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“The most twisted storytelling you’ll hear all year”
Blurt Magazine
“Geer comes across like the bastard child of Tom Waits and Merle Haggard”
Portland Mercury
“a quintessential slice of backwoods poetry”
“tender and curiously psychedelic”
“Drunken Prayer’s latest record House of Morgan is a stripped down slice of Americana, with some experimental weirdness and beautiful songwriting. A little Daniel Johnston and a little Moldy Peaches…”
The Horn, UT Austin
“Morgan Geer leads Drunken Prayer through distortion-drenched freakouts and parched garage soul.”
Indy Week, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill
“rough and tumble mad-folk”
The Bluegrass Situation
“‘Is this country?’ I say yes-in the same way that The Silver Jews or Jon Wayne can be considered ‘country’, or Butthole Surfers can be considered ‘art rock’…Just think of it as music for literate underachievers, or the soundtrack to a Blue Velvet style back road joyride.”
Wild American Radio
“Warren Zevon’s medium, showing him the world from the great beyond.”
Portland Mercury, Portland, OR
“Morgan is the real deal…a barking ringleader with chops between Tom Waits and the Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes”
Willamette Week, Portland, OR
“…one part the Band, one part Tonight’s The Night and several parts sinner’s remorse…Bad Seeds-in-New Orleans noir…”
Blurt Magazine
“…a kind of Holy Blues”
– Music News Nashville
“Raw, intimate, powerful…”
– Colin J. Nelson, Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly
“Of all the musicians evoked by Drunken Prayer mastermind Morgan Christopher Geer, the one who most mirrors the Portlander is perhaps Eels’ Mark Oliver. Not in style, per se, but in Geer’s deft hand in encompassing such a wide range of musical influences and executing them, one after another, in a genre-hopping, stream-of-consciousness flood. And on record, he does most of it himself. On last year’s Into The Missionfield, as with the rest of his body of work, Geer drifts between alt-country, psychedelia, jangle pop and Americana, with the compositions glued together by his uniquely blunt cadence.”
Willamette Week, Portland, OR June 12, 2013
iTunes review of Into the Missionfield:
Alt-country folks Drunken Prayer hit upon an eclectic and winning formula for Into the Missionfield. Led by North Carolina–to–Oregon singer/songwriter Morgan Geer, the group sways from straightforward acoustic folk through mild country-rock (check out the Wilco-fired “Balloons”) and sunny pop (“Maryjane”) to a moment during “The Missionfield” where Geer seems to be channeling Jackson Browne. A goofy sense of humor keeps things from getting too precious. “Brazil” opens as a jokey love song that sets up a variety of implausible scenarios. “I Saw It with My Open Two Eyes” and “You Walk” capture the bewildered innocence of Jonathan Richman. The band turns up the electric guitars for the traditional folk tune “Ain’t No Grave” (best known by Johnny Cash) and recalls the charged electric attack of The Beatles’ White Album with “Never Tends to Forget.”
“Every artist should sound so coherent when in the midst of such intoxicating revelry.”
No Depression
“[RELUCTANT POP] The tone—dark, but not without humor—is closer to the amorphous pop songwriting of Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson and, yes, Tom Waits.”
– Willamette Week, Portland, OR
“…it seemed apparent to me that Geer shares similarities to Randy Newman – his lyrics just like Newman’s manage to show a sharp, playfully satirical wit which lies just beneath the surface of even some of the sadder songs on the album. One critic described Drunken Prayer as the sort of band that you’d want to have booked for your own funeral, and I think they were right. I can’t think of any contemporary artist that’s able to write material that encapsulates life in its entirety. It’s simply an exceptional effort by a uniquely talented artist who will probably tell you ‘folks, you might as well go out laughing a bit.'”
“Drunken Prayer enjoys dual citizenship in Portlandia and Americana, though the latter’s more of a summer home, given the band’s wide-ranging predilections. Soul, rag, blues, folk and gospel all move through these tunes, while ringmaster Morgan Christopher Geer reveals himself to be the illegitimate offspring of Tom Waits and Levon Helm.”
– Indy Week, Chapel Hill, NC
“Nuevo Americana at its off-the-cuff best.”
“…a blistering example of bad-assedness.”
Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC

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