Joy of Violent Movement says “Hand of God” from The Devil & The Blues exhibits “a humility and humanism that’s sadly all too rare”.
A few months ago we asked fans to submit clips of themselves wearing “Hello My Name Is” stickers for our new video. The response was overwhelming and the result is a happy thing. We hope you enjoy it. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re probably in it.
LISTEN AND PURCHASE HERE
Some early reviews:
- “some of the most twisted storytelling you’ll hear all year….more delicious turns of phrase in a single song than most artists come up with on an entire album” – Blurt Magazine
- “With the help of members of The Sadies, Reigning Sound, and Freakwater, Geer crafts another journey through America’s weird musical heritage on The Devil & The Blues” – PopMatters
- “The drums stomp, guitars gallop and Geer’s stand-and-deliver vocal style verges on violent. Wisps of smoke issue from the speakers – and there are still 11 tracks to go.”– Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC
- “…the sound of a band playing while the world burns down around them” – American Standard Time
- “Rebellious roots music with Pentecostal zeal” – WNCW
Morgan Geer – guitar, lead vocal
Lance Wille – drums
David Wayne Gay – bass, speech
Aaron Price – keys
Dallas Good – guitar
Joel Meredith – pedal steel guitar
Anna Tivel – fiddle
James Quong – clarinet
Henry Westmoreland – sax, trumpet
Aryana Lanning – speech
Juniana Lanning – background vocal
Recorded by Aaron Price at Collapseable (Asheville, NC)
Recorded and Mixed by Juniana Lanning at Fluff and Gravy (Portland, OR)
Original artwork – Jon Langford; layout and design – Suzie Million$
Worldwide distribution provided by The Burnside Distribution Company and Fluff and Gravy Records
“The drums stomp, guitars gallop and Geer’s stand-and-deliver vocal style verges on violent. Wisps of smoke issue from the speakers — and there are still 11 tracks to go.”
– Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC
Thanks to the hard working children at Fluff and Gravy Records, the new Drunken Prayer album, THE DEVIL & THE BLUES shall be released on August 21, 2015. The album features members of Freakwater, The Reigning Sound and The Sadies, with artwork by Jon Langford.
PRE-ORDER NOW and get the first single “Hand of God” instantly.
As we prepare to welcome The Devil & The Blues, we close the door on The House of Morgan. “Apologies” is the final installment in the album’s video series. Let’s all celebrate the 4th of July with this soon-to-be nationalistic classic.
The layout just came together for our new record, The Devil & The Blues, and we’re beside ourselves with the design. The brilliant Suzie Million$ tied the project together with her singular imaginative vision. I love it when a record looks like it sounds.
Suzie attended and dropped out of a couple of good art schools, the Munson Willliams Proctor Institute in Utica, New York, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She has also lived in Memphis, New Orleans, and now in Asheville, North Carolina, a rural town that prides itself on it’s lighted roadside arrow signs. In New Orleans, Suzie tended bar at the legendary Saturn Bar, did design and promotion for a rock and roll club, The Howlin’ Wolf, and worked briefly at a fascinating, but pathologically chaotic, folk art gallery in the French Quarter.
Suzie is one of our oldest, dearest friends and we’re proud she deems this project worthy of her considerable talents.
When you get the chance, slap yourself a shady and visit her fun website: SuzieMillions.com
The Devil and The Blues, the new album from Drunken Prayer, will be available worldwide on July 21st from Fluff & Gravy Records and live at a limited number of release shows on both US coasts. The core band on this party record is The Unholy Trio of Morgan Geer (guitar, vox, keys), David Wayne Gay (bass, vox) and Lance Wille (drums).
Guests include Dallas Good of The Sadies (guitar), Aaron Price (keys), Anna Tivel (fiddle), Aryana & Juniana Lanning (background vox), Henry Westmoreland (sax, trumpet) and James “Names” Quong (clarinet). Original artwork by Jon Langford and design by Suzie Million$.
For more details please visit our calendar.
“…a pretty quintessential slice of backwoods poetry…” – KCRW (LA) is premiering our video for “Satin Sheets” this week!
The song was originally written and recorded by the criminally under-appreciated Willis Alan Ramsey. It’s on Willis’ masterpiece of an album he did in 1972 for Leon Russell’s Shelter record label. This is side-b of the 7″ single Deer Lodge Records just put out for us. I recorded the two songs at home while I was mixing an upcoming LP; it pays homage to a couple of artists that were big around my house growing up – The Band (“Evangeline“) and Willis Alan Ramsey.
Now get thee to a record store!
Here’s our “tender and curiously psychedelic” tribute to The Band, “Evangeline”: a duet featuring Janet Beveridge Bean (Freakwater, 11th Dream Day, Horse’s Ha).
Coattail riding, baby!
For the first Monday of the year, we bring you ULTRABAD from the House of Morgan series. This is vintage Super 8 footage of 60’s motocross from Morgan Geer’s family’s archive of ultra-badasses from south Alabama.
Side A: “Evangeline” (The Band), duet with Janet Bean of Freakwater
Side B: “Satin Sheets” (Willis Alan Ramsey)
Brought to you by Deer Lodge Records of Portland, OR, these perfectly circular, exquisitely packaged, vinyl singles feature a glossy full-color cover photo, classy fonts, clear plastic sleeves and a Deer Lodge sticker, all for the low price of $6.50 + shipping.
What?! We’re giving away the store!*
Like a circle ’round the sun.
*not actually giving anything away
Happy Thanksgiving congregation. Gather ’round the hearth and reminisce about the “Things I Should’ve Done”.
For the next two weeks you can follow my exploits with Freakwater via Twitter as we try our best to make a brand new record.
It’s time to lawyer up, congregation.
Here it is for download:
Today we’re proud to release our new single, Evangeline / Satin Sheets. These are covers of two songs by artists dear to my heart. Evangeline (The Band) was recorded as a duet with our beloved Freakwater‘s Janet Beveridge Bean. Satin Sheets is a song by my favorite songwriter, Willis Alan Ramsey. These were self-recorded at The House of Morgan in Asheville, NC this past summer and made listenable by Ezra Meredith, care of The Deer Lodge in Portland, OR.
As expected, the vinyl 7″ are taking a while to materialize but I’ll let you know as soon as they’re available.
It’s great to be back in the Northwest. The beer is flowing, the volcano’s erupting and the gospel music is still ringing in my ears from last night’s rehearsal at Fluff and Gravy Records.
Congregation, we bring you a gift from Appalachia’s soft white underbelly: the latest video from the House of Morgan series: “Lay Down”.
This year we’re happy to add the Guitartown Party at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC to our Fall tour.
8/24… Big Love Fest, Asheville, NC
9/06… Hopscotch Music Festival – Guitartown Party, Raleigh, NC
9/12… The Secret Society, Portland, OR
9/13… solo – Fluff & Gravy Music Festival, Olympia, WA
9/14… solo – Hattie’s Hat, Seattle, WA
9/18… solo – The Kenton Club – opening for Richmond Fontaine, Portland, OR
9/20… solo – The Deer Lodge Music Festival, Southeast Portland, OR
Congregation, here you have the latest installment from the House of Morgan video series – “Heigh-Ho (Nobody Home)”. This is #5/11. The video features rare shots of a disturbed 1960’s San Francisco.
The traditional song is a 16th century English madrigal that’s rumored to scare away the demons of hard times. It was often sung as a children’s carol at Christmas. The original tracks were recorded in December, 2011 live at KXCI in Tucson, AZ, with mandolin and backing vocals by W.C. Beck.
Here is “Cordelia, Elsewhere”, a new song by Drunken Prayer. The performance is from last weekend’s Vincent’s Ear reunion held at The Double Crown in West Asheville, NC.