Dirty Impound Questionnaire

T. Hardy Morris

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Listen to the album here and check out the official film for the title cut and more below.

T. Hardy Morris by Cory Llewellyn / Transistor Six

T. Hardy Morris by Cory Llewellyn / Transistor Six

Shooting straight, most solo albums from established frontmen are either a watered down version of what they do in their main band or so leftfield and self-indulgent that most fans perplexed and frustrated. Luckily, there are wonderful exceptions like the solo debut of T. Hardy Morris, which pares things back for the greatest tenderness, long-view musing, and appealingly exposed singing yet from a young artist that seems thoroughly comfortable twisting himself into different shapes.

Audition Tapes (released July 30 on Dangerbird Records) isn’t the head-buzz guitar reverberation and bloodied knuckle charge of Dead Confederate or the raunchy, whore ‘n’ drunkenness salutin’ rawk of Diamond Rugs. Here Morris holds his heart out to inspect the scars and poke around in its fluctutations. The atmosphere is charmingly wistful and thoughtful as a good lean-in conversation where one picks through life’s debris to find the scraps to form a small, sturdy ball of hope and happiness to bounce off the pavement and roll between one’s fingers.

Audition Tapes

Audition Tapes

The accompaniment of The Outfit is sighing empathy, utilizing nudges where Morris might employ more pushing and jarring with his other projects. Matt “Pistol” Stoessel (pedal steel), Thayer Sarrano (keys, vocals), Adam Landry (guitar, bass, drums), Justin Collins (acoustic guitar, drums), Julian Dorio (drums), Conor Lynch (drums), Mass Vasquez (keys) and Ian St. Pe (guitar) move with the fluidity of softly rustling tall grass, music filled with moving air and open skies filled with interesting clouds. Moments, notably “History’s Hoax” but also the general vibe, evoke the bittersweet John Lennon of Help! and Rubber Soul. Audition Tapes insinuates itself into one’s consciousness and heart slow as one’s dry ground soaks up its nutrients filled with rare, uncomplicated wisdom and soothing lilt.

We asked T. Hardy Morris to tackle DI’s signature questionnaire, and he kindly obliged.

Name: T. Hardy Morris
Band Affiliation(s): T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit, Dead Confederate, Diamond Rugs
Instrument(s) of choice: guitar
Nickname: Hardello

1. Great music rarely happens without…
Beer and spontaneity.
2. The first album I bought was…
Neil Young’s Harvest on cassette tape. My mom had the vinyl and we listened to it a lot and I remember her taking me to get the tape around Christmas. That same Christmas, my neighbors gave me a tape and as I was unwrapping it I could see the “a-n-a” on the cover and I was like “Yes! A Nirvana tape I don’t have!”. Turns out it was Santana.. I was very bummed.
3. The last song or album to really flip my wig was…
I have really enjoyed the new Phosphorescent album, Muchacho, a lot.
4. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be…
Spud Webb.
5. My favorite sort of gig is…
A house show.
6. One thing I wish people knew about me is…
I have seven chickens in my back yard.
7. I love the sound of…
A ride cymbal and a Telecaster with loads of reverb.
8. One day I hope to make an album as fantastic as…
I just try to make the next one better than the last one.
9. The best meal I ever had on tour was at…
Mission Chinese on Orchard in NYC.
10. I always find the coolest audiences in…
Athens, GA!
11. The worst habit I’ve picked up being on the road all the time is…
Losing stuff – clothes, phone chargers, etc.
12. Led Zeppelin or Radiohead, which flips your switch the most and why?
I like them both and respect them for being ahead of a curve that they had already created with each album (for a while there…). I like that Zep always had the familiarity of the blues and an organic thing going on no matter how “out-there” they got. But I like Radiohead and Jonny Greenwood especially because there is no trace of the blues in his playing but it’s still lead guitar. Very original.
13. The craziest thing I ever saw was…
You don’t want to know.