One of the pioneering Southern rock bands, the Marshall Tucker Band formed in 1972 in South Carolina. Like their contemporaries the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band combined country, rock, blues, and jazz. Their sound was further distinguished by the presence of flute, and the guitar prowess of Toy Caldwell. Their self-titled debut appeared in ’73, and quickly went gold, as did most of their ‘70s releases, culminating in the platinum-selling CAROLINA DREAMS in ’77. The band underwent significant line-up changes in the ‘80s, but continued to tour and record regularly, releasing such albums as JUST US (’83), FACE DOWN IN THE BLUES (’98), and LOVE SONGS (2009).