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Altadena, California, United States | INDIE

Altadena, California, United States | INDIE
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Long one of L.A.’s most beloved songwriters, Dave Morrison has made the album we’ve long waited for. In an often heartless world, this is music of the heart. Hear his warmly resonant, crystalline baritone singing “Times Like These” glazed with pure acoustic splendor and be nourished. Listen to his soulful singing of yearning for “oars in the current” in “Precious One” and be hopeful again. “Once Myself” is simultaneously sad and exultant, much like life. “Quartzsite” conjures mythic desert echoes of the West. There’s keen and gentle intelligence, humor, depth and compassion. But more than anything, there’s heart. He projects genuinely poignant details of real life in a way few can do with just words and music. With a stunning economy of language and visceral folk-rock feel, he paints dimensional pictures with a delicate blend of words and tunes. Mourn no more about the dearth of meaningful music. Listen to this.

Rating: Five Stars
Paul Zollo, Senior Editor



- American Songwriter Magazine


Dave Morrison is a songwriter's songwriter, but that's nothing new. I've been hearing that from songwriters in the Los Angeles area for many years now who were also describing Dave as one of the great unrecorded songwriters in the area. Times change. Dave has released a great debut solo CD that surely lives up to its promise. More importantly, Dave conveys those songs on stage like he's been doing it his whole life, with passion, presence, and an irascible charm that will win over any audience. Great songs. Great CD. - Russ Paris, Russ & Julie's House Concerts


California based singer/songwriter Dave Morrison has published a new album with 14 self-crafted songs. The CD cover shows David leaving a house with his guitar box in the hand. There’s an advertisement on the wall saying House for Rent (Tenant has become delusional and wandered off…). “A little farther down the line” he grabs his guitar and starts to sing. Jacques Kerouac comes to my mind, on the road…
The CD starts with “Times like these”, a melodic song with great mandolin and violin playing. Dave’s singing is superb no matter if he sings the blues like on the romantic ballad “Halcyon days”, or silent folksongs like “Long Way Gone”. But he also rocks the floor with rhythmic songs like “Everywhere I go”. My favourite song is “Once myself”, a wonderful melodic tune with words full of reminiscence and melancholy. Morrison remembers his youth when watching youngsters living their life with passion, carpe diem… Morrison is an excellent songwriter and he shares his wonderful music with you. Hear the brilliant arrangements, the inspired musicians and Dave’s beautiful singing, and listen to the skilfully written words full of experience and thoughtfulness. May be you’ll agree with me. This is one of the best albums of the genre I’ve heard lately.

Adolf Goriup - Folkworld


Excerpted from review in Maverick magazine UK


Dave Morrison is a storyteller. The fact that these mostly wonderful tales are set to music is an almost incidental but wecome bonus.

It's inevitable that he will draw comparisons with James Taylor, and given the West Coast connection(Morrison hails from LA), Jackson Browne, and the truth is that he probably fits somewhere between the two. Times Like These has the intelligent clarity of Taylor, while Everywhere I Go reflects the freedom and spirit of West Coast rock. To his credit, Dave Morrison apes neither and fills the gap with great originality and style.

Dave Morrison is a singer-songwriter in the best sense. His songs are not designed to be shoe-horned into a neat package. They are unique statements, and for its minor blemishes, A Little Farther Down the Line is on the whole a real gem.
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- Maverick Magazine


Discography

Album: "A Flash of Green" Early nineties.
Album: "A Little Farther Down The Line"
Album: "Shout At The Moon" Dave Morrison Live (Dec. 2010)
All songs from "A Little Farther Down the Line" received airplay, and are available for download at ITunes and other sites. CD available at CDBaby and Amazon.

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For the usual reasons, Dave hasn't been able to tour much till recently. But now he's all in. His friends in California know that he's a special talent. American Songwriter magazine gave his last CD a five-star review, and a senior editor placed it in his top ten albums between Joni Mitchell and Springsteen. Onstage Dave brings a riveting focus to these intelligent, poetic songs.

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Excerpted from review in AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE
"Long one of L.A.'s most beloved songwriters, Dave Morrison has made the album we've waited for ... There's keen intelligence, humor, depth and compassion. But more than anything else, there's heart. He projects genuinely poignant details of real life in a way few can with just words and music. With a stunning economy of language and visceral folk-rock feel, he paints dimensional pictures with a delicate blend of words and tunes. Mourn no more about the dearth of meaningful music. Listen to this. Five Stars" ... Paul Zollo Author of "Songwriters on Songwriting"

"Dave's ability to tell a story and gift for melody touches all who have had the pleasure to see one of Dave's live performances. He's funny and charming and a terrific live performer. And did I forget to say? He's one of the best damn songwriters alive! One of my favorites." ... Jeff Gold , West Valley Music Center Acoustic Music Series

Excerpted from review in MAVERICK MAGAZINE UK
"Dave Morrison is a storyteller. The fact that these mostly wonderful tales are set to music is an almost incidental but welcome bonus.
Morrison is a singer-songwriter in the best sense. His songs are not designed to be shoe-horned into a neat package. They are unique statements, and for its minor blemishes, A Little Farther Down the Line is on the whole a real gem."

"The combination of Dave's lyrics and melodies always seems to go straight to my heart. The impact of his songs is enhanced by his story telling, quirky humor, charm and ability to connect with the audience on a warm and human level."
... Karl Smiley: Producer/Host, Summit Center Concerts, Summit Oregon

"Dave Morrison, songwriter and performer, is my favorite artist in California. His musical storytelling evokes a visual tapestry of tangible emotions and experiences we all have shared as part of the human experience. His memories, and his inventive spirit, lead the way toward romantic imagery and poetry of the soul. I am always impressed by Dave Morrison's capacity for humor and joy in the songs he presents. He is a very prolific writer, and all his compositions are exceptional.
His engaging warmth on stage leaves everyone wanting to come back again and again."
... Marilyn Babcock: Founder and Producer, Topanga Acoustic Music Series, Topanga, Ca.
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"Dave Morrison is a songwriter's songwriter, but that's nothing new. I've been hearing that from songwriters in the Los Angeles area for many years now who were also describing Dave as one of the great unrecorded songwriters in the area.
Times change. Dave has released a great CD that surely lives up to his promise. More importantly, Dave conveys those songs on stage like he's been doing it his whole life, with passion, presence, and an irreverent charm that will win over any audience." ... Russ Paris, Russ & Julie's House Concerts

"With his debut album 'A Little Farther Down The Line'. California songwriter Dave Morrison delivers a fine collection of songs rooted securely in an appealing blend of traditional Folk and the best of the 70's singer-songwriter genre. His voice and approach is natural, accessible and unaffected, as he weaves his stories with subtle lines and a mastery of language that delivers a lingering impact, which continues to yield resonant value with repeated listening.
Dave's songs explore themes of love, longing, dreams and everyday dilemmas, with a wisdom and perspective tempered by time and a sense of melody and hope-tinged melancholy that brings 70's songwriting icons to mind. A fine album, well worth the wait." ... Brett Perkins, Listening Room Concert Series

Dave's Live Album "Shout at the Moon" is due in December.
Currently recording the new studio CD.