Marcus King has been on a tear recently. The up-and-coming blues artist has been touring all over the country and in Europe as he continues to impress with his soulful vocals and genre-bending guitar playing. King has made tons of fans during his rise through the music world, but he received perhaps the ultimate compliment when Warren Haynes agreed to produce his new album.Haynes recently posted about King on Facebook, saying that, “Marcus is the first player I’ve heard since Derek Trucks to play with the maturity of a musician well beyond his age. He’s very much influenced by the blues, but also by jazz, rock, soul music, and any timeless genres of music. You can hear the influences, but it all comes through him in his own unique way. He has one of those voices that instantly draws you in, and his guitar playing is an extension of his voice and vice versa.”Extremely kind words from an icon like Warren, who is known for helping bring up-and-coming bands to the forefront. As King explains in the attached video, “I didn’t have many friends growing up, so I’d sit at home and play guitar for most of the day. I was in this really dark place, really hurting for a while. I don’t want people to feel alone, because I felt really alone – not having anywhere else to turn, except to music. If people can relate to that, then I’ve done my job.”19-Year-Old Marcus King Talks Family, Friends And The Future Of His Music [Interview]Check out the video that Haynes posted along with his nice words, which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album, with Haynes, King and his band in the studio. The Marcus King Band’s new record is now available for pre-order here.
Aug 31, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Egyptian authorities have reported two more H5N1 avian influenza cases, both in children, raising the country’s total for this year to 34, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Both patients have been treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and are in stable condition, the WHO said.One is a 14-year-old girl from Damitta governorate who fell ill on Aug 21 and was hospitalized 2 days later. The other patient is 2-year-old girl from Menofyia governorate. She became ill Aug 23 and was admitted to a fever hospital Aug 26, the agency said.The WHO said investigations indicated that both girls had contact with dead and/or sick poultry.Meanwhile, the Egypt-based Web site Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported that sampling triggered by the human case in Menofyia detected the virus yesterday in some household chickens. SAIDR said two other poultry outbreaks were also found yesterday, in Fayoum and Beheira governorates.Of the 34 human H5N1 cases in Egypt this year, 4 have been fatal. The country has had a total of 85 cases and 27 deaths since the avian flu virus arrived in 2006, according to the WHO.With the latest cases, the WHO’s global H5N1 count reached 440 cases with 262 deaths.See also:Aug 31 WHO report on Egypt H5N1 caseshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_08_31/en/index.html