Morlix goes for "The Soul & The Heat"
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
– Gurf Morlix announced today he will release a new album in February 2017.
"The Soul & The Heal" drops Feb. 3, 2017. The album kicks off with the raw, guttural feel of the first track "Deeper Down." The blues chord progressions continue throughout the album. "Bad Things" mines Delta blues.
"It is about the healing of the soul," Morlix said of the album. "The damage we do to ourselves and what we inflict on others. And hopefully, we recover."
Although the album was written prior, it seemed like a prophecy when Morlix suffered a heart attack. "The past records were darker, about friends who had died. Although 'The Soul & The Heal' has somber moments, it definitely offers more hope and love," said Morlix.
Morlix was Lucinda Williams' guitarist and band leader, an Austin Music Hall of Fame member and an Americana Music Association "Instrumentalist of the Year" winner.
Morlix heads out on Feb. 19 on Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, a cruise which sails to Mexico and Honduras. The cruise features Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlisle, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson and Steve Earle.
Tour dates are:
Nov. 25 Austin, TX Evangeline Café (with Bill Kirchen)
Dec. 2 Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles Racquet Club
Dec. 3 Baton Rouge, LA Red Dragon
Feb. 3 Dallas, TX All Good Café -Record Release Shop
Feb. 19 Departs from Tampa, FL Cayamo Cruise
May 6 Hastings on Hudson Common Ground Community Concerts
May 18 Cambridge, MA Club Passim
May 19 Dover, NH Red & Shorty's
May 21 Brick, NJ Rosie's Cafe
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