Gurf Morlix, Matthew Francis Andersen (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, May 28 2017, 7:30pm - $15 - Tickets

GURF MORLIX: Once, when asked by a promoter for a copy of his biography, Gurf Morlix responded with just two words, "legendary integrity." He would later admit that his response was perhaps a bit pompous, "but true," he added. "Well, half true anyway." The story is a telling one, demonstrating not only Morlix's directness, which is famous among his musical colleagues – or perhaps infamous, depending on who you ask - but also his dry sense of humor and no-bullshit approach to life, music, and the music business. 

Had he sent the promoter a more traditional bio, it likely would have noted that Gurf was born in Lackawanna, New York (near Buffalo), saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, formed a band (in which Peter Case made his stage debut), moved to Austin to escape the cold and play music, befriended Blaze Foley and a bunch of other Austin characters, moved to Los Angeles, worked for more than a decade as Lucinda Williams' guitarist, band-leader and backing vocalist, produced Lucinda's acclaimed Sweet Old World and eponymous albums, famously left Lucinda, toured with Warren Zevon, moved back to Austin, produced a number of classic Americana albums you likely own if you are any kind of Americana music fan, played on many more albums you probably own if you fall into that category, got inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, received the Americana Music Association's "Instrumentalist of the Year" award, went on to make seven critically acclaimed albums of his own, and then toured the world supporting them. He now continues to play live, produce albums for the artists that move him, and make his own albums. He even goes fishing ever once in a while. To read more, go to www.gurfmorlix.com

Thoughts on his latest "Eatin At Me":

"Gurf Morlix's “Eatin At Me” is a big hearted collection of beautiful songs that are driven by his trademark gut bucket meaty guitar playing and down-to-the-bone production style. Gurf's always been one of my musical heroes, and this record will deepen his legacy as a writer, singer, player and producer whose work reaches into the depths of what is true, what is real and what is important in American roots music. Bravo, well done, hurray!" - Mary Gauthier

“Eatin’ at Me” is very evocative. Layered with dust and desperation. Deep stuff... like a letter from an old lost friend. Gurf puts every ounce of his being into every album he makes." - Buddy Miller

Matthew Francis Andersen was born and raised in Chicago. But as a former walleye and musky fishing guide home has also been as far as northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. That's where Andersen's EP Blue Line takes you: from the local taverns and street lights, to the boat landings and rivers deep within the northwoods. Matthew Francis Andersen's writing shows you where this Midwesterner has been. Logging trucks and taxi cabs, game wardens and bar patrons live inside these songs. www.matthewfrancisandersen.com

Matthew Francis Andersen is a consummate craftsmen. His song "Blue Line" proves he has a poet's eye for detail, a trait that separates good writers from legions of hacks. - Caine O'Rear, Editor-In-Chief, American Songwriter Magazine

Matthew Francis Andersen's music is reminiscent of Steve Earle, John Prine, and Springsteen. He's a tremendous writer, bridging Chicago with the Northwoods. I really dig what he's doing. - Nick Digilio, WGN Radio, 720am, Chicago

 

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