Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines

by Cory Morrow
     
 

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On his debut album, Outside the Lines, Cory Morrow draws on influences from contemporary southwestern song slingers like the Derailers (on the title track's saga of a dedicated nonconformist) and Joe Ely (whose desperado ethos informs the unrepentant confessions of "Straight to Hell") but emerges with anSee more details below

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On his debut album, Outside the Lines, Cory Morrow draws on influences from contemporary southwestern song slingers like the Derailers (on the title track's saga of a dedicated nonconformist) and Joe Ely (whose desperado ethos informs the unrepentant confessions of "Straight to Hell") but emerges with an original voice that also suggests the flinty mindset of the Bakersfield visionaries (Merle, Buck). While the disc has its share of foot-stompin' numbers, the gentler tunes are its most compelling feature. Morrow spins beautifully woven yarns of common folk in various stages of love and longing and sets them in provocative surroundings that resonate with touches of country blues, southern rock, and Don Williams-style folk-country. Such highlights include "In Spite of Spite" (featuring stellar vocal harmonies by Jessica Murray), "More than Perfect" (which brings together southwestern rhythm and Irish soul, with the help of fiddler Brendan Anthony), "Take Me Away" (a bristling tale of a duplicitous woman and the damaged heart she left behind), and the catchy, mid-tempo gem of a lover's vow, "All Over Again." Like the aforementioned Williams, Morrow has a gift for direct, plainspoken lyrics that look deep inside their characters' hearts to reveal universal longings and fears. And for those who need a bit of brio, Morrow kicks out the jams with the best of them on the Steve Earle-style rocker "Straight to Hell"; "Dance by the Rio Grande," a jubilant Tejano-spiced tale of border town romance; and the fiery, southern-rock-fueled blowout "Misty Shade of Blue." With his respect for tradition and his renegade swagger, Cory Morrow has the sound and the guts of an important new artist to watch.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Berick
While Cory Morrow's last outing was a pleasant but not particularly compelling all-covers record (Songs We Wish We'd Written) done with fellow Lone Star troubadour Pat Green, he focuses here on his own tunes and the results are far more impressive. Initially he comes off as a good old boy on the honky tonkin' title track, but Morrow's songwriting reveals some rather emotionally complex lyrics. Tunes like "In Spite of Spite" and "Drinkin' Alone" find him wrestling between the wild life and a more responsible one. He also displays a nice musical range, pulling off muscular country-rockers like "Misty Shade of Blue" as well as quieter, more introspective numbers like "All Over Again." Morrow and his co-producer, Lloyd Maines, enhance the heartfelt love song "Take Me Away" by weaving in a jazzy organ line and some interesting percussion work. Although Morrow comes into his own on this disc, that's not to say that hints of other Texas troubadours don't appear here. The terrific troubled youth tale "Straight to Hell" suggests the story-songs of Robert Earl Keen, a musician who Morrow perhaps most closely recalls. The Tex-Mex-flavored "Dance by the Rio Grande" would easily fit in on a Joe Ely record. You can even hear a little of Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly in the Celtic-flavored "More Than Perfect." But the influences never become too distracting. He even takes the overly familiar Grateful Dead tune "Friend of the Devil" and enlivens it with a frisky fiddle and mandolin arrangement. After kicking around the Texas music scene for a while, Morrow proves ready for bigger and better things with Outside the Lines.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Smith Music Group
UPC:
0662582700626
catalogNumber:
7006
Rank:
373894

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Performance Credits

Cory Morrow   Primary Artist,Vocals
David Lee Garza   Accordion
Rich Brotherton   Mandolin
Lloyd Maines   Musician
Riley Osbourne   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
John Owens   Drums
Paul Pearcy   Percussion
Glenn Fukunaga   Upright Bass
Jon Carroll   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Glenn Shankle   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Brendon Anthony   Fiddle
Bob Livingston   Harmonica,Vocal Harmony
Jessica Murray   Vocal Harmony
Chris Tondre   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lloyd Maines   Producer,Instrumentation
Fred Remmert   Engineer,Mastering
Cary Baker   Publicity
Alan "Funt" Prater   Contributor
Cory Morrow   Producer
Adam Odor   Engineer,Mastering
Blake Olson   Management

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