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T. Hardy Morris – Painted On Attitude

by Woody on October 27, 2014

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T. Hardy Morris is back with this second solo effort. Known more as the lead singer of HearYa faves, Dead Confederate and a cog in the supergroup – Diamond Rugs. For the follow up to last year’s excellent The Audition Tapes, Morris drew upon two former songs in particular. “Share The Needle”, from Audition Tapes, and “Country Mile”, a song he’d contributed to Diamond Rugs’ self-titled debut. Each of those tracks featured a distinct push-and-pull dynamic that ended up bridging the gap between the quieter country leanings of Audition Tapes, and the more aggressive grunge of Morris’ other band Dead Confederate.

Great track that really has be me itching to hear some more. He’ll be on tour and I’m sure he’ll be down at SXSW. He’s always down at SXSW.

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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.

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Fresh off of releasing the excellent In The Marrow for his day job fronting Dead Confederate. T. Hardy Morris is getting ready to release his solo debut, The Audition Tapes on July 30th.

The album has a decidedly different sounds from Dead Confederate, but one that Morris sounds equally as comfortable with. His time spent with John McCauley and crew for Diamond Rugs seems to have really paid dividends. Here is some more info from the PR firm on a cool project that Morris is doing. One of the videos can be found below.

After Morris was finished writing and recording the songs on Audition Tapes, an album steeped in nostalgia, he became inspired by The Georgia Trust’s annual “Places In Peril” list – which seeks to identify and preserve historic sites threatened by demolition and neglect. Morris and filmmaker and photographer Jason Thrasher traveled to 10 historic sites throughout Georgia to film live performance videos of each song found on the Audition Tapes. Over the coming weeks T. Hardy Morris will release additional takeaway videos to draw attention to the Places in Peril list as we approach the July 30th release of his full-length album

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We’ve always maintained a positive approach here at HearYa. If we didn’t like, we just didn’t review it. But to give the full context behind this review, a little negativity must seep in. You see, I, along with everybody here at HearYa loved Dead Confederate’s self-titled EP and their debut LP, Wrecking Ball. Wrecking ball was a heavy tense affair that never gave you a minute to breath.

But their follow up, Sugar, really left me wanting. So with that in mind, my expectations for In The Mirror were moderate at best. My hopes were pinned to Hardy’s great work with Diamond Rugs and a solo set I had seen at a Deer Tick show. The first single, Vacations, sunk the hook in my mouth.

But it was the first track off of In The Marros, Slow Poison, that hauled me back on the boat. It had all the marks of what had drawn me to the band in the first place. A tense guitar lick courtesy of Walker Howle, dark brooding lyrics through Morris and a thumping rhythm section; all stretched out over seven minutes.

The album ends with a nice trio showing some growth and different approaches. Dead Poetry is fuzzy rocker that points the wheels forward and doesn’t veer. Big City Life reminds me of Big Country from Diamond Rugs album with its pedal steel. And the album wraps up with the ballad Winter Hours.

This is a great album, and at least for me, a strong return to form for the Athens bases quintet. They are touring with another fantastic band in Roadkill Ghost Choir in what is a must-see show.

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T. Hardy Morris – OK Corral [mp3]; new album out in July

May 2, 2013

Fresh off releasing an excellent album with Dead Confederate (review forthcoming), lead singer T. Hardy Morris is set to release his debut solo album – The Audition Tapes. The album will be out on July 30th on Dangerbird Records. Here’s some background info: His world-weary vocals rich with nostalgia and sympathy, songs like “Disaster Proof” […]

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Dead Confederate – Vacations [mp3] In The Marrow out on 4/16

April 4, 2013

Dead Confederate is back for their third album, In The Marrow, out on 4/16. We have their first track, Vacations, below. It sounds like the boys from Athens are getting back to the basics of their amazing debut, Wrecking Ball. We had the boys in for a session five years ago and it still remains […]

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Diamond Rugs – S/T Debut [Album Review]

April 24, 2012

Poor Mrs. McCauley. Raising John must have been some chore. Based on his musical career, I doubt he sat still for more than 10 minutes. Any time, he has more than a month to recuperate from Deer Tick albums and touring, he opts to gather friends, create a new band and crank out a new […]

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Top 50 Albums of 2008 [Picks 11-20]

December 18, 2008

HearYa and Internet Explorer were in a pissing match for most of the day yesterday. For those readers that use that glorious browser, you may have had some trouble reading yesterday’s post. We corrected the bug – my apologies. We’re back at it and almost done with our best albums of 2008. At the very […]

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The Best EP’s Of 2008

December 12, 2008

Here’s to the best shorties of the 2008! I’m really in love with this batch of albums and we’ve shown lots of love for all of these artists over the year. Joe Pug was the biggest surprise, arriving as a submission in the mail. The songwriting on Nation of Heat just flat out blew me […]

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HearYa Live Session 32: Dead Confederate

October 30, 2008

“These guys are kicking ass,” someone in the control room said.‚  As Dead Confederate segued from “Yer Circus” to “Goner,” my buddy Jefe commented aloud to no one in particular. It wasn’t a boastful announcement that was meant to fill some dead air. It was just a simple statement that wrapped up what we were […]

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