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New Drunken Prayer Single

Here it is for download:
https://deerlodgepdx.bandcamp.com/album/evangeline-satin-sheets-single-by-drunken-prayer
 

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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.

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Posted on: September 20th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

New Drunken Prayer Video from the House of Morgan Series

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”.

 

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Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Drunken Prayer @ Hopscotch

This year we’re happy to add the Guitartown Party at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC to our Fall tour.

 

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Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Drunken Prayer Fall Tour 2014

Northwest Agenda 2014

 

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

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Posted on: August 3rd, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

New Video: Heigh-Ho (Nobody Home)

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.
 

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Posted on: July 15th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Cordelia, Elsewhere

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.

 

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Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Happy Independence Day. We’re in the jailhouse now.

Heavy Rebel ’14 is upon us. File under: ROCK

 

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Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Drunken Prayer and North Carolina’s Weird Rockabilly Nether Regions

This weekend finds us stepping down onto the dark, hyper-patriotic underbelly of the Hillbilly ID.
Thursday, July 3rd: Drunken Prayer + Bloodshot Bill @ The Mothlight – Asheville, NC
Friday, July 4th: Drunken Prayer @ Heavy Rebel ’14 Friday night, 10:45 in the Jailhouse – Winston Salem, NC

 

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Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Q and A with Morgan Christopher Geer

Splitting time between Portland, Oregon and Asheville, North Carolina, Drunken Prayer released a new album last year called “House of Morgan” on Fluff & Gravy Records.

Below is more with the heart and soul of the band, Morgan Christopher Geer. Read the article on the band here.

 

First, is this a solo show or a full band show?

Geer: We’ll see. That’s been a thorn in my side since moving back to North Carolina. My band here is composed of loaners so I’ll see who’s available. As of today it looks like Drunken Prayer will be an electric two-piece, drums and guitar.
 
Was recording “House of Morgan” on a four-track cassette recorder to be a more singular in making songs?

No, it was more like working with driftwood. I took our newfound immobility as an opportunity to work with whatever was at hand, found materials like my limited recording system, unfinished tracks and the instruments I have around me.
 
How did you get those raw tunings on songs like “Ultrabad” and “KEF-666”? “KEF-666” is dynamite. Playing that must be fun to level at a crowd.

Well they’re probably closer to raw de-tunings. Those two were recorded live with drums and guitar on a Radio Shack PZM mic. The vocals on “Ultrabad” were sung through the pickups of an old Telecaster. Some of what you might be hearing could also be the tape flutter in the initial cassette recording. Unfortunately I’ve yet to play “KEF-666” live since “House of Morgan” came out. I’d love to, but I’ll need a solid band first.
 
Why led you to revisit “I saw it with My Own Two Eyes,” albeit with a cool co-singer?

This version is creepier. It’s about a UFO encounter I had as a little guy so it felt right. I’m a big Flaming Lips fan and they cover themselves all the time so I figured I could too. It’s really liberating to rid oneself of the rules we put up. The co-singer is me, run through an effects processor that makes me sound like a drowning baby.
 
“Heigh Ho” is great, hypnotic with a lot of punch.

It’s a 16th Century English madrigal. We used to sing it in my high school chorus at Christmas. I always thought it would make for an interesting Old Time style song, so I recorded the guitar, mandolin and vocals with W.C. Beck at KXCI in Tucson in the middle of a tour, and then I did the rest at home.
 
Do you see yourself as a restless personality, someone needing constant change of scenery?

Yeah. My single mom and I moved a lot in my formative years. I was forever making new friends and entertaining myself. I’d like to be out playing more than I am now.
 
Writing songs, are you writing about yourself or the world through as it moves in and around you?

Mostly external but a little of both. I try not to use songwriting just as therapy or navel gazing but it happens. I’m not going to say anything that hasn’t already been said by someone more poetic and qualified, so I try to avoid preaching and philosophizing. I’d rather give you something to preach and philosophize about.

I like lyrics because they’re not necessarily meant to stand alone. Often lines evolve just because the combination of vowels and consonants work well with the melody. The really great thing about that are the unintentional and subjective meanings that can reveal themselves. It’s important to me that the songs have a life of their own, so they can change a lot from performance to performance. The recordings are more like snapshots of what they were doing that day.
 
 
Star News, Wilmington, NC
 

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Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Death to False Country! All others, including Jazz, may live.

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The peaceful folks at Wild American Radio included us on the latest episode of The Death To False Country Show.
 
 

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Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

The Drunken Prayer Carolina Charm Offensive begins TONIGHT

follow your dreams
Fetch!
Thu 5/29 – The Mothlight – Asheville, NC
Fri 5/30 – The Sparrow – North Charleston, SC
Sat 5/31 – Satellite Bar and Lounge – Wilmington, NC
Sun 6/01 – The Cave – Chapel Hill, NC (early show)

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Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

New video by Drunken Prayer released today – “On Mobile Bay”

My dear grandfather used to sing me this song when I was just a lad. Here you go congregation, the latest in the House of Morgan video series: “ON MOBILE BAY” – filmed on location with a cellular phone and a Scrabble board.

 

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Posted on: May 6th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Welcome Billboard Readers

GJ

We were recently asked by The Deer Lodge to submit a George Jones cover for a tribute released on the 1 year anniversary of his death. Here’s our version of Jones’ gospel classic, written by Leon Payne, “The Selfishness in Man” as reviewed in the April 29 edition. The words to this song are unforgettable. It was recorded with a Baldwin Fun Machine, my mom and my sweetheart are singing background vocals.

 

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Posted on: May 3rd, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Where Is Drunken Prayer This Weekend?

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Thursday 4/24… The Milestone, Charlotte, NC

Friday 4/25… The City Tap, Pittsboro, NC
Saturday 4/26… Lyrics, Burlington, NC
 
 
 

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Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

“BEST OF” WNC 2014 VOTING

Don’t worry, I know we love each other no matter what band/ singer-songwriter/ animal acupuncturist you vote for.
Here is the link to vote for all your Asheville favorites:
mountainx.com/bestofwnc

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Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Happy Easter!

Enjoy your bottomless Mimosas responsibly.

“Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)”

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Posted on: April 20th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Watch Drunken Prayer Terrorize Western N.C.

“the video is the result of being snowed in and day drinking in Asheville, North Carolina. It started out as a poorly executed Bigfoot hoax and devolved into just going to a bar for the rest of the afternoon”

 

 

Thanks Blurt Magazine for the review of “I Saw It With My Own Two Eyes Again”, the new video from the House of Morgan series.

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Posted on: April 5th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

“Love Looks Like A Master” – A Mountain Xpress Acoustic Asheville exclusive

Here’s an acoustic version of “Love Looks Like A Master” from the next Drunken Prayer album due early 2015.

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Posted on: April 1st, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Thank you North Carolina.

 
This weekend we played three of our best shows since returning to The South from our beloved Portland, Ore.

 

Chapel Hill spoke/screamed in tongues at The Cave as we played “Just A Closer Walk With Thee“.

 

Cheering strangers in Wilmington at The Satellite Bar and Lounge grinned ear to ear, like mules eating garlic, while we played new unheard songs.

 

We were welcomed back to Carrboro with bagpipes and go-go dancers. As a result, our “soundcheck” at The Station lasted 45 minutes.

 

It’s times like these that I’m reminded to be thankful I get to do what I do.

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Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments

New video from Drunken Prayer: “KEF-666″

Fluff and Gravy Records just posted video #3 in the House of Morgan series.
Here’s “KEF-666″:

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Posted on: February 6th, 2014 by drunkenmaster No Comments