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LA based act, Houston Texas native, 27 year-old Sam Morrow comes out the chute in determined and, exciting fashion as he lays down one gritty track after another. Powered on by a set of players who are really into his music Morrow revisits country music of the 1970s; Outlaw country that is. Feisty as hints of Waylon Jennings (and one or two other heavyweights of the time) sneak through every now and again. Such the freedom expressed by Morrow’s lyrics, and when given a snappy rhythm and stirring electric guitar primed production he cooks up a potent brew. 

The term a breath of fresh air came to mind the first time I gave Concrete And Mud a spin, the album like his previous albums Ephemeral and There Is No Map was produced by Eric Corne. He has fellow fledgling recording act Jamie Wyatt join him on the pedal steel (Jay Dee Maness) and slick, country lead (chicken picked) lead guitar fuelled “Skinny Elvis”.  While he utilises some ever so sweet fiddle and dobro as he speaks of hearing them call his name on stout and study ballad “Mississippi River” (as he takes the good with the bad in a land of contradiction).   

His performance on “Quick Fix” alone is enough to bend the ear of the listener, and at the same time give heart to seasoned music afficianados to believe there is hope for the future of this music, and in the likes of another well fashioned, and this time quicker (give it a little edge and it is typical Waylon and co of the 1970s as they blasted through honky tonks, travelled the road, and life in general with their foot set firmly against the metal) “Good Ole Days” as he stirs up a rukus.  

Morrow isn’t afraid of laying open his heart as he slows the tempo, and gives time for reflection on smouldering ballad “Weight Of A Stone”; while and with a sound those in the British Isles have heard via Ags Connolly “Coming Home” prises open the heart of one and all. Top class! Another worthy of a mention is restless ballad, “Cigarettes” as he speaks having another monkey on his back as he struggles to gain control of his life. A familiar story, and through his honest deliver the song sticks.

          Maurice Hope

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April 2018

Courtney Marie Andrews
100 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
Mary Gauthier
59 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
Caleb Caudle
49 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
Western Centuries
48 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
Vivian Leva
44 pts.
Time is Everything
Free Dirt Records
Ed Romanoff
42 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
Grant Peeples
41 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Joan Baez
32 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
29 pts.
Texas, etc...
Sam Morrow
29 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
Chris Smither
27 pts.
Call Me Lucky
Signature Sounds
Michael McDermott
26 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
John Prine
24 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
Mary Chapin Carpenter
23 pts.
Sometimes Just The Sky
Lambent Light Records
Dean Owens
22 pts.
Southern Wind
At The Helm
6 String Drag
21 pts.
Top of The World
Schoolkids Records
Haley Heynderickx
21 pts.
I Need To Start A Garden
Mama Bird Recordings
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
21 pts.
Tearing At The Seams
Stax Records
Abe Partridge
20 pts.
Cotton Fields And Blood For Days
Skate Mountain
Adam James Sorensen
20 pts.
Dust Cloud Refrain
Continental Song City
Ben Reel
20 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
Chip Taylor
20 pts.
Fix Your Words
Train Wreck Records
Kesia Nagata
20 pts.
Looking For Horses
Caramal Productions
Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son
20 pts.
Clear The Table
SepiaPhone Records
18 pts.
Lord of the Desert
Okehdokee Records
Marlon Williams
18 pts.
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