Gurf Morlix returns to Poplar Playhouse on April 6. Suggested donation $20. www.gurfmorlix.com
Tempting as it may be, don't just judge Gurf Morlix by the company he keeps, even if it does provide a fine starting point: eminent musical artists like Lucinda Williams, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Warren Zevon, Ian McLagan, Patty Griffin, Robert Earl Keen, Michael Penn, Buddy Miller, Mary Gauthier, Tom Russell, Jim Lauderdale and Slaid Cleaves, to name but a few. Instead, listen to Last Exit to Happyland, his fifth solo album, and understand why his blue-ribbon associations as a producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist have led Morlix to a similar level of excellence as a singer, songwriter and artist in his own right.
As critic Henry Cabot Beck notes on Amazon.com, "If anybody is still looking for a candidate to replace Robbie Robertson in The Band, look no further. Morlix can write, sing, produce, and play nearly every instrument (mostly stringed) and has a bottomless (albeit muddy) range of American musical idioms from which to draw." Through more than four decades of professional music endeavors, Morlix has distinguished himself with his innate musicality, exquisite taste, keen creative instincts, and well-honed ear for not only songwriting but also the elements that bring songs to their fullest fruition.
After 4 years, Gurf finally releases an album of new songs. It's called Gurf Morlix Finds the Present Tense. The release date is March 5, 2013. Ten new songs of desperation and desire, done in Gurf's inimitable, honest style. Gurf took two years off from releasing his own songs to tour in support of his most recent record, Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream, which consisted of songs written by Gurf's late friend, Blaze Foley. "It was something I needed to do," says Gurf. "Blaze never got the recognition he wanted, and I wanted to help get his songs out there to some more people." He kept writing his own songs through those 2 years, though, and this new release is the result - Organic music. Handcrafted music. Music that means something. Music with integrity.