Audition Tapes

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Co-founder and member of the Southern psychedelic grunge group Dead Confederate and, more recently, the indie supergroup Diamond Rugs, Hardy Morris or T. Hardy Morris, as he's listed here obviously likes to stay busy, and while away from his other musical projects, he wrote and put together Audition Tapes, his first solo album. It's a haunting, atmospheric, cough syrup-paced gem that isn't exactly alternative country -- there's still plenty of Hardy's Southern grunge feel present -- but definitely falls into pedal steel guitar territory at times, if filtered through the ghosts of Mark Linkous and Alex Chilton. From the striking opener, "Lucky," through the tense "Disaster...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Co-founder and member of the Southern psychedelic grunge group Dead Confederate and, more recently, the indie supergroup Diamond Rugs, Hardy Morris or T. Hardy Morris, as he's listed here obviously likes to stay busy, and while away from his other musical projects, he wrote and put together Audition Tapes, his first solo album. It's a haunting, atmospheric, cough syrup-paced gem that isn't exactly alternative country -- there's still plenty of Hardy's Southern grunge feel present -- but definitely falls into pedal steel guitar territory at times, if filtered through the ghosts of Mark Linkous and Alex Chilton. From the striking opener, "Lucky," through the tense "Disaster Proof" and the stark closing track, "Own Worst Enemy," Morris' tales of drugs, drink, depression, and general malaise are fascinating and solid, and if this isn't outlaw country grunge by definition, it's close. The title song, "Audition Tapes," is not only wonderfully realized, it's also a kind of template for this album, highlighting the way it was recorded, all hushed and intimate, with count-offs and small mistakes left in, all of which makes this set feel honest and real. Morris isn't about to abandon his other projects, and thankfully not, but this solo outing shows he is capable of branching off into some different territories, all without losing his own special feel. It's safe to say, he passed the audition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2013
  • Label: Dangerbird Spain
  • UPC: 842803010127
  • Catalog Number: 101
  • Sales rank: 311,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lucky - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (3:29)
  2. 2 Disaster Proof - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (2:38)
  3. 3 OK Corral - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (4:01)
  4. 4 Audition Tapes - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (4:01)
  5. 5 Hardstuff - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (3:02)
  6. 6 Quit Diggin - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (4:15)
  7. 7 Share the Needle - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (3:22)
  8. 8 History's Hoax - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (3:45)
  9. 9 Beauty Rest - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (3:00)
  10. 10 Own Worst Enemy - T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
T. Hardy Morris Primary Artist
Ian St. Pe Guitar
Adam Landry Bass, Guitar, Drums
Conor Lynch Drums
Matt "Pistol" Stoessel Pedal Steel Guitar
Thayer Sarrano Keyboards, Vocals
Matt Vasquez Keyboards
Justin Collins Acoustic Guitar, Drums
Julian Dorto Drums
Technical Credits
Adam Landry Producer, Engineer
Justin Collins Producer, Engineer
T. Hardy Morris Composer
Erin D. Morris Inside Photo
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