Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Gurf Morlix

Silver Lake 66

8 p.m.

$12 in advance, $15 day of show

21 and over

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Gurf Morlix


Gurf Morlix

Veteran roots music producer, songwriter, and performer Gurf Morlix is touring the country in support of his new release, ‘The Soul and The Heal.'  

Perhaps one of Morlix's newest and most recognizable fans, film star and writer/director Ethan Hawke remarked about this ninth and newest studio release: "If you are serious about music, you might want to get serious about Gurf Morlix. Part Alt/country, part blues, part literature- every one of Gurf's albums are excellent- but The Soul & The Heal is the best." (Morlix recently appeared in a bio-pic about his friend and musical cohort, the late Blaze Foley, directed by Hawke.)

Buffalo born and Texas bred, Morlix has provided countless indelible musical moments in the last 40-plus years-his exemplary guitar and production work with Lucinda Williams, his instrumental accompaniment to artists ranging from Blaze Foley to Warren Zevon, his production of watermark albums for artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier - and a series of eight international chart-topping solo records that have a singular worldview, both harrowing and heartening, often at the same time.

The record's title, The Soul & The Heal, gives a clue to the songwriter's signature way with words, bending and shaping them to communicate in a voice both clever and insightful. The songwriter says that the title speaks to "the healing of the soul from all the damage we inflict on ourselves."


Silver Lake 66

Silver Lake 66

Silver Lake 66 is the soulful, Americana duo of Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo. Their sound combines tight harmonies, strong duets, sharp guitar work with colorful Americana songwriting. Their duet stylings are steeped in classic country, rock and blues; while their songs are personal and genuine.

Originally from the Midwest, the couple began playing and writing music together during their time in Minneapolis. After several years of recording, touring and playing locally, they packed up the van, guitars, and their trusty dog Bernie, and headed to Southern California. While living in LA for nearly a decade, their band The Ruby Trees performed locally in Los Angeles clubs, including appearances at Ronnie Mack's Barn Dance at The World Famous Palomino Club. While in LA in the 90's, they were asked to contribute a song to the Restless Records release "A Town South of Bakersfield, Volume 3" along with veteran artists Dale Watson, The Hellecasters, and Harry Dean Stanton.

The next chapter for the duo was a move to Portland, Oregon. Fate intervened and a chance meeting with a tribe of like-minded musicians in Portland sparked the beginnings of Silver Lake 66. Fueled by jam sessions and performances at an under the radar, honkytonk on the edge of town called "The Barn", the duo returned to playing music and Silver Lake 66 was born.

Silver Lake 66's debut album, "Let go or be dragged" features a collection of songs drawn from personal experiences of travel, love, loss and adversity. A group of local veteran musicians from the Portland Americana community round out the vocally driven, warm tremolo laden sound.


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