I have been spinning this album for well over a month now and my appreciation for Morris is at an all-time high. I consider myself an avid fan of Dead Confederate and Diamond Rugs, and have gone back through both catalogs since obtaining The Audition Tapes. I have come to the conclusion that I have been undervaluing Morris.
Audition Tapes is a nice change up from the Dead Confederate sound. Morris picked up a case of the Twangs after spending some time with John McCauley during the Diamond Rugs recording. The opener, Lucky, sounds like something you would find off a Deer Tick album. The 2nd track Disaster Proof sees Morris revert to his Dead Confederate sound, albeit considerably more dialed down. I first heard the title track when I saw Morris opening up for Patterson Hood’s tour earlier this year. He had Thayer Sarrano on piano and the song was haunting. I found myself singing it for a month or so after without really remembering where I heard it.
During that show, I saw Patterson Hood watching Morris’ like a proud papa. I love it when you see another musician completely dialed into another’s live show. And when you have Patteson commenting on a blog post, you have to feel good about what you’re doing. And well he should, The Audition Tapes is a great album.