"Musicians and singers always stand on the musical shoulders of those that came before them. This is a good thing, but it also comes with a warning: Don't try to be them. Be yourself and live your own adventure." Barry Morrison Interview The Advocate-Messenger, 1990
The word is that the award-winning Kentucky singer-songwriter Barry Morrison will not be performing for the remainder of 2013 and, perhaps, into 2014. A back injury has sidelined the singer whose most recent release "The End of The Line" has been at, or near the top, of the Regional Singer-Songwriter Charts for most of 2013..
Country Music News Updates November 29, 2013
"My life has always been about doing what I've loved and, at the same time, hated. Music is a healer and, at the same time, a blood sport. It's dancing at the edge of a cliff knowing that, sooner or later, you'll fall off the edge". Barry Morrison Interview Country Music Review, 1991
Barry Morrison augments a great baritone voice with a very simplistic, and seemingly effortless approach, to playing a rhythmically wicked version of telecaster guitar.
"Music is a healer. No matter what you're going through, physically or emotionally, music is a place to forget, to lose yourself; a place to rest."
A quote taken from a blogger interview/article with Kentucky singer-songwriter Barry Morrison in 2011 -Radio Submit
"I've never felt comfortable co-writing. I usually write about things I'm currently experiencing or things I've experienced in the past. The songwriting process of sifting through those feelings, and arriving at the truth with your lyrics, usually takes time. That time factor doesn't lend itself to collaboration with another writer. Rule #1: Keep it simple. Be honest. Tell what happened and how you felt at the time. When a song is grounded in honesty, people relate to it and take something away from the listening experience." Taken from a Radio Submit Article
Barry Morrison came to Nashville's Douglas Corner Cafe' last night to do what he's done off and on for more than forty years; sing his songs. A young musician sitting next to me whispered, when he saw him, "They say that guy could have been somebody. He sings great but, man, you'd have to say he failed. I don't want to end up like him." He should be so lucky... If pressed, Morrison would readily tell you he could care less what people think of his "legacy" or even if he has one. He may leave no legacy behind. Who can know? The followers of country music, if they know of Morrison at all (his fan base worldwide is estimated at only 40,000-80,000) might say that long ago he threw away any chance of being remembered. The Nashville system was never his cup of tea and the sameness of commercial country music less than that. He went his own way, never sought validation from the country music industry and shows no signs of regretting it. A failure? I'm sure he's aware of his many personal failures that affected what was, early on, a promising career. If he's forgotten them, a few music writers have reminded him throughout the years. Is he a tragedy? Southern novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." Morrison may be a hero to some of us but, hero or not, this blog isn't about tragedy. Last night I sensed Morrison's awareness that he's close to the end of things; his real successes were long ago. Regardless, Barry Morrison came to do, and did, what he's done thousands of times in thousands of places. As I took it all in, and listened to the soulfulness of this aging singer's voice, a famous quotation came to mind that expresses what I felt about him at that moment; and it goes like this: "There is something distinguished about even his failures; they sink not trivially but with a certain majesty; like a great ship, it's flags flying, full of holes." Before the night was over, I had to admit the young musician sitting next to me was absolutely right about one thing: Barry Morrison sang great.... A.S.W., June 12, 2013 Radio Submit Blog
Forty-two years after "Snakey Hollow Stud" roared across the small market country radio stations of the southeastern United States, and Barry Morrison was deemed too "off the edge" for the Nashville crowd, his life has changed considerably. The man who sang of the high and the low and who, long-haired and sweat-soaked, glared from the stage as he sang of the wild times he lived and of life's tragedy, seems almost mellow. I'd say mellow with an "edge." These days he's more likely to be called "Pop Pop" than wild. Morrison's current release "The End of The Line" could be biographical. It tells the story of an aging country singer who, although close to the end of his career, can still "sing it and bring it and bring it some more." In an on-again, off-again career spanning forty-three years, there has always been the one constant...Morrison could, and still can, sing it and bring it. -Radio Submit-
Barry Morrison's approach to music isn't difficult or complicated to understand; it's memorable. Although he's had some small part of the radio success that all singers crave, his world of music is so much more than a song's latest chart number. -Radio Submit-
The Douglas Corner cafe' is a charming, and legendary world-class music venue, in Nashville, Tennessee, where aspiring and well-established singer-songwriters are invited to perform for music savvy audiences. Next Tuesday night, Barry Morrison will step onto the stage, as well as others, to perform his country anthems for an appreciative audience. Morrison, whose "The End of The Line" is currently ranked #1 on Regional Singer-Songwriter Charts, is riding a win streak into town. "The End of The Line" the third number one of Morrison's 40+ year on-again off-again career, has breathed new life into his performance schedule. In a music industry geared toward cowboy hats, tight jeans and youth, it's good to see talent win out once in awhile. -Radio Submit-