This weekend finds Drunken Prayer starting 2014 as we did ’13: giving praise to the disputed King of Rock and Roll at Elvisfest! in Chapel Hill, NC. TRUE FACT: my very first public gig was a 4th grade talent show – I sang “Hound Dog” in a white bespangled jumpsuit my mom made for me. What’s that? Of course I won! I was so good that later that day I was mugged in the street by a large Italian boy who insisted I “SING ELVIS” under threat of punching. This was my introduction to show business.
Here’s a look back at 2013:
- House of Morgan recorded at home in Asheville, NC, released on Fluff & Gravy Records of Portland, OR. Brain dump.
- Opened for the lovely Freakwater in Chattanooga, TN, got compared to Leon Russell by Janet Bean
- “The Missionfield” (official video) featured at The Music Video Asheville Festival. Smile!
- Played the last DooNanny Outsider Folk Art Festival in Seale, AL. RIP.
- Cop put a gun to my head in Birmingham, AL
- Played our debut shows at the Double Door in Charlotte, NC, the Alabama Music Box in Mobile, AL and Slim’s in Raleigh, NC
- 8 visits to the Research Triangle. Came back dumber.
- A triumphant return to The Heavy Rebel Weekender. Not as scary as it sounds.
- Played memorable shows with Sally Timms, Janet Bean, Denim Wedding, Brother Dege, The Piedsmontsmen, The Krektones, Unholy Trio, Truckstop Darlin’, Blue Rags, Root Jack, Them Teasters, The My-Oh-Mys, The Mutineers, Casey Ruff & The Mayors of Ballard.
- KZME & Asheville FM radio shows. FCC be damned.
- “met” Father John Misty
- Recorded a set for Daytrotter. Finally hip.
- 2 midwest tours: Louisville, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus. Saw lots of “keey-ows”, and the last police officer in Detroit.
- 2 northwest tours: Portland, Bellingham & Seattle.
- Portland Mercury said something nice about us
- The Next Waltz
- #1 on Reverb Nation all the time!
- Recorded “The Selfishness in Man” for The Deer Lodge George Jones tribute album
- Played a Gene Clark/ Gram Parsons tribute at The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC). Killed it.
- Mountain Xpress video interview. “No more interviews”
- A new album written, recorded and mixed at Collapseable and Fluff & Gravy studios; featuring Dallas Good of The Sadies and the artwork of Jon Langford; to be released sometime 2014.
Drunken Prayer’s “THE SELFISHNESS IN MAN” from Deer Lodge Records’ tribute to George Jones now available
“Heigh-Ho (Nobody Home)” is a 16th century English madrigal that’s rumored to scare away the demons of hard times. As a parting gift to 2013, here’s our version of the tune off our newest record House of Morgan. The original tracks were recorded live at KXCI in Tucson, AZ, with mandolin and backing vocals by W.C. Beck.
Heigh-Ho (Nobody Home)
Last week The Media came to me to talk about it:
There’s still time to purchase our LIMITED EDTION (550) 7″ single pressed on red vinyl with individually hand-made sleeves. No two are alike!
Now 25% off at the Fluff and Gravy store (mp3s too).
Why? Because we like you.
I’m honestly surprised to announce the arrival of the 3rd full-length Drunken Prayer album, HOUSE OF MORGAN. Most of these songs were self-recorded on a Tascam 4-track cassette machine, the rest on free recording software. Anyone can do it!
Thanks to Will Chatham and Juniana Lanning for making it sound so brilliant. Listen to three of the songs here.
Fluff and Gravy Records, take it away…
“Drunken Prayer’s second full-length release on Portland-based Fluff and Gravy Records finds Geer taking things into his own hands.
While 2012’s critically acclaimed Into The Missionfield was a densely layered studio undertaking, featuring strings, horns, and several marquee players, House of Morgan was self-recorded, largely in his bedroom with nearly all of the instruments being played by Geer. Though this record is, by design, a sharp contrast to previous efforts, this is undoubtedly a Drunken Prayer record. Geer’s trademark vocals, guitar playing and lyrics are the threads that link these divergent records together.”
-Fluff and Gravy Records
For this record we’ve planned just a limited number of shows.
November 21, 2013
The Double Crown, West Asheville, NC
Eric Strickland and the B Sides
December 6, 2013
The Conor Byrne, Seattle, WA
Lone Madrone, Casey Ruff and the Mayors of Ballard
December 7, 2013
Dante’s, Portland, OR
Denim Wedding, Root Jack
December 13, 2013
Static Age Records, Asheville, NC
Fluff and Gravy Records, has begun online presales of the new Drunken Prayer record, House of Morgan. The album is a virtual introduction to the voices in my head. The album was self-recorded with a cassette 4-track and desktop software.
Here’s what all the publicists are saying…
Drunken Prayer’s second full-length release on Portland-based Fluff and Gravy Records finds Geer taking things into his own hands.
While 2012’s critically acclaimed Into The Missionfield was a densely layered studio undertaking, featuring strings, horns, and several marquee players, House of Morgan was self-recorded, largely in his bedroom with nearly all of the instruments being played by Geer. Though the record is, by design, a sharp contrast to previous efforts, this is undoubtedly a Drunken Prayer record. Geer’s trademark vocals, guitar playing and lyrics are the threads that link these divergent records together.
Brace yourself for the HOUSE OF MORGAN VIDEO TEASE:
“Love it! I love a big hairy ape!”
- Janet Bean
Freakwater, 11th Dream Day, Horse’s Ha