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A Rock/Pop band from Sacramento, California lead by Singer/Songwriter/Pianist/guitarist/Drummer Todd Morgan. Started back in 2007, as a strictly '50's cover band, in recent years have vastly expanded into new and original territory.
"To hear Todd Morgan is, in many ways, to take a musical trip back to the cradle of rock 'n roll, to mnuemonically return to Memphis '54, the seminal Sun Recordings Studios, that karmic Mecca of creative audiophonics where a misfit Mississippi white boy, influenced by hillbilly redneck bluegrass and black rhythm & blues, first fused rural poverty's ex-plantation primitive "hollers" and hillbilly's down-home plaintive "high lonesome sound" into a new hip, hybrid musical form - guttural wail "White Negro" angst and amped guitar wattage that revolutionized American culture.
Make no mistake - Todd Morgan is not an Elvis impersonator or mere (and often trite) "tribute" artist to past rock pioneers. He wisely makes no attempt to vocally mimic the"down home Delta" or Mississippi-to-Memphis" musical dialects of earlier artists. Comfortable in his own skin and musical sound, he happily employs his own fine, tenor voice - aided by an impeccable ear and killer instrumentals - to capture the essence of the founding artists in that early, highly-innovative era of nascent, eclectic, rock 'n roll.He simply "gets it," as though being a musical empath who, in taking some personal mystical path back through the creative past of popular music, has picked up (or more property, absorbed) the entirety - including the very nuance - of each artist's signature styles, until, upon return, he is magically, uniquely, able to recreate the original sound."
" Morgan and his backing trio of accompanists, the Emblems, manage to route from pop music's disparate roots, the sounds and styles of almost every major artist who has impacted America's rhythmic audible culture (including those of an invasive "Fab Four" who backwashed to American shores, a mod version of rock 'n roll's authentic sound - discarded by corporate radio playlist minions in the early 60s - to thus move pop music in yet a further(r)evolutionalr direction.) In so doing, this tight, bright, 4-piece band, brings elements and traces of too many artists to recount, including Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Elton John, and in Morgan's music and rocking movements, no small influence of the iconic master of performance rock terpsichore, Michael Jackson. Make note: Morgan has the chops, the musicality, and the moves to make his introductory hour upon the stage, a memorably appealing one for audiences of all ages.
Lastly, there is the refreshing fact that Todd Morgan and the Emblems, is on its way toward successfully adding to the hallowed list of heralded artists their own unique contemporary contributions."
A complete version of this bio, by Will Ruha, will soon be located on the band's official website.