T. Hardy Morris - Interview
Luck is a pretty cool thing. Recently, luck for me was being in Charleston, SC and finding out that T. Hardy Morris was going to be playing at local venue The Royal American. For those that aren't familiar with him, Morris is a musician that will challenge anyone to define his sound. He reminds me of Neil Young: he can write "Helpless" or "Harvest Moon", but then turn around and write "Like a Hurricane" or "Rockin' in the Free World" just as easily. So when I had the opportunity to to go his show, I went. . . and brought along my recorder.
After chatting with Morris and his band off mic about what it was like to be playing with John Neff, we went back to his van and talked over a couple beers during the opening band's set. We discussed his upcoming album and his process of deciding which songs go on which of his projects (there are many: Dead Confederate, Diamond Rugs, T. Hardy Morris, to name a few). The genuineness of these projects draws me to Hardy as a musician. Not many artists, in my experience, can offer up the range of honesty in all of the genres he plays. In our discussion, Hardy talked about his relationship with John McCauley (Deer Tick), how Diamond Rugs formed, and how his solo albums came about their Alt Rock/Alt Country style.