Title - 'Dockside Saints'
Artist - Cary Morin
For those not in the know, Colorado-based singer and songwriter, Cary Morin has been described as acoustic Native Americana Fingerstyle Blues; with strong qualities of jam, reggae, jazz, blues, bluegrass and dance.
Indeed, Tim Duffy, president of Music maker Relief Foundation, describes Morin as a “... brilliant guitarist, heartfelt songwriter and soulful singer whose music gives us pause to reflect on life’s great rewards,” and I personally couldn't agree more.
On his brand new album, Dockside Saints (due out August 7th, 2020), Morin brought on board multi-Grammy winning producer/engineer, Tony Daigle, whilst leaving the mastering to Jim Demain at Yes Master in Nashville, TN.
These 12 powerful tracks - which were recorded at Dockside Studio in Maurice, LA. April 2019 - actually came about in 2018, at the urging of a friend of his from Lafayette, LA.
He thought that Morin's Piedmont blues style of songwriting and guitar playing was a good fit for the rhythms and sounds of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music.
And after a tour of the infamous Dockside Studios, introduced him to the aforementioned Daigle, and with the subsequent help of local drummer, Dave Nezat, they began to assemble an all-star cast of Lafayette area musical heroes.
The lure of working with such an illustrious and talented group in this multi-award winning Louisiana studio was obviously too good to resist for Morin went home from that tour and began to write a collection of songs, specifically for this project.
He returned in April of 2019 to spend one solid week with Tony and the guys, laying down all of the foundational tracks and over the past months have subsequently added various instrumentation and harmony vocals.
1. 'Nobody Gotta Know'
2. 'Exception to the Rule'
4. 'Because He Told Me So'
6. 'Jamie Rae'
7. 'Bare Trees'
8. 'Valley of the Chiefs'
9. 'Chosen Road'
10. 'Cary's Groove'
11. 'Blue Delta Home'
12. 'Come the Rain'
This vibrantly authentic album - which also features Lee Allen Zeno (bass), Brian Brignac (drums), Corey Ledet (guitar), John Fohl (guitar), Beau Thomas (guitar), Eric Adcock (piano), Keith Blair (guitar), and Celeste Di Iorio (vocals) - kicks things off in fine style with the funky jam of 'Nobody Gotta Know,' and backs that up with the low slung Americana folk of 'Exception to the Rule,' with Morin's deft fingerpicking guitar blues style coming immediately to the fore on 'Prisoner.'
The abundantly ornate ballad 'Because He Told Me So' is up next and is followed by the preciseness of the artful 'Tonight,' the rambunctious nature of the guitar-led 'Jamie Rae,' and then both the laid back, lush wonderment of 'Bare Trees' and the mid-tempo, train on the tracks vibe of 'Valley of the Chiefs.'
This genuinely heartfelt, deeply woven Americana, blues and folk album then rounds out with the achingly expansive 'Chosen Road,' the upbeat, foot-tappin' tones of 'Cary's Groove,' coming to a close on the dulcet, gilded beauty of 'Blue Delta Home,' before ending on the encouragingly buoyant 'Come the Rain.'
"The ancient Native culture of the South has been an inspiration as it relates to our travels and what has become an annual pilgrimage to the Mississippi Valley," Morin explains.
"This collection of songs represents our annual migration, just as my ancestors migrated from this region to the Western Plains so many centuries ago; sharing culture through music and more along the way. It is the product of our imagination of what was, and what has become our love of the sounds of the south."
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