Drunken Prayer will likely bring to mind The Band for a lot of listeners, with the sense of place and tradition. But Morgan Geer’s songs and his singing often suggest a kinship with artists like Bobby Charles or Doug Sahm, musicians with Southern roots, with a yip and break to their voices, and notes of sadness offset by a wicked sense of humor.
Last year Drunken Prayer (AKA Freakwater’s Morgan Geer) released its fifth album, Cordelia Elsewhere, mixed by Mitch Easter (Let’s Active, REM), via Deer Lodge Records. The music on Cordelia Elsewhere is a direct, if slightly eccentric, descendent of outlaw country. These are stories of superstition, civil war and “triple stacks blocking out the sun”. The more upbeat numbers on the album were hatched on a tour across Europe with Morgan’s other band, revered alt-country goths Freakwater. The rest were finished on a trip through the Bible Belt that began on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The songs collectively bear witness to life on frighteningly shaky ground.
Morgan Christopher Geer was born in San Francisco and grew up traveling around the US, following his folk-singing mother. Today he splits time between Portland, OR and Asheville, NC. He’s lived in nearly every region of the country and sounds like it. His is American music – straight, no irony chaser.
Today Glide is excited to premiere the new music video for “Time to Go”, the final track on Cordelia Elsewhere. Soft and dreamy, the song is a light-hearted lyrical play on dark material as Geer focuses on sadness. The song was written while Geer was living in Asheville, “The Land of Sky”, and feeling pretty low. The corresponding video was filmed during his 2019 American tour, in and around Joshua Tree, CA. As Geer meanders across the California desert and rocks out in clubs, there is a laid back tenderness that is accentuated with a delicate, playful organ. Reminiscent of the gothic folk of acts like The Handsome Family, the song definitely serves as a proper album closer with Geer singing, “it’s hard to leave when the drinks our free”.
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Love the drunken prayer..keep up the good work