Brisbane institution The Morrison Hotel will host an amazing line-up of international and national Americana artists for the inaugural Welcome to Morrisonville later this year.
Headlined by legendary Texan outlaw country artist Kinky Friedman (USA) and acclaimed singer/songwriter Hayes Carll (USA) alongside Australia’s own Eagle & The Wolf, The Weeping Willows and Paddy McHugh, Welcome to Morrisonville takes place on Saturday 15 October 2016 from 2pm til late.
Hayes Carll is at the forefront of a generation of American singer/songwriters. A Texas native, his style of roots-oriented songwriting has been noted for its plain-spoken poetry and sarcastic humour.
He was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Country Song, and American Songwriter awarded him with Song of the Year for ‘Another Like You’ in 2011, the same year he was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards.
Nobody could invent a character quite like Kinky Friedman, the stogie-waving, black-hat-wearing Texas Jewboy singer, storyteller, tequila purveyor, animal rescuer and full-time iconoclast.
A favourite of Australian audiences Kinky is in the midst of world tour in support of his brand new album ‘The Loneliest Man I Ever Met’. Renowned for penning some of outlaw country’s most outrageous songs, authoring bestsellers and running for governor of Texas, his 45-year career includes touring with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue; recording with Eric Clapton, most of The Band and Ringo Starr; appearing on Saturday Night Live and at the Grand Ole Opry; and writing one of Nelson Mandela’s favourite songs. He also became the protagonist of his own crime novels, because even he couldn’t invent a character that could out-kinkKinky Friedman.
Built from heartbreak, forged on love. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys and one of Australia’s finest, and most honest, blues musicians Kris Morris met and decided to make a life and music together as Eagle & The Wolf. Their debut single ‘Mama, Son and The Holy Ghost’ has had a huge response. After premiering on Triple J’s Roots ’N’ All it was also playlisted on Double J and reached Number 1 on the Amrap Chart. Released in March their debut album has received rave reviews from Rhythms Magazine, Rolling Stone and Sydney Morning Herald to name but a few. “Separately Sarah and Kris are two of my favourite singer/songwriters ever but the first time I heard their voices together I was taken to a whole other place! The blend was like nothing I had ever heard before and broke my heart in the most beautiful way” – Kasey Chambers. Their new single ‘Hips’ will be released on August 8.
An acoustic, folk-laced, country-tinged duo The Weeping Willows are a couple of old souls, steeped in bluegrass tradition & draped in gothic Americana imagery. The duo have recently completed a national tour in support of ‘Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’, an album that has been described as “Australian alt. country at its near-finest” by Rolling Stone. Together they regale their audience with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay.
Paddy McHugh is a Brisbane based singer-songwriter whose honest approach to writing and performance has seen him invited to share the stage with some of the world’s best local and international acts. He has released two records with the much anticipated third release due late 2016. Having played his songs at festivals, dive bars and every hall, pub and backyard in between, Paddy McHugh has shown that the troubadour spirit is today alive and well.
To compliment the day there will be plenty of classic American whiskey, American beer and Brisbane’s best American styled food trucks.