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The new Drunken Prayer album is titled “CORDELIA, ELSEWHERE”


 
I’m calling the new Drunken Prayer album “CORDELIA, ELSEWHERE”.

 
PLEASE VISIT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE. There’s not much time left and we still have a ways to go.
This is an “all or nothing” drive. The project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, March 1 2018 3:00 AM EST.
 
Here’s a shareable link: http://kck.st/2DsCuEn
 
The album’s namesake song is the flag bearer for the rest of the album. American roots are gnarled and twisted things. This album tells that story from my perspective, “from PDX to the AVL”. For a quick listen, I shot a video of an acoustic version of the song…
 

 

I’ve never written an album from a state of shock before but interesting times make interesting art. I’m happy to announce these songs are a small silver lining around the angry storm clouds loitering over our collective heads.
 
Morgan Geer
Emma, NC
 

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Posted on: February 19th, 2018 by drunkenmaster No Comments

The New Drunken Prayer Album Is On The Way


 
It is with great apprehension that I announce The Drunken Prayer Kickstarter Campaign in support of my upcoming, in-progress album.

 

Over the past year I’ve written a lot of defiantly homesick music, mulling over what “home” means in the current American climate. The material is authentic American roots: to-the-point stories about everyday struggles and triumphs of the out-on-the-margins, unvarnished rock and roll working class. It’s a well worn path but one worth following.
 
There’s a breaking news urgency to this album and I’m anxious to deliver it.
 
If you get a chance, go to the drive page. I made a short video (that you can watch above) and wrote a bit about what’s going on with the upcoming record. There’s even some new music in there.
 
Times are tight and I do not want your last buck. If you want to join in but can’t afford to pre-order right now, please share the project to any friend or group you’re a part of that might be interested in a new Drunken Prayer album – that would be a huge help.
Here is a short, sharable link for you: http://kck.st/2DsCtjN
 
Let’s sorghum the walls and commence to shooting flies.
 
Morgan
 
 

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Posted on: February 1st, 2018 by drunkenmaster No Comments

UK Tour Schedule

If 2017 was the Charlie Sheen of years, 2018 is gonna be Muhammad Ali.
Drunken Prayer is stepping to the middle of the ring with a Kickstarter campaign, two new albums, a video, and a return trip to the UK with last years’ West Coast tourmates, the incomparable Handsome Family.
For the uninitiated, The Handsome Family are probably best known for the theme song to True Detective, “Far from Any Road“. I’ve been a fan of their crazy songs since I was a little baby. The tour winds through England and Scotland from March 1st until the end of the month. I’ll be opening the shows by myself. Here’s the full itinerary:
3.01 Birmingham, Mama Roux
3.02 Gateshead, Sage 2
3.03 Liverpool, Leaf
3.04 Manchester, The Academy
3.06 Cardiff, The Tramshed
3.07 Exeter, The Phoenix
3.08 Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club
3.10 Edinburgh, La Belle Angele
3.11 Glasgow, ABC
3.12 Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
3.13 Stirling, The Tolbooth
3.15 London, Round Chapel
3.17 Leeds, Howard Assembly Room
3.18 Sheffield, The Plug
3.20 Norwich, The Waterfront
3.21 Cambridge, The Junction
3.22 Bristol, St Georges
3.23 Southampton, The Brook
3.24 Brighton, St Georges Church
3.25 Folkestone, The Quarterhouse

 

 

NEW MUSIC: Next week I’ll be sending everyone on the newsletter information about the Kickstarter campaign that’s going live next month. It’s in support of the new studio album I’m recording and, just between you and me, there’s also a limited edition bonus acoustic CD I have ready to ship as soon as the campaign ends. I’m giving you fine folks first crack at this stuff because you’ve been kind enough to let me into your inboxes.
Sign up for the newsletter!
 
Stay tuned!
 
Morgan Geer
Drunken Prayer
Emma, NC
 
 

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Posted on: January 15th, 2018 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Thanks WNCW 88.7

WNCW (Western North Carolina) has been a solid supporter of mine since I released my debut record. Big thanks from the bottom of my pointy little heart.

 

 

 

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Posted on: September 21st, 2017 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Happy Labor Day 2017 from Drunken Prayer

 

Drunken Prayer rarely plays this song live. I don’t know why. Here’s one I found from an exceptionally good night. Recorded in a Klingon themed honky tonk in Portland, OR, here is “Take This Hammer”.
 

Happy Labor Day, America.

 

 

 

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Posted on: September 4th, 2017 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Morgan Geer Gives Portland A Stern Talking To, Summer 2017

I’m heading back to my home-away-from-home for the rest of the summer to work on a new solo album, play some shows and remind Portland, Oregon who’s the boss of them.

 


 
7/29 – Deer Lodge on the Green – SE Portland, OR
8/04 – The Know – NE Portland, OR
8/11 – Hot August Nights – Forest Grove, OR
8/12 – The Kenton Club – N Portland, OR
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Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Let’s Sorghum the Walls and Commence to Shootin’ Flies.

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who’s ever helped me along the way – the fans, the bookers and bartenders, my selfless fellow musicians and writers; everyone who’s ever put me up or put up with me, bought a record or offered a quiet word of encouragement. I accept the honor on behalf of an understanding family that excuses my surrender to the pen and paper, and a never-ending string of dive-bar dominoes. The calling is a blessing and a curse, an uphill battle that gets steeper everyday it seems, but unthinkable without you.

 
 

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Posted on: July 6th, 2017 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Live Merle Oddity Unearthed

The Merle live at Two Moons in Asheville, NC

 

 

 

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Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by drunkenmaster No Comments

How I Spent My Summer by Morgan C. Geer

I thought a tour-free summer would guarantee me poolside Manhattans but it is not turning out that way.
The biggest news I have is that I’ve begun recording my first solo album. Again trading time between Asheville, NC and Portland, OR, it’s a bit of a departure from what you may have come to know as Drunken Prayer. Heavier in parts, lighter in others, undressed out of necessity. I haven’t been satisfied with the precious song since about last November, change done come. I’ve taken to thinking in all caps and typing with my forehead. I’m playing all the instruments on this one too.
 
This week I’m turning in a grant proposal for a documentary about turn-of-the-millennium era Asheville rock scene. Titled The Decline of Western North Carolina, it’s loosely based around the life and death of Vincent’s Ear coffee house. Logline: An eccentric mountain town loses its creative center of gravity, as seen through the eyes of a now far flung Rock and Roll community. More details to come on that after I hear back about the grant in October. Until then stay away from me unless you want to get interviewed about a virtually uncharted music scene from 20 years ago.
 
Last weekend the Western North Carolina Paranormal Society had our first Sasquatch and UFO hunting expedition of the summer, deep in the woods of southern Appalachia. My experiment to attract cryptids by playing the new Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper remixes and outtakes proved fruitless.
 
Below are my scheduled shows over the next few months.
Plans to relocate to Berlin are temporarily on hold.
 
6/17 – LaZoom Bus Tour – Asheville, NC
6/22 – Test Pattern – Winston-Salem, NC
6/27 – The Lazy Diamond – Asheville, NC
7/02 – Heavy Rebel 4th of July Weekender – Winston-Salem, NC
7/29 – Deer Lodge on the Green – SE Portland, OR
8/04 – The Know – NE Portland, OR
8/11 – Hot August Nights – Forest Grove, OR
8/12 – The Kenton Club – N Portland, OR
8/21 – Total Eclipse of the Sun Party at The Cut Cocktail Lounge – Sylva, NC
8/26 – Static Age – Asheville, NC
8/27 – The Cave – Chapel Hill, NC
9/09 – On Pop of the World – Greensboro, NC
9/15 – New Belgium Brewing – Asheville, NC
10/31 – Halloween Party with Unknown Hinson at The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
 

 

 

 

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Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Morgan Geer Interview: From Fan to Freakwater

By Jordan Mainzer for SINCE I LEFT YOU
 

It’s been a little over a year since Freakwater released one of our favorite albumsof last year, Scheherezade. One of the highlights of the album was the song “Missionfield”, actually a cover of a song by Drunken Prayer, the project of musician Morgan Geer, now a member of Freakwater. Geer’s story is one for the books, his relationship with the band starting out ambiguously and ending with creative influence. Last year, I had the chance to speak with him about playing in Freakwater and offering his creative energy to the band as a musician, composer, and music video director. Read some bits from our conversation below, edited for length and clarity.

 

Since I Left You: How did your relationship with Freakwater start?
 

Morgan Geer: With me and my best friend at the time. She had a cassette someone made her that was a mixtape. There weren’t any band names or titles. My favorite song was [what turned out to be] “My Old Drunk Friend”. For years, I was obsessed with trying to find who did this song. This was kind of pre-internet. Any time I would run into someone who was familiar with alt-country, I would ask them whether they knew the name if I recited some of the lyrics.
 

Nobody knew until I was sitting in Nashville playing with a honky tonk band. There was a bass player named Dave [David Wayne Gay], and he knew [because he was in Freakwater!] I couldn’t believe it. I became kind of a super fan after that. A couple years later, Catherine [Irwin] asked me to help with her Cut You With a Switch solo record. Around that time, Bloodshot [Records] picked up my cover of Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise”, and they put that on one of their compilations. Me and Dave and Catherine toured South by Southwest with that. A couple years later, I did a couple songs with Janet [Beveridge Bean]. In the meantime, Janet asked if I would help them with Scheherazade. I’m still with them [laughs].
 
SILY: What does playing with them allow you to do that playing with Drunken Prayer doesn’t allow you to do, and vice versa?
 
MG: I like playing with other people because you see music through their eyes. You can be kind of a tool for them to help someone else realize their vision. I like doing that with anybody as long as I’m a little sympathetic to the music. With Freakwater, as a fan, you have opinions. When you’re a deep fan, you feel like a sense of ownership because they’ve been with you through different times in your life. I have an opinion of the direction I want them to go. This is an opportunity to be in the band and interpret their vision and get free reign. I was able to be a kid in a candy store with their songs. Having not written any of them, I wasn’t weighed down by the personal experience that drives you to write. Freakwater’s not really much of a stretch from what I do with Drunken Prayer. They’re also not sticklers for technical ability, which is nice. I like playing with them. It’s liberating, in a sense.
 
SILY: How did it feel to have them cover one of your songs on their record?
 
MG: It was surreal. They didn’t tell me about it, and I didn’t find out until I saw the final list of the songs in order. I thought it was a typo. We had so many great songs. Out of 20, they only recorded a dozen songs, so they didn’t need to cover it. I’m glad it’s been well-received. I’m pretty happy the way it turned out.
 
SILY: Did you not even know they had recorded it?
 
MG: I had no clue. I wasn’t there. They probably didn’t want me to talk them out of it. They probably wanted to be liberated from my influence. My version is more fleshed out. They wanted to play it like it was their song. They just took some words and Freakwatered it up.
 
SILY: Tell me about the video for “The Asp and the Albatross” that you directed.
 
MG: I made one video without any kind of guidance. It was like too much with other stuff they had done. It was kind of violent. They wanted it to be less violent and less literal and narrative. We came up with a new thing. I used almost all found footage and whatever cameras they had at home filming their mouths singing the words. It was many late nights editing pieces together of found footage, going through hours and hours. I like doing that kind of thing. It’s tedious, but it’s kind of fun tedious.
 
 

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Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Drunken Prayer Sponsored by Cardas Audio

We’re proud to announce our latest sponsor, CARDAS AUDIO
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Since 1987, Cardas Audio has manufactured premium audio cables and component parts. Using ultra-pure materials, innovative Golden ratio resonance control techniques and uniquely insightful solutions to transmission line problems, you too can now hear every clam with precision clarity.

 

 

 

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Posted on: April 14th, 2017 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Cross-country Tour Dates February – March 2017

I’m just now wrapping up all of my traveling I began in 2016 with Freakwater and The Handsome Family. After a few weeks in Portland, OR recording a new album of originals and a live solo performance, I’m hitting the road once again.

2.16 Bandon Brewing Company – Bandon, OR
2.20 Redwood Bar & Grill – Los Angeles, CA
2.23 Continental Club – Austin, TX
2.24 Sam’s Town Point – Austin, TX
3.13 Static Age  – Asheville, NC (with band)

-MCG

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Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by drunkenmaster

New Video: “Unicorns”

Bananas! This animated video was produced by our long-time collaborator and dear friend Lance Wille who’s also the drummer on our current record, The Devil and The Blues.
Here is “Unicorns”:

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Posted on: February 5th, 2017 by drunkenmaster

Drunken Prayer Supporting The Handsome Family On Western Tour

We’ll be winding up the rest of the touring year supporting our beloved Handsome Family down the American West Coast and through the Southwestern desert. It’s a tremendous thrill to do this tour – they are truly one of the most interesting acts working today and we’re lucky to be on the bill.
Listen to their interviews on Fresh Air here and on Sound Opinions here.
Here’s the itinerary:
11.30 Bellingham, WA – Green Frog
12.01 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
12.02 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
12.03 Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews
12.07 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
12.08 Felton, CA – Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
12.09 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar
12.10 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s
12.13 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
 

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Posted on: November 2nd, 2016 by drunkenmaster

Drunken Prayer European Tour with Freakwater

Once again I have the honor of playing with and opening for one of the most innovative acts working today. I’ll be on tour with Freakwater for the next couple months in The Old World. Do yourselves a favor and go to see a show or buy their newest record, Scheherazade, available on Bloodshot Records, and mine, The Devil and The Blues from Fluff and Gravy Records.

Here’s our itinerary:

9.20 Hamburg, DE – Nachtasyl
9.21 Leipzig, DE – Noels Ballroom
9.22 Berlin, DE – Privatklub
9.23 Nurnberg, DE – Kunstlerhaus
9.24 Ebensee, AT – Cinema
9.25 Zurich, CH – El Lokal
9.26 Vienna, AT – WUK
9.27 Belgrade, RS – Elektropionir Klub
9.28 Zagreb, HR – Mochvara
9.29 Ravensburg, DE – Zehntscheuer
9.30 Verona, IT – Club Il Giardino
10.01 Innsbruck, AT – Waldhüttl
10.02 Frankfurt, DE – Brotfabrik
10.03 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
10.04 Nijmegen, NL – Merleyn
10.05 Groningen, NL – Vera
10.06 Den Haag, NL – Paard Van Troje
10.07 London, UK – Oslo
10.08 Eeklo, BE – N9
10.09 Bristol, UK – Tunnels
10.11 Manchester, UK – The Eagle Inn
10.12 Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
10.13 Newcastle, UK – Cluny
10.14 Waterford, IE – Grimes
10.15 Kilkenny, IE – Cleere’s
10.16 Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
10.19 Malmo, SE – Folk and Rock
10.20 Oslo, NO – Buckley’s
10.22 Utrecht, NL – Ramblin’ Roots Festival
 

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Posted on: September 12th, 2016 by drunkenmaster

2016 Tour Dates With The Handsome Family, Freakwater Announced


I’m very excited to announce two big tours with acts I consider giants of my Art-House-Country world. First it’s Europe in the fall where I’ll be playing with Freakwater. Then I revisit the West coast with The Handsome Family supporting their new album, Unseen.

 

with Freakwater
9.20 Hamburg, DE – Nachtasyl
9.21 Leipzig, DE – Noels Ballroom
9.22 Berlin, DE – Privatklub
9.23 Nurnberg, DE – Kunstlerhaus
9.24 Ebensee, AT – Cinema
9.25 Zurich, CH – El Lokal
9.26 Vienna, AT – WUK
9.27 Belgrade, RS – Elektropionir Klub
9.28 Zagreb, HR – Mochvara
9.29 Ravensburg, DE – Zehntscheuer
9.30 Verona, IT – Club Il Giardino
10.01 Innsbruck, AT – Waldhüttl
10.02 Frankfurt, DE – Brotfabrik
10.03 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
10.04 Nijmegen, NL – Merleyn
10.05 Groningen, NL – Vera
10.06 Den Haag, NL – Paard Van Troje
10.07 London, UK – Oslo
10.08 Eeklo, BE – N9
10.09 Bristol, UK – Tunnels
10.11 Manchester, UK – The Eagle Inn
10.12 Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
10.13 Newcastle, UK – Cluny
10.14 Waterford, IE – Grimes
10.15 Kilkenny, IE – Cleere’s
10.16 Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
10.19 Malmo, SE – Folk and Rock
10.20 Oslo, NO – Buckley’s
10.22 Utrecht, NL – Ramblin’ Roots Festival
 
with The Handsome Family
11.30 Bellingham, WA – Green Frog
12.01 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
12.02 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
12.03 Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews
12.07 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
12.08 Felton, CA – Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
12.09 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar
12.10 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s
12.13 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress

 

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Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by drunkenmaster

The Missionfield

“The Missionfield”, from Into The Missionfield, recently covered by Freakwater on their brilliant new album, Sheherezade.

 

 

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Posted on: April 10th, 2016 by drunkenmaster

The Argument For Not Taking Baths Tour

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Here they are, the first Drunken Prayer tour dates of 2016:

 

2/14 Great Scott – Boston, MA
2/15 3S Artspeed – Portsmouth, NH
2/16 The Bell House – Brooklyn NY
2/20 Zanzabar – Louisville KY
2/21 Riot Room – Kansas City MO
2/27 Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
2/28 Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
3/01 The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
3/02 The Echo – Los Angeles CA
3/04 The Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
3/05 Low Spirits – Albuquerque, NM
3/07 Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX
3/08 The Sidewinder – Austin, TX
3/11 Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
3/12 Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, GA
3/15 The Mill – Iowa City IA
3/18 Hideout Inn – Chicago, IL

 

All shows supporting Freakwater and Jaye Jayle

 

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Posted on: January 4th, 2016 by drunkenmaster

New Year’s Eve with Unknown Hinson and Drunken Prayer

New Years Eve Party at The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC with Unknown Hinson (Squidbillies)
8pm doors, 9pm show. $20 ADV, $25 day of show. ALL AGES. Standing room only.

TICKET LINK
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Posted on: December 28th, 2015 by drunkenmaster

Drunken Prayer Holiday Gift Sale

“It’s Christmastime” vinyl single – $7 also available on Itunes


Drunken Prayer candles – $10

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Shirts – $15

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Patches – $5

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Deer Lodge vinyl single – $7

Like a circle 'round the sun.

Vinyl Into the Missionfield album – $15

Into the Missionfield - Deluxe Edition
Email: drunkenprayer@gmail.com to directly place your order – if placed this week, we can deliver in time for Christmas.

 

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Posted on: December 16th, 2015 by drunkenmaster