Gurf Morlix To Release
The Soul & The Heal
Some of you may have not have heard of Gurf Morlix, but chances are, if you like the music on Listening Through The Lens, you will have heard him play or been treated to his classic production work.
For about a decade he played a pivotal role with Lucinda Williams – bandleader, guitarist, producer until their split during the making of her iconic Car Wheels On A Gravel Road album. (Luckily, we can still see them together via Williams’ Live From Austin TX ’89 DVD on New West Records). Morlix has also worked with Ian McLagan, Patty Griffin, Robert Earl Keen, Buddy Miller, Mary Gauthier, Tom Russell, Butch Hancock, Slaid Cleaves and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Plus, he is an Austin Music Hall of Fame member and an Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year winner.
With that talent and decorated history, comes his ninth solo release The Soul & The Heal out February 3 2017. On first listen, the album is raw and pared back, plenty of observations and emotions – ‘I’m Bruised, I’m Bleedin” being a case in point.
About The Soul & The Heal, Morlix says, “It is about the healing of the soul. The damage we do to ourselves and what we inflict on others. And hopefully, we recover.” Although the album was written prior, it seemed like a prophecy when Morlix suffered a heart attack. “The past records were darker, about friends who had died. Although The Soul & The Heal has somber moments, it definitely offers more hope and love,” claims Morlix.
Shortly after the release, Morlix heads out on February 19 on Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, a cruise which sails to Mexico and Honduras. The cruise (on which LTTL’s Rob Dickens has managed to get a berth and will be reporting back) features top artists including Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, Steve Earle and many more. The seven days of music, storytelling, jam sessions and fellowship are certain to be one of the musical highlights of 2017 and it will be fascinating to see Morlix in a setting with so many other artists. Morlix has select tour dates in November and December, and will also be on the road in 2017 in support of The Soul & the Heal.
Tour dates are below, and head to his official tour page for the latest updates.
As a taster, here’s a clip of an earlier Morlix song ‘She’s A River’:
Gurf Morlix Tour Dates:
November 25 Austin, TX Evangeline Café (with Bill Kirchen)
December 2 Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles Racquet Club
December 3 Baton Rouge, LA Red Dragon
February 3 Dallas, TX All Good Café –Record Release Show
February 19 Departs from Tampa, FL Cayamo Cruise
May 6 Hastings on Hudson Common Ground Community Concerts
May 18 Cambridge, MA Club Passim
May 19 Dover, NH Red & Shorty’s
May 21 Brick, NJ Rosie’s Cafe