Hailing from the romantic landscapes of England’s Devon Hills, The R.G Morrison sound is as sentimental and nostalgic as the antiquated thatched-roof cottage surroundings.
Fronted by indie haven Drift Records and Drift Record Shop founder Rupert Graeme, this four piece began entrenched in the folk roots of Crosby, Stills & Nash, yet the beautifully composed ballads are sung in a humbled and understated whisper akin to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, while the perfectly harmonized lyrics give a solemn breath akin to Low.
Just as you wander into the contemplative songwriting, reverb-rich lines of electric guitar wash through whilst the traditional elements of folk are tweaked with analogue synthesizers, adding a raw and contemporary edge to the intimate sincerity of this ‘Cult Balladeer’ (Word Magazine).
Having toured across Europe in 2010, playing The Rolling Stone weekender, through Germany supporting John Hiatt, Spain and Switzerland, and fresh off headlining Spain’s Tanned Tin Festival this month, The R. G Morrison are ready to bring their intimate rendition of Lo-fi Americana to North America, with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy drummer Alex Neilson along for the ride to showcase at the 2011 SXSW Festival, Canadian Music Festival, with a quick visit to New York along the way.
With the stand-out success of previous releases ‘Learning About Loathing’ (Drift Records first release, 2007) and the latest record ‘Farewell My Lovely’ (Drift Records, in partnership with Loose Music, June, 2010) selling out all beautifully hand-detailed copies in their homeland UK, there’s no doubt that the understated, gritty and glowing talent The R.G. Morrison will be making more than a splash when they cross the Atlantic this March.
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