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Gurf Morlix takes the road to "Happyland"

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 – Gurf Morlix is probably best known for his work with Lucinda Williams as a member of her band and producer. But he forged his own solo career as well. "Last Exit to Happyland" (Rootball), which comes out today, is his fifth album. Special guests include Patty Griffin, Ruthie Foster and Timbuk3's Barbara K.

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The Soul & The Heal CD review - The Soul & The Heal
Back in the '80s, Gurf Morlix turned his itinerant singer/songwriter/session ninja role into a 15-year gig with Lucinda Williams, playing guitar in her band and producing her third and fourth albums. After breaking with Williams over the endless production of "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," Morlix became an in-demand producer, manning the board for Robert Earl Keen, Mary Gautiher, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Ian McLagan, among many others. After nearly three decades of writing songs and »»»
Eatin' At Me CD review - Eatin' At Me
Even with nine solo albums to his credit - all released since 2000 - Gurf Morlix is best known as a sideman to the stars. As both a producer and session player, his credits have come to include works by such stellar luminaries as Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Ian McLagan, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Slaid Cleaves. Its little wonder; being proficient on guitar, bass, drums, banjo, harmonica, Dobro, pedal steel and mandolin has not only made him an invaluable part of many an instrumental arsenal, but »»»
Gurf Morlix Finds the Present Tense CD review - Gurf Morlix Finds the Present Tense
The title of Gurf Morlix's first album of new material in four years, "Finds the Present Tense," possesses the kind of duality that songwriters like Morlix seem to gravitate toward. Although it could be interpreted as Morlix discovering himself in the current moment, the cover shot of him, head down on a table in front of an archaic weapon consisting of a bundle of dynamite and an alarm clock detonator, would indicate an interpretation closer to Morlix finding that current moment »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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