“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
“a quintessential slice of backwoods poetry” – KCRW, LA
“tender and curiously psychedelic” – PopMatters
The two songs on this limited edition 45 single put out on Deer Lodge Records are a salute to The Band (“Evangeline”) and Willis Alan Ramsey (“Satin Sheets”). Morgan Geer recorded and plays most of the instruments here. “Evangeline” is a duet and features Janet Beveridge Bean from Freakwater, Eleventh Dream Day and Horse’s Ha.
HOUSE OF MORGAN
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.
The gut-bucket guitars and keys are dense, bluesy and psychedelic; the horn arrangements are as loose and buoyant as a New Orleans Jazz funeral. Best of all, the lyrics are as sweet as they are damning.
How hard is it to add a QUALITY song to the piles of overdone Christmas songs we’ve heard since the dawn of recorded sound (I’m looking at you, Bing Crosby)? Let’s ask Morgan Geer, Portland’s (and Asheville, NC’s) answer to Waits/Dylan. Here he’s written & recorded a nasty holiday ode to his baby (who’s out “ho ho ho-ing around”). Instead of the more countrified backing Geer usually brings to the stage & studio, this version of the band sounds like they’ve come all the way from New Orleans – but from what I gather, The Krektones are a trio from Asheville, NC, and Geer’s brought them in to back him… perfectly.
The records are red vinyl, and according to the dude from the label, every single sleeve was assembled by hand & hand numbered in a pressing of 550. Mine’s #33 – it’s a record thing, you wouldn’t (or maybe would) understand. Nice to have some of the Drunken Prayer magic on wax, after wearing down copies of the 2 CDs into shards of plastic dust over the last few years.
– Jeffrey Larson, Sonic Recollections, 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
The debut Drunken Prayer record is nearly sold out. Do yourself a happy and see what all the fuss is about.
“…a blistering example of bad-assedness.”
– Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC
Limited edition woodblock prints in hand-crafted recyclable sleeves on CDR. Recorded live in the punk rock parking lot of Guitar Centaur with THE Sam Henry (The Wipers) on drums, recently inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
Short sleeve tee shirt, white on black – contact us below for availability.
Of course, all this and more is available at the shows.