Whether he likes it or not Gurf Morlix will probably be forever known as the mastermind producer behind Lucinda William’s early records (also records by Blaze Foley, Slaid Cleaves, Tom Russell, Robert Earl Keen, etc. etc). His own solo career has been stuck in the Americana niche, a niche that I would argue has the lowest CD sales of any other music genre (besides jazz). I don’t have any empirical evidence for that statement, just my own observations about CD sales among this talented group of musicians.
Gurf’s new record, Diamonds To Dust, has been critically acclaimed and played extensively by Americana radio. Unfortunately many of the publications dealing with Americana music have few subscribers and the radio stations are mostly low wattage community stations that are already preaching to the converted. I hope that with the advent of mp3 blogs artists like Gurf Morlix could get the attention that they deserve. Buy Diamonds To Dust here.
Cover of Dylan’s “With God On It’s Side”