“Cashavelly Morrison sings in a coolly emotive croon that conjures up a cinematic vibe, and it’s a just-right fit for the finely detailed mini-dramas of her lyrics.”
“That dark, almost gothic, storytelling vein continues into the pedal steel streaked, strummed murder ballad ‘Hue And Cry’, the gentle melody counterpointed by the lyrics, evoking dread in the opening line “I told Mama he was swinging a knife” and proceeding to recount a tale that conjures bloody images of Herod’s massacre of the children, persecution and ethnic cleansing.”
Americana singer-songwriter Cashavelly Morrison will be releasing a new album in early November, and she's giving The Boot's readers an exclusive first listen to one of its tracks. Press play below to hear the heavy new song "Gunmaker."
"Gunmaker" is a haunting, timely track that finds Morrison imagining the internal struggle of the song's titular craftsman. The gunmaker earns a living that allows him to care for his daughter -- and yet, it also puts her and other children at risk: "Any man could do her in, right or wrong," Morrison's character reflects, and "lately, I can't look her in the face."
“Today Glide is excited to premiere the song’s music video. The high and lonesome twang of the tune is visualized by a dark road and shadowy choreography that seems to dramatize some sort of violent act. With a haunting voice and a sound that brings to mind the gothic Americana of acts like the Handsome Family, Morrison uses the lyrics to paint an ominous portrait.”
“We are especially pleased with the variety of artistic projects that these artists will be working on this year,” said Dara Silver, Grant Program Manager for The Arts Council. “These awards are a way The Arts Council invests in our local creative entrepreneurs by helping them move forward a project so that they can leverage additional opportunities and commissions.”
"Cashavelly Morrison has led three separate artistic lives. She started out as a dancer, studied ballet from the time she was a child, spent years at the North Carolina School of the Arts and moved on to several regional ballet companies in Texas and Virginia. Morrison, 36, also earned an advanced degree in creative writing, drawing on her childhood in West Virginia to craft historical fiction set in coal-mining towns in the 1920s. Her main creative focus these days is as a singer/songwriter, but she draws on insights from both dance and fiction-writing to inform her music-making. Taking the idea of a deep, bodily connection to the music from dance while using elements of history, character and narrative that are central to creative writing, Morrison’s songs are built on visceral stories.
Morrison and her collaborator (and husband), the guitarist Ryan Macleod, along with their four-piece band, play a March 24 show at Winston-Salem’s Muddy Creek Music Hall, at which they’ll debut a batch of new material. The songs will be featured on a forthcoming album that Morrison and Macleod are in the process of finishing up and preparing to shop around to labels.
“This show is kind of a sneak peek of the album,” Morrison said. “Most of the songs I don’t really think have been heard by anybody.”
These songs are different from the material that Morrison released on her haunting Americana-tinged 2015 album The Kingdom Belongs To A Child. “It’s louder, it’s more bold,” said Morrison of the difference between the forthcoming record and her debut.
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Over 5 separate sessions that spanned December 2016 through October 2017, we recorded our second record. A huge thank you to Evan Bradford and John Plymale for engineering, their expertise, and encouragement. A special thank you to Katrina Pfitzner for her vocal coaching, and John Teer, Matt Smith, Dan Faust, and Zack Page for adding such beautiful instrumentation to these songs. We're so excited. Now to mixing, mastering, world peace...Onward!