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Adam Landry #1601

Adam Landry made a ton of records that I love, and several that we featured last year. As the first person who primarily works as a record producer that we have featured on Country Fried Rock, I did not even know that I liked his work until the middle of an interview last season, when it suddenly dawned on me that he was a recurring theme! From #CFRalumni Lilly Hiatt, T. Hardy Morris, Hollis Brown, and Rayland Baxter, to records we have played in our radio show version of CFR, like Diamond Rugs, Middle Brother, and DeerTick, Landry has been the force behind the scenes, helping the songwriters make the records they have inside them.

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T. Hardy Morris #1520

T. Hardy Morris fronts Dead Confederate and is part of the indie rock supergroup, Diamond Rugs, but his latest solo album, Drownin’ On A Mountaintop, shows another side of this Southern songwriter.

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T. Hardy Morris

T. Hardy Morris is offering a free EP from his Audition Tapes party at the rebuilt historic Georgia Theatre. Grab the EP here on Noistrade.

Live at The Georgia Theatre EP
Track Listing
1. Audition Tapes
2. History’s Hoax
3. Disaster Proof
4. Drinking of You (New Song)
5. OK Corral
6. Beauty Rest

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From the PR materials:

Morris describes the song “Audition Tapes” as being “about that window of time when you’re not a kid anymore but you’re far from grown up either. You don’t want to be at home necessarily, but you can’t drive yet so you’re stuck in this little bubble of making the most with your given surroundings; your neighborhood, your friends. I think that time in life can shape a lot about who we are for the rest of our lives; how we react to social situations and scenarios at this age. If you’re fearless at 14 you’ll likely be fearless as life continues. If you’re scared of life at 14, well, good luck I guess.”

That vibe is captured perfectly in the Transistor Six film for the song. “We wanted the video to be pretty literal,” says Morris, “so we just recruited the boys from the local Austin band Residual Kid to essentially be themselves. We went to a skate park and a few other places around Austin that fit the theme. They were good sports about the video and are pretty fearless. I think they’ll be fine.”

“When we listened to ‘Audition Tapes’ it was pretty immediate that we needed to tell this story on film and bring a nostalgic visual to it,” says Cory Llewellyn co-founder of Transistor Six, “Using vintage Super 8 cameras we wanted to have the story told in a home movie kind of way invoking memories versus being too literal. That nostalgic feeling also lends itself in the Lomography photos we shot with Hardy.”

Released this summer on Dangerbird Records, Audition Tapes is the solo debut for T. Hardy Morris, the Athens, GA based musician and lead singer of Dead Confederate. “It will break your heart in a very sincere, wildly passionate way,” wrote Paste of the album, while Stereogumpraised the “calming beauty” found on the record. American Songwriter adds that “Morris connects with the mythical ideal of Cosmic American music, attaining an ethereal sound that stands outside of time, stands beyond trends.”

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T. Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate

Preorder Audition Tapes on vinyl, CD, or digitally from http://t.hardymorris.com/merch. 10% of all proceeds from the preorder will be donated to The Georgia Trust For Historic Preservation

After Morris was finished writing and recording the songs on Audition Tapes, an album steeped in nostalgia, he became inspired by The Georgia Trust’s annual “Places In Peril” list – which seeks to identify and preserve historic sites threatened by demolition and neglect (Learn More). Morris and filmmaker and photographer Jason Thrasher traveled to 10 historic sites throughout Georgia to film live performance videos of each song found on the Audition Tapes. Over the coming weeks T. Hardy Morris will release additional takeaway videos to draw attention to the Places in Peril list as we approach the July 30th release of his full-length album.

Recorded at Playground Sound studios with Cosmic Thug production team Justin Collins and Adam Landry, the sessions behind Audition Tapes came to be with the help of a variety of Morris’ talented circle of friends who “dropped by” to lend a hand, including Delta Spirit’s Matt Vasquez, Black Lips/Diamond Rugs guitarist Ian Saint Pe, steel guitarist Matt “Pistol” Stossel, keyboardist Thayer Serrano, and drummer Julian Dorio (The Whigs).”

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