We enjoyed Sam Morrow’s latest album quite a lot here at AUK Towers – we called it “a full-fat slab of seventies-era, funky bar room country stomp, gutsy balladry and Southern Rock “ – and so it’s good news that following on from his successful January tour and showcase at this years Americana Fest UK, Morrow is back in the UK for his second run of 2019 – including festival shows at Red Rooster this weekend and Black Deer.
Morrow’s ‘Concrete and Mud’ is rooted in Texas twang, southern stomp, and old-school funky-tonk which for someone of just 28 years old, has found his footing as an artist at a relatively early age. The first single, ‘Quick Fix’ was described as “an infectious hook-laden stew of syncopated beats with bubbling clavinet, slinky guitars and doubled vocals” but with an undercurrent of classic country running throughout the mix.
The album “is about the fabric of America, and how the Mississippi is a metaphor for what binds very different people together,” says Morrow, whose record builds a similar bridge between opposing camps: country and rock & roll; the West Coast and the American South, concrete and mud. “The sentiment is,” he adds, “the things that unite us are stronger than the forces that divide us.”
Here are the dates:
31st May / 1st June – Red Rooster7th June – Music in The Hall/ Bewdley
9th June – Gullivers/ Manchester
11th June – Kitchen Garden Café/ Birmingham
13th June – The Bedford/ London/ Maverick Festival Launch
15th June – Cluny 2/ Newcastle
18th June – The Slaughtered Lamb/ London
19th June – Prince Albert/ Brighton
20th June – Little Country Smokehouse/ Kettering
21st/22nd June – Black Deer Festival
23rd June – Broadcast/ Glasgow
24th June – Louisiana/ Bristol (Riverfest)