Track Premiere: Sam Morrow “Gettin’ By On Gettin’ Down”

Today’s Track Premiere ‘Gettin’ by on Gettin’ Down‘ is the title track of Sam Morrow’s new album, which is slated for release on 30th October on Forty Below Records.  It’s an album that sees Morrow taking a somewhat different direction, toning down his country roots – although they’re still clearly there in the mix – and pushing his rawer rock side to a higher level than before. 

As the Texan turned Los Angelino explains “My favourite rock & roll is the stuff that has groove to it.  I want to make music like that – funky, layered rock where it’s not just the songwriting that’s important, but the presentation, too.”  Whether that means taking on the glitter and feather boas of Marc Bolan we’ll have to wait to discover, but Morrow acknowledges the crunching electric boogie of T.Rex on the song  ‘Gettin’ by on Gettin’ Down.

Sam Morrow also regards the new album as an exploration of the experiences gained from touring widely, bringing a refreshed viewpoint to his songwriting.  As he explains: “I’m taking my own flaws, and flaws we have socially, and poking fun of them a bit.  I’ve been known to have songs that are really serious and grim, but that’s not exactly who I am. I’ve just always had an aversion to doing what everyone else is doing. It’s this punk rock attitude, where if you tell me I’m supposed to do something specific, I’m gonna do something else. Maybe that’s a character defect…but it is what it is.”

Photo: Christine Soloman

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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