Gurf Morlix was born in Lackawanna, New York, saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, formed a band in which Peter Case made his stage debut, moved to Austin to escape the cold and play music, befriended Blaze Foley and a bunch of other Austin characters, moved to Los Angeles, worked for more than a decade as Lucinda Williams’ guitarist, band-leader and backing vocalist, produced Lucinda’s acclaimed “Sweet Old World” and eponymous albums, famously left Lucinda, toured with Warren Zevon, moved back to Austin, produced a number of classic Americana albums you likely own if you are any kind of Americana music fan, played on many more albums you probably own if you fall into that category, got inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame (2004), received the Americana Music Association’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” award (2009), went on to make seven critically acclaimed albums of his own, and then toured the world supporting them.
If you attended the Sunday Roadhouse 10/30/11 screening of the Blaze Foley documentary “Duct Tape Messiah”, you’ll remember that following the film Morlix performed a very special set of music interspersed with stories from his long friendship with Blaze who lived with him on and off for several years before he was murdered.
Having been exposed to Foley’s music, Ethan Hawke was compelled to produce and direct the 2018 biopic “Blaze” in which he cast Gurf to play the role of “Gurf”!
Gurf is touring in support of his tenth solo album “Impossible Blue” which draws back the curtain to show the mad wizard at work. More confessional than his solo albums have ever been, Morlix cuts some of his heaviest grooves with this release and this collection of tunes makes the body want to be alive.
“Turpentine” (Live on KUTX) – http://kutx.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/190206-Gurf-Morlix-TK-1.mp3