T. Hardy Morris

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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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” and the stark album closer, “Own Worst Enemy,” find Morris chronicling a rich cast of characters devastated by drink, drugs, and depression, both personal and economic. “It’s largely about the hometown me and the other guys in Dead Confederate grew up in,” he says, “and the way a lot of the friends we had down there slipped away to their vices. Friends that dabbled and then couldn’t quit dabbling.”

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