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Morgan Geer Interview: From Fan to Freakwater

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

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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Drunken Prayer Sponsored by Cardas Audio

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

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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Cross-country Tour Dates February – March 2017

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

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)

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New Video: “Unicorns”

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

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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Drunken Prayer Supporting The Handsome Family On Western Tour

Posted on: November 2nd, 2016 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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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Drunken Prayer European Tour with Freakwater

Posted on: September 12th, 2016 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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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2016 Tour Dates With The Handsome Family, Freakwater Announced

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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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The Missionfield

Posted on: April 10th, 2016 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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

 

 

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The Argument For Not Taking Baths Tour

Posted on: January 4th, 2016 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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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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New Year’s Eve with Unknown Hinson and Drunken Prayer

Posted on: December 28th, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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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Drunken Prayer Holiday Gift Sale

Posted on: December 16th, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

“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

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

 

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Drunken Prayer to Spend Thanksgiving in Portland, OR

Posted on: November 18th, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Here are the dates:
11/27+28 The Next Waltz  – The Alberta Rose Theatre
12/02 Old Gilbert Road Tavern (solo) with The Mutineers
12/03 Laurelthirst Public House (band) with Nick Peets
12/05 Fluff and Gravy Records House Party (solo) with Hip Hatchet
 

Humongous thanks to Mutiny Studios for the bitchin’ poster!
 

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New Video from Drunken Prayer: “Hand of God” from The Devil & The Blues

Posted on: October 28th, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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.

 

 

 

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Bring On THE DEVIL & THE BLUES

Posted on: August 21st, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

LISTEN AND PURCHASE HERE

 

FINAL

 

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

Personnel:

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

 

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Pre-orders for THE DEVIL & THE BLUES begin today!

Posted on: July 8th, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

“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
 

FINAL
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.

 

 

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Celebrate Independence Day with a New Drunken Prayer Video: “Apologies”

Posted on: July 4th, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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.

 

 
 

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The Devil & The Blues Trivia Pt. 1: Suzie Millions

Posted on: June 1st, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

Suzie Million$

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.

 

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When you get the chance, slap yourself a shady and visit her fun website: SuzieMillions.com

 

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Coming This July “THE DEVIL AND THE BLUES”

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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$.

 

The Devil and The Blues

 

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Drunken Prayer Mostly Solo 2015 Tour

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

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For more details please visit our calendar.
 
 

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KCRW Presents: Drunken Prayer – “Satin Sheets”

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by drunkenmaster No Comments

“…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!

 

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