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Frank Morey


Country of origin:

U.S.A.

Type of music generally:

Blues with a folk twist

Status:

Most recent release, Made in USA (with Scott Pittman & Andrew Bergmann, 2006)

See also:

Frank Morey's Facebook page

CD Baby's Frank Morey page

Comparisons:

Steve Earle, Tom Waits

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Frank Morey's songs seem instantly familiar in a good way. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Any

Recordings:

  • Bourbonsoaked Halo (1999)
  • Father John's Medicine (2000)
  • Cold in Hand (2002)
  • The Delmark Sessions (with Scott Pittman and Joe Faria, 2002)
  • Made in USA (with Scott Pittman & Andrew Bergmann, 2006)

Cold in Hand

Release info:

2002—Indigo

Availability:

See Frank Morey's site or CD Baby

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Frank Morey—vocals, guitar, harmonica

Guest artists:

Peter Linnane—pump organ
Scott Pittman—the "traps" kit, bass vocal
Brian Mac—trumpet,vocals
Joe "Tub" Faria—bass

Produced by:

Frank Morey, Peter Linnane, Scott Pittman

Comments:

I really like this record. Frank Morey writes accessible, slightly wordy songs that tell stories in a nice way. He has a deep, world-weary voice that suits the material. His band is very good at playing this kind of music. "Slick and Mary Lou" is a very well told tale. "Bad Like Jesse James" may use the usual outlaw myths, but it's done so well that I really don't mind. "Bumb Shimmy" is a fun bar room romp. The sad "Junkietown" is a great song. Here, Morey's talent for describing the seedier side of life comes to the surface. It's a gritty, likeable cd in all. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Made in USA

with Scott Pittman & Andrew Bergmann

Release info:

2006

Availability:

See Frank Morey's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Frank Morey—voice, guitar, harmonica

Guest artists:

Scott Pittman—drums, percussion, vocals
Andrew Bergmann—upright bass
Pam Murray—trombone
Bryan MacAuslan—trumpt
Peter Linnane—accordion, organs, keyboards
Eileen Rose—vocal (10)

Comments:

Frank Morey serves up more of what made Cold in Hand so compelling. His voice is still raspy and his gritty narratives are still on top form. "Must be hard (to be so pretty)" rocks hard and Morey's delivery is great. "Standing on a corner (love song)" is a song Tom Waits would be proud to call his own. "I stopped loving you today" does a good Country tearjerker bit. "North Atlantic line" is a duet with the gifted Eileen Rose in a softer style. It serves to remind us how great Morey is at varying the formula. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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