DJ Morrison

DJ Morrison

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

DJ Morrison is a singer/songwriter and guitarist with a style that encompasses styles such as blues, bluegrass, jazz, and folk.

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Biography

Over the past ten years, DJ has performed locally and regionally in a number of capacities. He has accompanied and produced several local acts and performed as a solo artist. Whether in a studio or on a stage, his talent is frequently praised:

“Some of the best live vocals I have ever heard!” – Jon Alford Rogersville Heritage
Foundation.

“…fresh, passionate, and extremely well done.” - .W. Ross - Indie Music Stop

“D.J. Morrison is a lovely, fluid guitarist” - Matthew Everett - Metro Pulse

“Morrison's lifelong idolizing of guitar legends assures intricate and technical playing, be it electric or acoustic” - Jer Cole - Knoxville News Sentinel

DJ has been featured on numerous local radio and television programs on stations such as WBIR-TV, WIVK, WDVX, WUOT and WMTN, and he has performed at some of the areas finest venues, festivals, and theatres; a few include the Capitol Theatre, Barley’s Taproom, Market Square, Camperfest. He also spends some of his time giving guitar lessons.
DJ has participated and has placed in several prestigious guitar and songwriting competitions from Georgia to Indiana and just about everywhere in between. He was a local finalist placing second to national winner, Andy Wood in Guitar Center’s National guitar competition “Guitarmageddon” in 2003. Most recently, DJ was a finalist in the prestigious Eddie’s Attic songwriting competiton.
These days, besides moonlighting for local greats such as: Mountain Soul, Brendon James Wright, Wade Hill, Sonny Smith (Nation Banjo Champion), Jonathan Maness (Of Mountain Soul and the Dixe Beeliners), Daniel Kimbro (of Mountain Soul and the Lovell Sisters), The Wordplayers, Sheila Gordon, and many others, DJ fills his calendar playing shows with his new band; properly called, The DJ Morrison Band. The band features Carey Archer on piano and organ, Clint Mullican on bass, and Tony Karnowski on drums.
His latest project, titled “Beautiful World”, is a small collection of songs showcasing his unique songwriting and arranging. “A lover of most styles of music, Morrison combines aspects of bluegrass, jazz, blues, folk and country when crafting his comprehensive, original material. The mood of the album is positive and inspirational with songs dedicated to wife and child and offers comfort and advice to those struggling with the usual human hang-ups.” – Jer Cole - Knoxville News Sentinel

A few words from DJ:

I wanted to post something a little more personal in this space for the "true believers". If you've actually read through all that was posted above, chances are...you're actually probably a little interested.
I could use this space to talk about where I come from, where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and where I plan to go, but I don’t think that would really tell you a thing about why my music SOUNDS the way it does—well, maybe a little, but—I think the REAL "bio" is in the telling of who has influenced me musically. To be succinct as possible – when I listen to my own music I think, “It’s almost there.”
What I mean is this: I’ve been influenced by so many genres and musicians’ styles within those genres that it’s hard to say that my music is “this” or “that.”
I think what I do is I try to combine everything that has moved me from every style that I’ve been exposed to in the great hope of creating the “perfect” blend of sounds—the perfect “recipe”, if you will. But the problem is that I’m continually influenced by new stuff, and by things that I never noticed before in the old; so in the end I step out of my skin and try to look at it from every point of view that I can think of and mutter, “It’s almost there.”

I'd like to use this space to try to maintain a list of influences going back as far as I can remember.
I’ll try to be somewhat chronological, and I'm earnestly going to try to come back to the list to update it when I stumble across something new. Hopefully, this will give you a pretty good idea of what moves me and what has helped to shape my sound. Regardless of all that, It'll be fun for me to do.

Here goes...

Jim Croce – 6yrs old, lying on the floor listening to “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim”—This is the first music that I can remember in my life.
‘80s Big Hair Rock – Yup, I’m an 80s kid
Whatever was on the radio – I used to sit in my room for hours with my first guitar – a cheap open-headstock type (I think my brother bought it at a yard sale for something like $5) with three strings randomly placed and randomly tuned – and I would just pluck out melodies and make up what sounded like triads or chords that fit the songs.
My grandfather, Ken Horton – “Three chords and the truth” at age 14 – I will forever be grateful.
Old gospel hymns
Appalachian Music Compilation Tapes and CDs – Yeah, like the stuff you buy at Cracker Barrel
Popular Country Music
Eric Clapton – I was 16, and I bought the Unplugged album. I had no idea at the time that this would be one of the most

Lyrics

Shadow

Written By: DJ Morrison

I WORRY I MIGHT BE
A LITTLE BIT CRAZY
SOMETIMES
THAT IS UNTIL I GET AROUND
TO THINKING I’M SINKING
MY TEETH INTO SOMETHING WONDERFUL.
SOMETHING EDIFYINGLY SAFE AND SOUND

ITS 4 O’CLOCK; I’M 10 FT. TALL AND THIN
AND I’VE GOT NO FURTHER TO FALL
AS FOR THE COLOR OF MY SKIN
IT MEANS NOTHING AT ALL
I’M JUST A SHADOW ON THE WALL

I LEAD AND I FOLLOW
I’VE SEEN YOU BEG AND BORROW BEFORE
BUT DON’T WORRY; I’LL NEVER TELL
THE HEAT COMES YOUR WAY AND
I OFFER A LITTLE SHADE FROM THE SUNLIGHT
WHEN IT’S GETTING HOT AS HELL

I’M LIGHTER THAN AIR
BUT STILL ANCHORED TO THE GROUND
AND IN CASE YOU’RE UNAWARE
I’LL NEVER WEIGH YOU DOWN
I’M JUST A SHADOW ON THE GROUND

SO STEP INTO MY RING
AND I’LL RING YOUR BELL
I’VE COME TO BLOWS BEFORE
IN CASE YOU COULDN’T TELL
I’M A PRIZEFIGHTER IN MY PRIME
AND I THINK IT’S JUST ABOUT TIME FOR YOU TO SEE
YOU CAN STEP ALL OVER ME
AND I WON’T FEEL A THING

I’D LIKE TO HAVE A WORD
WITH THE FATHER OF THE PHRASE
AND FIND OUT WHAT HE WAS THINKING ABOUT
ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY
SURE AS SUNLIGHT GIVES ME STRENGTH AND DARKNESS WILL ERASE
I’VE NEVER GIVEN ANYBODY ANY KIND OF DOUBT
THAT MUCH I CAN SAY

I CAN BARELY BREATH IN FRONT OF A TV SET
I’D GIVE YOU A DOLLAR IF YOU WOULD GET
OUTSIDE AND SET ME FREE
I THINK IT’S JUST ABOUT TIME FOR YOU TO SEE ME
FOR WHO I AM
IT’S WHO WE ARE
EVERY MAN IS A
SHOOTING STAR
SO CLOSE YOUR EYES
MAKE A WISH
BUT DON’T BE SURPRISED
IF IT’S NOT WHAT YOU GET
SOMEBODY’S WATCHING YOU
SOMEBODY’S WATCHING YOU

Lullaby

Written By: DJ Morrison

It's 2 am
And you're crying.
I'll do whatever I can
to keep you from lying
awake in bed.
Tonight
Sleep tight
while I sing you a lullaby.

I will hold you
'til the end of time.
I won't let you
outgrow these arms of mine.
Try as you will.
Try as you might.
You'll never leave
my dreams tonight.

I will show you
everything I can.
It's not below you
to be a better man.
Try if you will.
Try if you can.
Try, and if you fail
you try again.

I will give you advice
when you need it.
Keep your eyes to the sky
when you feel defeated.
Be humble, but be strong.
Carry on.
Sing your song
in the face of the world.

I will tell you the truth
even when it hurts.
Before you head through the roof
think first.
Be your mother's son.
Don't have too much fun.
Regrets - have none.
And don't forget where you come from.

Don't dream in black and white.
Say your prayers at night.
There's a time to run and hide,
and there's a time to fight.

I will hold you
'til the end of time.

Blow Your Kiss

Written By: DJ Morrison

IF I RUN
DON’T LET ME GO TOO FAR
SOMETIMES MY HEART IS HARDER THAN MY HEAD
WRITING IT IN A BOOK THAT WON’T BE READ
WOULD YOU STAY
BUT DON’T LET ME BRING YOUE DOWN
MAYBE I LIKE THE SOUND OF I LOVE YOU
BUT SOMETIMES THAT’S HARD TO DO
EVEN WHEN I CAN’T STAND TO SEE YOU WALK AWAY
NO DON’T YOU WALK AWAY LIKE THAT
I’LL FIND A WAY TO DO
ALL THAT I SAY TO YOU
MIGHT FIND IT’S HIGH TIME TO
SEE THE SUN SHINING THROUGH
THE DAY
JUST BLOW YOUR KISS MY WAY
IF I FLY
DON’T LET ME GO TOO HIGH
BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW IF I’D EVER COME BACK DOWN
TO HOLD ON TO THE MEMORY OF THE SOUND
OF MY OWN TWO FEET
STEPPING WITH THE SOLID BEAT OF A FAITHFUL HEART
MAYBE IT’S ALL TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
BUT I WON’T WASTE ANOTHER DAY
HAVING ALL YOUR KISSES BLOWN AWAY
BY THE WINDS OF A JEALOUS SOUL
LIFT UP YOUR HEAD AND SMILE
I’LL MAKE IT ALL WORTH WHILE
SHOW YOU LOVE IN STYLE
MILE AFTER FAITHFUL MILE
EVERY DAY
JUST BLOW YOUR KISS MY WAY
EVERY DAY
JUST BLOW YOUR KISS MY WAY

© DJ Morrison : All Rights Reserved

Discography

Beautiful World: May 2008.

Set List

Set lists mostly consist of Morrison's original material picked from a list of about 40 original songs. Other than that, the occasional blues, bluegrass or jazz staple could be heard in the midst of covers from artists such as Nickel Creek, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, or - who knows - maybe a little U2 or Sting. (The number of songs and length of sets is usually determined at the venue).