson on Sept. 12.Durham, N.C. — Some 200 people gathered at 9 a.m. at the Durham courthouse on a rainy Sept. 12 to support Workers World Party members and other activists who were facing charges for their actions during the toppling of a Confederate statue symbolizing white supremacy on Aug. 14. The group included people who had caravanned from around the country to be at the action.After an hour-long rally, the nine activists emerged from the courthouse. Their cases had been continued to Nov. 14. Two other WWP activists face court dates on Oct. 11.Wearing hats and T-shirts that read, “Do It Like Durham,” the crowd then marched militantly through the streets to say “no” to white supremacy. They declared a victory at the site of the Confederate statue, which crumpled when WWP member and North Carolina Central University student Takiyah Thompson, along with others, brought it down. Finally, the group marched to a nearby park, where they danced, sang, gave speeches and vowed to continue the fight. The uplifting action was held exactly a month after the people’s resistance to fascism and racism in Charlottesville, Va., and the murder of activist Heather Heyer there.At the opening rally, the Rev. Curtis Gatewood argued, a day after the anniversary of 9/11, that the government talks about terrorism but not about the terrorism it wages on Black and Brown people. Gatewood recently inaugurated the Stop Killing Us campaign. “There is terrorism in Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia — a terrorist is sitting in the White House,” Gatewood declared.Eva Panjwani, one of the rally’s emcees and a member of WWP, noted that a lot of what passes for law in this country is racist, and the work of social justice movements is to point out these unjust laws. “It’s never been just about the statues, but about white supremacy,” they stated.Lamont Lilly, the other emcee and Workers World Party’s 2016 vice presidential candidate, asserted: “This is not the time to speak timidly — we must speak direct truth to power.” He cited the long years of oppression, activism and organizing in Durham and throughout the country, asking, “Who keeps us safe?” The crowd responded, “We keep us safe.”Basma, of the Baltimore branch of Workers World Party, discussed how Durham is an antidote to any doubts people may feel about righteous struggle. Andrew Gil, of the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly, mentioned the imposing of imperialist U.S. statues around the world, and the toppling of a statue of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 2013 in the Philippines.Standing at the site of the Confederate statue, Takiyah Thompson said, “People have been asking me how I feel all day. I feel powerful, I feel great. I’m not losing a wink of sleep. I slept like a baby. I slept like a free person last night because we are all more free thanks to the action that we took on Aug. 14. And we know that struggle is not an event. It’s a lifetime commitment.”By Thompson’s side, arrestee LT Tran paid tribute to Heather Heyer, the activist killed in Charlottesville on July 12: “We fight in her honor and in honor of freedom fighters over centuries. We do it because we love our people.”Anthony Jones, of Take Em Down NOLA, discussed the struggle to remove Confederate statues in New Orleans. “White supremacy is a system that only works for the capitalists at the top,” Jones asserted.At the energizing closing rally, activist-musician Toshi Reagon, who had traveled all the way from New York to be at the rally, performed a song with the refrain, “I’m going to get my baby out of jail.” Grace Nichols, of Southerners on New Ground, discussed their organization’s campaign to bail Black women out of jail. “In Durham,” Nichols stated, “the population is 50 percent white, but the jails are 50 percent Black. They’re criminalizing folks they don’t want to see.”Other speakers represented Black Youth Project 100, North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, Greensboro Transparency Project, New York People’s Power Assembly, Durham Beyond Policing, Michigan People’s Defense Network, Inside-Outside Alliance and the Los Angeles International Action Center.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Negative signs from police investigating newspaper journalist’s murder

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria to go further March 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Negative signs from police investigating newspaper journalist’s murder Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures NigeriaAfrica June 10, 2021 Find out more NigeriaAfrica News Organisation center_img Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the conduct of the investigation into the murder of Bayo Ohu, the assistant news editor of the Lagos-based daily The Guardian, who was shot dead at his home in a Lagos suburb on 20 September 2009.The police, who claimed this week that they had found the people who killed Ohu, are still insisting that he was shot in the course of a break-in although there are strong indications that he was the victim of a targeted killing related to his work as a journalist.“The authorities must act with the utmost transparency and not rule out any hypothesis,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They should avoid what happened with the August 2008 murder of Paul Abayomi Ogundeji, in which the police conducted a rather sloppy and superficial investigation and concluded that he was shot by robbers. The authorities should use this case to show they are capable of conducting a proper investigation.”Ohu was at home with his children when several unidentified men knocked at his door at 7 a.m. on 20 September 2009. He was shot several times as soon as he opened. Before fleeing, the gunmen took his laptop and mobile phone. A witness said one of the assailants cried “The fool is dead” before they left in a white Toyota Camry with the licence number HH 50 EKY, which was later found by the police.The police held a press briefing on 15 March in which they paraded three suspects alleged to have shot Ohu during a break-in. However, the police did not present any really new evidence and only journalists from the two TV stations, the state-owned Nigeria Television Authority and the privately-owned Independent Television, and from Ohu’s newspaper, The Guardian, were allowed to attend. By excluding opposition media and journalists who have criticised the investigation from the news conference, the police gave credence to those who accuse them of showing no real interest in shedding light on Ohu’s death.Aged 45, Ohu was married and had five children. February 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Nigeria News Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms Receive email alerts News News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Value of social skills rises

first_imgIntellectual,emotional and social skills will become increasingly important in the businessenvironment of the future.Thisis the view of Kent University professor Richard Scase, author of Britain in 2010:The New Business Landscape, who presented his ideas to business leaders duringa masterclass talk in London.Hesaid, “The high performing entrepreneurial businesses have social workingenvironments, where people are sharing canteens and coffee areas.“Ifyou have the right dynamics it can be the source of new ideas and innovation”“Theirony is that in the online world the intellectual, emotional and social skillsof the individual become more important.Scasetold Personnel Today it was essential that the education system continued todevelop these skills in an increasingly technological world.Hebelieves there needs to be a change in attitude to human resources in Britainif companies are to compete in the new economy.Headded, “Anglo-American business processes are centred on projects. There is nolong-term investment in HR intellectual capital. But HR is the key asset of newbusiness.“Theculture around the whole HR function is one where it is subordinate and plays asupport role. This needs to change to respond to the future needs of acompetitive, interconnected global environment.“Companiesare still operating the culture of the old industrial age where human beingsare labour costs rather than capital assets and this attitude has to change.”Scasesays skills shortages will increase as people become an increasingly scarceresource.Hesaid, “The number of people coming into the labour market is reducing. Thenumber of young people aged 16 to 24 has dropped by a third in the past 10years.“Peopleare also leaving the labour market at an earlier age.”ByBen Willmott Comments are closed. Value of social skills risesOn 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Ocean City Schools Awarded Grant for the Study of Coastal Community Resilience

first_imgStudents and staff are now challenged to observe and record local issues on the coast using the knowledge gained from the Nature Center and future trips. This summer, there will be a program focusing on this resiliency curriculum, with a presentation for the School Board in October. Overall, the grant provides the District with a great opportunity to further their science related education programs, and the chance to work with several ecological groups and high schools around New Jersey. Students will be using what they learn in the classroom and through hands-on involvement around the community to create connections with real world experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). With the help of interactive field trips, a school-based sustainability project that addresses coastal community resiliency will be developed. In an attempt to begin solving the issue at hand, teachers and students were encouraged to use the tools on the premise. They tested the local water for both chemical and physical properties, as well as evaluate the current state of the wetlands and sod banks. At the end of the trip, students had to create a presentation regarding their findings from the day and share their suggestions for remediation. OCEAN CITY, NJ – Last May, the Ocean City School District was chosen to participate in the grant program “Building Ecological Solutions to Coast Community Hazards,” appointing Curt Nath, Director of Academic Services, as the District’s liaison. The Ocean City Board of Education received a $5,000 grant towards this initiative, allowing opportunity for both teachers and students to form a better understanding in the science of resiliency within our local ecosystem. The grant spans over the course of two years in hopes of supporting the training, development, and application of a model resiliency curriculum. Recently, 16 students were selected from the Ocean City High School Ecology Club and AP Environmental and Engineering classes, to attend a field trip at the Cape May Nature Center. The trip was led by OCHS teachers Matt Oster, Mike Pomatto, and Dave Ferrante. From the beach to the wooded areas located on the property, the students were able to engage in real life environmental problems. They were asked, “Due to the rising seas and increasing coastal erosions, how do we maintain the quality of the Cape May Nature Center?”“The seminar stressed teaching through real life problems as opposed to projects.”- Matt Osterlast_img read more

Grace Kelly Exhibit Features Ocean City’s Royalty

first_imgOcean City Arts Center Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin shows a piece of art called “Amazing Grace” from a June exhibit inspired by Grace Kelly. By Maddy VitaleGrace Kelly exhibits at the Ocean City Historical Museum and Ocean City Art Center, will offer guests a glimpse into the life of an elegant beauty with a classic style, who captured the love of fans with her acting and took them on a fairy-tale adventure when she married a prince.Kelly, Philadelphia born, left Hollywood at age 26 to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. But she continued to vacation at her family’s two homes at 26th Street and Wesley Avenue and on the beachfront.Ocean City historians say Kelly, who died in 1982, remains Ocean City’s royalty. “There was just an aura about her and a mystique,” Carol Dotts, a museum board member said, while showing some memorabilia in the permanent exhibit at the museum Tuesday. “She was very classic. She had such style.”Ocean City Historical Museum board member Carol Dotts says she is excited about the additional Grace Kelly pieces.The Grace Kelly exhibit has been a favorite in the museum for many years. A replica of her wedding gown draws the attention of museum patrons, year after year.Additional memorabilia will delight guests in a month-long exhibit which runs from June 8 through July 31 at the museum.Kelly was an Oscar-winning actress, so it was only fitting that there would be a red carpet with photos and memorabilia lining the entrance into the museum for the special exhibit titled “I remember Grace,” said Jeff Granahan, executive director of the museum.This is the first year the museum and the art center joined forces to bring a Grace Kelly-themed dual event to the community center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Granahan contacted Ocean City Arts Center Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin and discussed putting the two events together and she agreed it was a great idea. The museum exhibit is titled and will feature memorabilia, photos and other interesting pieces that were part of Kelly’s life. Carol Dotts points to the replica of Grace Kelly’s wedding gown on display in the permanent exhibit.The art exhibit titled “Remember Grace Kelly,” which runs from June 8 through June 30 will feature local artists depictions of Kelly. “This is an expansion, more than a separate exhibit, since it is in conjunction with the arts center. We are trying to connect both the exhibits because our permanent exhibit is deep in the museum,” Granahan explained. “We will have a red carpet to grab peoples’ attention. They will be able to walk the red carpet into the museum.”He said they selected the perfect person to act as the guest curator. Anthony LoRusso, who vacations in Ocean City in the summers, will explain what he knows of the life of Grace Kelly and provide some.LoRusso is an avid Kelly memorabilia collector. He also has various newspaper clippings and photos of the beauty as well as Grace Kelly Barbie dolls and other items that will be on display.  The exhibits at both the museum and art center opens at 7 p.m. June 8 with a reception and light refreshments. Here is Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in artist Grace Zambelli’s work titled, “To Catch a Thief,” which was a movie the two stars did together.Guests will get to mingle downstairs at the museum exhibit and then venture upstairs to see some of the Grace Kelly inspired artwork.Lifshin said 30 of the finest artists in Cape and Atlantic counties will showcase their works.  “Each June we have an invitational exhibit where we invite artists to paint a theme and this year’s theme is “I remember Grace Kelly,” she said.Lifshin said the art center is very excited to be able to do the exhibit with the museum and added that there are some wonderful works that will be featured. Some of the images involve scenes in Kelly’s films, including Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. There are paintings of the princess walking with her children on the beach in Ocean City and strolling on the Boardwalk.“Amazing Grace” by G.J. Moyer, is a mixed media piece with a painting of Kelly in the middle and clippings of her movies and photos of her surrounding it.To kick off the Grace Kelly events, the Ocean City Historical Museum will host a Grace Kelly Tea at the Flanders Hotel at 2 p.m. June 6.  Reservations are required for the tea and tickets are available until June 1.For more information for the Ocean City Historical Museum visit www.ocnjmuseum.organd for the Ocean City Art Center go to www.oceancityartscenter.org.Grace Kelly photos fill a section of the museum.Here is a wall dedicated to her movies.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Marcus King Dishes On Upcoming As The Crow Flies Tour, 2018 TTB ‘Wheels Of Soul’ Tour

first_imgFollowing a big year for Marcus King in 2017, the young guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader has a slew of exciting plans in place for this new year. Next week, he will set sail on his first Jam Cruise with The Marcus King Band. Later this month, he’ll head down to Widespread Panic‘s annual Panic En La Playa destination event in Mexico. This spring, his band will join Umphrey’s McGee for a run of dates, and mount a 7-stop tour in France. And that’s just the beginning…This week, King was announced as part of two separate hotly-anticipated tours: One as a member of Chris Robinson‘s new Black Crowes-themed project, As The Crow Flies, and the other with MKB serving as one of two supporting acts for Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s annual “Wheels of Soul” tour. In the wake of these two huge announcements, we spoke to Marcus about As The Crow Flies, “Wheels of Soul,” and the other various plans he has in store for a busy 2018.[Photo: Robert Forte]Live For Live Music: When did Chris Robinson first approach you about potentially being a part of As The Crow Flies?Marcus King: It was this past fall, almost winter time, when I first got that call from Chris, and I can honestly say I was immediately excited about the idea.L4LM: Did you have an existing personal or professional relationship with Chris prior to his reaching out to you about As The Crow Flies?MK: We’ve run into each other a number of times at shows and at festivals our bands have played together. Chris and I have always had a good time just hanging out and talking at those gigs.L4LM: Did you immediately say “yes” to the offer or was it something you had to take a few weeks or longer to think about?MK: Although it was something I was instantly excited about, I did have to pause and take some time to digest the whole idea. From a sheer gut standpoint, I thought it sounded like a whole lot of fun. However, after I took some time to think about it, I also thought how cool it could be to be around a group of musicians as seasoned as the players in As The Crow Flies, and that I could really learn a lot from all of them.  I also thought the As The Crow Flies tour could present me with a unique opportunity to just go out and be a guitar player in a band for once, as opposed to being the front man in my own band. All in all I think it will end up being a very humbling experience for me.L4LM: Any thoughts on your singing on the As The Crow Flies tour? Most folks who follow the Marcus King Band often praise your vocals…MK: As far as the fine details regarding the shows, we have yet to work all of that out but I can say we’ve talked about my singing a few songs and I’m sure I’ll be contributing backing vocals on some of the tunes we’ll end up doing.L4LM: Did you have any trepidation with regard to how the Marcus King Band’s fan base would react to you being a part of this kind of project?MK: I did, and I do. The Marcus King Band is stronger than ever right now. We didn’t want to send out nor create any false narrative that our band was coming to any kind of an end because that’s far from the truth.Once [MKB’s] next big tour starts, we will be coming out of the studio having just spent two months straight together. We always try to take a little time after long tours like that to clear our heads. Thus I thought the timing for the As The Crow Flies tour sounded kind of perfect.[Photo: Robert Forte]L4LM: Many MKB fans will likely see the As the Crow Flies tour as an opportunity to introduce you and the Marcus King Band to a brand new group of die hard music fans. Do you think the tour will benefit the your band in terms of exposure and growing your own fan base?MK: To be honest, that was never my intention. I only do something if it feels right to me personally, musically, and spiritually. When this came along, it just felt right to me in my heart. I can, however, say in retrospect that I have given some thought to how this tour could help bring some exposure to the Marcus King Band and I think it will end up being a good thing.L4LM: While you’re out on the As The Crow Flies tour, will the other members of the Marcus King Band be engaged with some of their own side musical projects?MK: All of us already go and do separate gigs when we’re off the road. Jack [Ryan, drums] plays with his band the Shady Recruits, and Justin [Johnson, trumpet/trombone] plays with a number of musicians including April Bennett and her band April B. & The Cool. Every band member has music projects outside of the group that they are excited about, and we all think that’s a real healthy thing. When all of us come back to the Marcus King Band, we’re able to approach both our old and new material with a fresh spin, and that condition’s existence allows things to stay creative within the group.L4LM: Black Crowes fans are both notoriously loyal and vocal. When both Luther Dickinson and then, later, Jackie Greene, joined the Black Crowes, there were certain segments of their fan base that reacted quite negatively. Surely many of their fans will show you love, but the haters will undoubtedly make their voices heard too. What, if anything, do  you have to say to any detractors regarding As The Crow Flies and your decision to be a part of it?MK: I have had this tendency at times where I’ve let myself get really overwhelmed by some of those kinds of things. However, I’ve learned from a number of people that have been in the business much longer than myself to just do things for the right reasons and to have your heart in the right place. If people can get with it, then that’s a wonderful thing. And if they can’t, you just try to get up on that stage and prove them all wrong.L4LM: How familiar are you with the Black Crowes catalogue and their music? Are there any Black Crowes songs you’re personally excited to play with on the As The Crowe Flies tour?MK: I’m definitely a fan of the Black Crowes, and in particular the Marc Ford era. I’m getting really excited about playing those songs and having the opportunity to put my spin on them. I’m a huge fan of Marc Ford and like many people in and out of the industry, I think he’s one of the best southern rock guitar players to ever play. I see it as a real honor to be able to go out and play those songs.L4LM: Fellow As The Crow Flies member Audley Freed was in the Black Crowes for the By Your Side (1999) and Lions (2001) years. It would seem that, from a guitar dynamics standpoint, you might be a fit to play lead on the earlier Marc Ford catalogue with Freed playing lead on the band’s later work. Is that something that has already been discussed and or worked out, or are those the kind of details that are going to be ironed out as you rehearse more as a collective?MK: I think that’s something we will talk about and work out more once we get deeper into the rehearsal process. In the early going I think we’ve at least agreed in principle that both Audley and I will share the lead role.Everyone in this group is a real tasteful player and a gifted musician. I think one of the most important things I learned from people like Warren [Haynes] and Derek [Trucks] was to understand when not to play–or, to put it more bluntly, when to shut up [laughs]. Hopefully I’ll be able to remember that once I’m up on the stage with these guys.L4LM: You’ve discussed already that you have some familiarity with Chris, but do you have any sort of previous relationship with the other musicians that will comprise As The Crow Flies in Audley, Adam [MacDougall], Tony [Leone] or Andy [Hess]?MK: I’ve hung out with Audley a few times and I know him through Warren, but I don’t think we’ve ever played together. I’m just stoked that I’m going to be able play with him and the rest of the guys in As The Crow Flies.L4LM: Chris has already intimated that the As The Crow Flies tour this spring will be a one-off thing that he doesn’t anticipate will extend beyond this initial tour. He did, however, leave the door open to more dates in the longer-term future. Would you be open to being a part of a future As The Crow Flies tour if things went well this time around?MK: I will always say the door remains open for anything, but the fact that this was a one-time thing was one of the main reasons why I was initially interested in being a part of it. I see the tour as an opportunity to just go out and have a really good time with some incredible folks.L4LM: You’ve played with Derek and Susan [Tedeschi] before, but this summer’s newly announced “Wheels of Soul” tour will be the first time that MKB will go out on an extended tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band. How did the Wheels of Soul tour come to fruition? Is touring together something you, Derek and Susan have talked about doing for a while now?MK: It’s kind of been in the air over last couple of years, and we all agreed that everyone would love to do it. We always have a lot fun and laughs when see each other, and fortunately the planets aligned to make the “Wheels of Soul” tour possible this year.[Photo: Derek McCabe]L4LM: Can you describe the nature of your personal and musical relationships with both Derek and Susan?MK: Derek and Susan’s personalities both on and off the stage are very warm, and they both welcome you in with open arms. It always feels like a warm and cozy bed when we’re around them. Derek, Susan and their entire band have all become very close friends of mine.L4LM: Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Marcus King Band seem to share some of the same musical DNA, with both your fan bases seeming like a natural fit for one another. Can fans expect Derek and Susan to join your band and vice versa for some unique collaborations on the “Wheels of Soul” tour?MK: I think that’s something that’s engrained in our nature. The fact that we enjoy each other’s company off the stage, it’s kind of just a natural extension to bring that vibe up to the stage with one another. L4LM: The Wheels of Soul tour will see the Marcus King Band playing venues in the 10,000 to 20,000 capacity area, so outside of the festival dates you’ve done, you’ll be playing to some of the biggest audiences the band has ever played to on tour. Do you see that as a challenge? Do you foresee any obstacles in translating the intimate vibe of a typical Marcus King Band show to much larger audiences?MK: It’s going to be something different for us, for sure. We’re definitely going to try and translate our intimate vibe into those larger venues and shows. It’s going to be a challenge but it’s one we’re all very open to and super excited about.L4LM: Beyond you and Tedeschi Trucks, Drive-By Truckers will also be along for the ride on the Wheels of Soul tour. Can fans expect your two bands to combine forces onstage for some covers and or takes on each other’s music during the tour?MK: I definitely foresee that as a possibility with Drive-By Truckers because they have a very similar vibe to us. The first time I met their drummer [Brad Morgan], I was in high school in jazz band class and our teacher, Bruce Caldwell, he had this special guest come in that turned out to be the Drive By Trucker’s drummer. So it’s kind of like things have come full circle for us.L4LM: Your father, Marvin King, is quite the guitar hero himself. You’ve called him the “best guitar teacher anyone could ever have.” Is there any chance Marvin joins the band on stage for a few tunes anywhere on the Wheels of Soul tour?MK: It’s always a possibility. If and when Papa King ever wants to come out and hang, there’s always a spot for him if he feels like jamming. We always love it when my dad comes up and plays a few tunes with us.[Photo: Robert Forte]L4LM: The Wheels of Soul and As The Crow Flies tours are still months away. In the interim, the Marcus King Band will be out on the road. Can you talk a little about what plans the band has for the remainder of the winter, spring and the first half of 2018 in regard to tours or recording?MK: We actually will be doing our first-ever Jam Cruise in a few weeks, and I think there’s going to be a bevy of collaborations on that tour. Then, in early February we are going to be headed out to do some dates with Umphrey’s Mcgee, which all of us are extremely excited about. Whenever we listen to those guys play, we all end up wanting to go back into the shed and practice more because they always seem to push us in these really positive directions.That will then be followed by the band doing a run through France throughout most of March where we’ll basically be touring the entire country. Around this same time frame, we’ll also be going into the studio for a couple of weeks to try and wrap up our third studio album. We are hoping to release a single before the Wheels of Soul tour starts and we’re also hoping that the new album gets released sometime later this summer.L4LM: Final question, Marcus. Recently, in New York, you were asked what fans could expect on MKB’s French tour this spring. You were quoted as saying, “There’s going to be a lot of mustards on that tour.” Would you care to expand on that thought?MK: There are lot of us in this band that are very big fans of various mustards, cheeses and baguettes. France has always been really good to us in terms of providing us with quality mustards and cheeses so I think we’re all looking forward to that.For a full list of upcoming As The Crow Flies tour dates, head here.To get the low-down on this summer’s annual Tedeschi Trucks Band “Wheels of Soul” tour featuring Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band, head here.For a complete list of upcoming Marcus King Band shows, head to the band’s website.Contributing writer Robert Forte serves as the Managing Photography Editor at Rock Revolt Magazine, in addition to working as a freelance music writer and professional concert photographer. [Cover photo by Robert Forte (Instagram: @40_Photography)]last_img read more