Gurf Morlix plans new CD
Thursday, November 6, 2008
– Guitar ace Gurf Morlix, who has worked as producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for the likes of Lucinda Williams and Warren Zevon, is getting set to release his own fifth album, "Last Exit to Happyland," on the Rootball Records label on Feb. 17, 2009.
Prior to embarking on his own career, Morlix was best-known for his 11-year creative partnership with Williams as her guitarist, band leader and backing vocalist on two of her classic albums, "Lucinda Williams" and "Sweet Old World." His production work with Williams led him to produce multiple recordings for Ray Wylie Hubbard (four albums), Slaid Cleaves (three albums and an EP, with a fourth about to be released), and two apiece by Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier, as well as discs by Tom Russell, Ian McLagan, Butch Hancock Hot Club of Cowtown, the Setters (Alajandro Escovedo, Michael Hall and Walter Salas-Humara) and others.
Special guests on the new CD include Griffin, Ruthie Foster and Timbuk3's Barbara K.
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