AXS TV will air the season seven finale of “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Southern rock icon Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band sits down with Rather to discuss his prolific career as frontman for the South Carolina native band.
In a sneak peek video clip of Gray’s guest appearance, the renowned music artist talked about the awkward experience he and the group encountered when they performed fully dressed at a nudist music festival in Wisconsin.
“We knew it was for a nudist festival in Wisconsin, and it was the only one in the United States for that year,” Gray explained. “The guy was very proud, and he took me around. I wasn’t embarrassed, but they asked us if we would mind taking our clothes off. I said, ‘No, that’s not going to happen.”
Standing up and playing in front of the naked crowd had to have arguably been an unforgettable experience for multiple reasons. As bandleader, however, Gray knew he had to forge ahead and play the show.
“So, the only thing that I could say was, ‘This is not a very good day to tell you that we have merchandise and t-shirts over here for sale.’ That was the only thing I could think to come up with, said Gray. “You think of things on stage and you look at the people and they’re all sitting out there. I don’t care if you’re young or old, there are just certain things you don’t want to see. So, I stood there for 35 or 40 minutes trying to figure out what I could say to get those people excited, except I didn’t want them to get up out of their chairs.”
The Marshall Tucker Band is known for pioneering Southern rock/country rock in the 1970s. The group made music together for over 40 years. They broke onto the music landscape standing out for their blend of blues, jazz, and country that helped shape the genre. Their first hit from their self-titled debut album, “Can’t You See,” remains one of the band’s most memorable songs.
For seven years, the award-winning journalist has conducted informative, entertaining, and intimate conversations with some of the most famous musicians, actors, and celebrities in the world on AXS TV’s acclaimed original series “The Big Interview.”
Tune into the season seven finale of “The Big Interview” to hear Rather’s entire conversation with Doug Gray on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, only on AXS TV. Find AXS TV on your TV.