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Cory Morrow

Full Exposure Live – 2003 (Write On)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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During the introduction to "Light On The Stage (Sing With Me)," Cory Morrow explains, "It's not a Cyndi Lauper tune, but it does the same trick." And this 'trick' he's talking about, is giving his live concert audience a chance to have fun, which is what most concert-goers really want, after all.

A DVD of this show is also included with the package, and the video images are mostly low-tech with audience shots and Morrow (who sure sticks out his tongue a lot) mugging for the camera. Morrow undoubtedly knows how to have fun. Why else would he place the songs "Beer" and "Big City Stripper" back-to-back at the end of the album?

Nevertheless, Texas singer/songwriters like Morrow are just as likely to cry in their beer as they are to party, which is probably why the Nashville indictment of Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" (done as a duet with Pat Green) is covered here. That's because Hank alternated between being so lonesome he could cry as well as honky tonkin', whenever he was making his music. Morrow may love his beer, but he can also be found "Drinkin' Alone" sometimes and also suffering through the kind of hard road life expressed with "21 Days."

This live document brings out the best in Morrow's music, since he's the kind of guy that clearly loves being out in front of an audience and because a recording studio is probably not the first place he chooses to go to, whenever he just wants to have a little fun. (Cory Morrow, P.O. Box 50139, Austin, TX 78763 )