8:00 PM, Doors at 7:30 PM
“Morlix’s music mines the seam where roadhouse rock, Southern soul, and mountain music share a common source. . . . The emotional investment he makes in the material has the insistence of a fever dream.” —Don Mcleese, No Depression
Visiting planet Gurf has always been an enlightening experience. Over the past 40 years, Gurf Morlix has provided us with countless indelible musical moments including his exemplary guitar and production work with Lucinda Williams; his instrumental accompaniment to artists ranging from Blaze Foley to Warren Zevon; his production of watermark albums for artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier – and, since 2000, a series of eight solo records that have a singular worldview and can be both harrowing and heartening, often at the same time.
Gurf Morlix’s ninth album, “The Soul and The Heal,” is another chapter in a songbook that pithily relates the human condition, and Morlix’s signatures are still present on this masterstroke – lyrics that don’t waste a syllable, instrumentation without a spare note. Morlix comes by his musical minimalism naturally: “It’s the way my brain is wired. I like to hear everything clearly.” It’s a solitary sound, different from the sonics he brought to his outside productions – but, as always, it’s anchored by Morlix’s sinewy, expressive guitar.
Well-known and well-loved songwriter Blackie Farrell will open the show.