Barry Morrison / Blog

Country Music, Not "Pop" Music

"My music couldn't go "pop" if you strapped a bomb to me, Morrison says. Pop music is, for me, a more superficial music; teenager music. There isn't anything wrong with that at all, it just isn't who I am. The music I'll sing later tonight, at the Iron Horse Club, comes naturally to me and paints pictures of desperation, adultery, addiction, hard drinking, hard living, hard times and redemption. The best country singers sing about what they know and what they've lived."

Barry Morrison Interview Red Bluff Daily News, 1971

No Band, Just One Man

Liquor by the drink has just been introduced in Memphis and one man, Barry Morrison with only a guitar, holds court and versus the world six nights a week at the Black Lion Lounge. Completely alone, he has no other option but to deliver the goods; and he does! Other than Beale Street, Morrison and Charlie Rich are the only shows in town.

Memphis Beat August, 1970

Singer Points To Too Little Justice

"If you're going to be an outlaw, be an outlaw for justice. There is too little of it."

Excerpt from Barry Morrison "After Dark" Interview, 1971

Performer An Enigma

After more than forty-three years of playing his own style of music in his own way, and also breathing new life into the songs he covers, he's a sixty-four year old enigma. His name is Barry Morrison and his fans are few by any estimation; fewer than 35,000 worldwide. But, given a listen, his music gets under your skin. Once his music is embedded there, it become organic and you're haunted by his deep voice, the darkness of him, the loneliness of him, the goodness of him and the danger of him. When you see Morrison onstage and, if you're a wannabe musician, "you want to be him." You want to be this "old guy." He's been there, paid the price and all you want is to experience the end result without the journey that came before. The word is out around the listening rooms in Nashville, that he's close to the end of live performing due to health issues. I hope not. Morrison is a throwback to a bygone bad-ass era in music. He comes to us now in the person of a reformed, redeemed and wiser man; a man (albeit on a limited basis) of substantial musical significance.

Blog article Jeremy Levin Nashville, Tennessee

Singer Lives His Own Adventure

"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

Singer Sidelined for The Remainder of 2013

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

Singer Dances On the Edge

"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

Morrison's Guitar Style Is Simple and Wicked

Barry Morrison augments a great baritone voice with a very simplistic and seemingly effortless approach to playing a rhythmically wicked version of telecaster guitar.

Radio Submit

Music Is A "Healer" for Musician

"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

Songwriter Barry Morrison Talks About His Craft

"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