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Take That Ride

R.B. Morris

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Album Review

Singer/songwriter R.B. Morris takes a strong step forward on this debut disc to take his share of the lead in what has been called the alternative country genre, although there's a fair amount of rockin' folk here. Morris wrote ten of the twelve songs, co-wrote one more, and does a smash-up version of Robert Mitchum's "The Ballad of Thunder Road." His band is solid behind him, especially the sparkling guitar work of Kenny Vaughan. Morris does a duet with John Prine on "Roy," which cops its melody from one of Prine's own songs, but it is well done. In addition, Al Kooper plays organ on a few songs, and the last cut is a bluegrass/country gospel tune on which Lucinda Williams sings backup. This is a good album with well-written, insightful songs, very good singing, and a sharp backing band that plays with élan at all times.

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R. B. Morris

Knoxville's the kind of city that you could take for what's on the surface, but it's favorite son, heir to James Agee and Richard Brautigan, R. B., is testament to the depth of the East Tennessee soul. One of the things I miss most about living Knoxville was catching him in concert with the Irregulars at Manhattan's in the Old City, or just solo at Market Square. The man is deep and very very Beat, but he never loses the self-deprecating sense of humor that reaches its art form in this part of Appalachia.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A onetime poet and playwright, singer-songwriter R.B. Morris was among the most literate composers to emerge from the alternative country community of the 1990s. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, he was raised on old-time music, but through an older brother was later introduced to Beat literature, poetry, drama and the work of Bob Dylan. During his first honky-tonk performances, Morris was backed by string bands, but as time wore on, his music began flirting more and more with rock; after touring...
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