Acoustic, country blues is one of the purest forms of Americana
music. It also may be the most difficult to master. To capture the
sound and spirit of a Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt or Lightnin’
Hopkins takes tremendous musicianship and a feel for the music that few
But Cary Morin, a Crow tribal member who grew up far from the
Mississippi Delta in Montana, has tapped directly into the roots of
country blues. With his impeccable finger picking and occasional steel
guitar playing and crusty, expressive vocals and song writing, Morin has
developed a style that stands apart as true “Native Americana.”
Morin’s deft blues picking and raw singing are reminiscent of Corey
Harris’s early recordings.
Morin has performed professionally since forming his first band, The
Atoll, in 1989 and later as a part of the Pura Fe Trio. In the last
several years, Morin’s solo career has progressed as he won the Colorado
Blues Challenge Solo Championship in 2013 and 2014.
Morin’s Cradle to the Grave is his fourth solo album, following Streamline, Tiny Town and Together.
The album is entirely acoustic, and all songs were written by Morin
except for eclectic covers of tunes by Willie Brown (“Mississippi
Blues”), Prince (“Nothing Compares 2 U”) and Phish (“Back on the
Train”). Blues-based tunes like the title track, “Lay Baby Lay” and
“Watch Over Me” form the cornerstone of the album. Check out “Laid
But Cradle to the Grave isn’t entirely blues. Morin’s
heartfelt “Dawn’s Early Light,” written to support the Standing Rock
Sioux Tribe, and “Trust” are compelling folk songs, and Morin’s picking
on “Mishawaka” is spellbinding. Morin is a unique talent, and this
album is a pleasure.
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