He was born in Buffalo, and raised in Texas, but the Buffalo roots run deep for him, as evidenced in the song, Dirty Old Buffalo, the lead track on his album “Eatin’ At Me”.
He is a songwriter’s songwriter; a Texas songwriter.
He has worked with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mary Gauthier and Robert Earl Keen, among others, as a producer, and he has played on recordings with many more artists, including the great Warren Zevon.
He worked with Lucinda Williams for a number of years, producing a couple of her early records and leading her band, but since 2000 he has been releasing a steady stream of solo records, 8 in total.
February 3, his latest album drops. It’s called “The Soul and The Heal”.
The record is something of a new direction for Gurf Morlix. The minimalist style is the same as it ever was, and the production values remain as high as they ever were, but there is a positivity in the lyrics which was not so obvious in previous albums.
Tracks such as “Love Remains Unbroken” and “Move Someone” are perfect examples of this. Or maybe this is not new at all. Perhaps this is just another way of speaking the truth through song … saying what he means, and meaning what he says. Certainly the bite is still there in songs such as “My Chainsaw“.
One way or another, it is another fine, fine recording from Mr. Morlix, and I’m given to hoping that perhaps this will be the one which brings Gurf and his music to the attention of a much wider audience.
We’ve included a video of one of Gurf’s older songs … of course it’s a great song! Enjoy, and don’t forget to buy the records … it matters.