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Gurf Morlix plays with the greats

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Austin songwriter Gurf Morlix has an impressive musical résumé. Morlix, who plays the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 17, has played on and/or produced  CDs for people like Ray Bonneville, Scott Nolan, Spirit of the West’s Linda McRae, Romi Mayes Ray Wylie Hubbard, Lucinda Williams (who he played guitar for in her band for many years), Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier and Robert Earl Keen. And that’s just a few of them.
For now he’s looking forward to being back in Canada for several shows with Sam Baker, including a show, Feb. 17 at the Geomatic Attic.
“I’m looking forward to  being there because of the people there,” said the Buffalo born musician from his home in Austin, where he was looking forward to escaping from freezing 45 degree Fahrenheit weather.Gurf Morlix plays the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 17.
“I love playing up there. The audiences there remind me of Texas audiences, they appreciate all kinds of music as long as it is organic and real” said Morlix who was  playing Alberta last summer at a couple folk festivals and working with a lot of canadian musicians.
“I spend my summers in Canada. I spend so much time in Canada I consider myself to be  part Canadian. I love it there,” he said.
“I’m interested in working with anyone who’s music is real and organic,” he said adding word of mouth helps him contact all of the great musicians he’s worked with.
“I’ve been really fortunate to work with a lot of really great musicians like Ray Wylie Hubbard and Mary Gauthier. It’s been really good,” he said.
“Ray Wylie Hubbard  is the greatest. You can tell what kind of guy he is  by his lyrics. He is friendly and smart . And he’s fun to be around,” Morlix enthused adding, Hubbard has a new CD out, though he wasn’t asked to play on it.
Morlix’s sedate slide guitar work  stands out  on all of the recording he plays on.
“I use  a standard tuning which some people find limiting so it forces me to play simpler. Most people use open tunings,” he observed.
“So I guess it does have a signature sound based on it’s limitations,” he said.
“I think a producer is there to work with the artist and get the best recording possible from them. But the song has to be there already and the voice has to be there to deliver it,” he observed.
“I never liked the idea of the omnipotent producer,” he said, adding he found out about Romi Mayes through a phone call from Dan Walsh.
“He suggested I listen to her and I ended up going up to Winnipeg to record her CD ‘Sweet Something Steady,’ then  I ended up going back again for “Achin’ in Her Bones.’”
Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 14:03 ) Read more...

Zolas and We are the City blast Henotic with waves of sonic ambience

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We are the City joined the Zolas on stage, Feb. 3. Photo by Richard AmeryThe Zolas, with their organ powered ’60s rock sound were excellent, Feb. 3 at Henotic.

They reflected  the sounds of the Who and  the Kinks while touching on a few modern influences like Incubus.

They had a lot of energy and  excellent vocal melodies as well as catchy hooks.

Openers We Are the City , who dominated both levels of Henotic with waves of shrieking ambiance and feedback during their set, joined the Zolas on stage during their last number, adding additional vocals, percussion and a lot of drums.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 21:08 )

Grabow back in town

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Mike Grabow and Ben Brown. Photo by Richard Amery Singer songwriter Mike Grabow was back in Lethbridge for a packed show at Mood with the Ben Brown Trio, Feb. 6. Grabow, back in Lethbridge after a few months in Mexico,  joined the Ben Brown Trio on stage for a version of Collective Soul’s ‘Shine.’ 

Then did a solo set of own material backed by a band.

Ben Brown did a pretty cool version of ‘Careless Whisper’ and Collective Soul’s ‘Gell’ as well as a couple slower originals.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 21:07 )

Papa King and Darryl Düus born to boogie

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Darryl Düus and Papa King ended their first set with an electrifying version of blues classic of ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ which was a lot more up tempo, though something is lacking without their drummer former drummer.

The two bluesmen aptly named themselves theDarryl Düus and Papa King. Photo by Richard Amery ‘Boogie Brothers,’ were both seated and playing.

Papa King was playing some sweet acoustic guitar and singing like Dr. John.

Düus was dancing in his seat whole playing scorching leads through several originals and blues standards including ‘Baby Please Don’t Go.’ and pretty cool version of Johnny Johnson’s  ‘That’ll Work.’

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 21:03 )

Bridgette a born frontwoman for the Living Luca

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Local rock band The Living Luca, a revamped version of popular rock band NSR had an enthusiastic crowd at Henotic, Feb. 5. It was an even bigger crowd than  the Plaid Tongued Devils playing downstairs, as the Living Luca were playing a packed GCBC Lounge.Bridgette Yarwood and  Ivan DeReina of the Living Luca. Photo by Richard Amery

 Singer Bridgette Yarwood  showed she continues to be a born frontwoman, smiling and chatting with the audience in between dancing all over the stage and belting out uptempo modern rock with those golden pipes of hers.

She showed immense vocal range and didn’t miss a note, proving  she was born to be on stage.

Her band, including brother Brendon on drums who was equally engaging with the crowd as well as new guitarist Ivan DeReina and bassist Mason Schaffer played together like seasoned pros instead of a band who were playing together for just three weeks (as Schaffer only joined three weeks ago.)

They played several old NSR songs as well as some new originals. Excellent.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 21:05 )
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