Todd Royce Morton

Todd Royce Morton

BandBluesRock

Jazzy Blues & Bluesy Rock. Acoustic and Electric. Solo, Trio, and beyond.

Biography

Todd Royce Morton grew up in the small-town art community of Brattleboro, VT, during the burgeoning commercial blues boom and pop cleverness of the 1980s. His formative years are characterized by these popular trends and an innate interest in 1950’s bebop and 1960's psychedelic blues-rock. Todd was embraced early on in his hometown as an up and coming talent, through newspaper features and sold out concerts. A guitarist since the age of 7 and a singer-songwriter since the age of 12, Morton is equally comfortable in his roles as electric guitar slinger, band frontman, and acoustic troubadour. Blues, rock, jazz improvisation, and pop music form the foundation of the [now] Maine resident’s sound, whether he's playing solo, with the Todd Royce Trio, in his four-piece function band "FunkyTown" or as a sideman. The breadth of his experience and performance formats is a testament to his musicianship and appeal.

After studying for 2 years at Berklee College of Music on a merit scholarship, Morton was recruited to join the nationally known swing band, “Eight To The Bar.” For the remainder of the 1990's he toured as "Todd Royce" with "Eight to The Bar," playing upwards of 250 nights per year. He has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in blues, including Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, and Johnny Winter. As a sideman he has played and recorded with members of Van Morisson's band, the Saturday Night Live Band, Roomful of Blues and David Crosby's "CPR."

His high level of play over the last 15 years has brought him to some of the country's greatest venues and events, like The Newport Jazz Festival, Irving Plaza, Rockefeller Plaza, Toad's in New Haven, Disney's Atlantic Boardwalk Ballroom, Yankee Homecoming, Pearl Street & The Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA), The Rockport Maine Lobster Fest, Northampton Center for the Arts, Biker Week (Laconia, NH), Seacoast Repertory Theatre, The Lotos Club (NYC), Harper's Ferry (Boston), John Hancock Center, The Superdome in New Orleans, and ESPN's X-Games.

Todd's two CDs of original material, "Step into the light" and “Waiting for you” have received rave reviews from major music critics and fans. Songs from both CDs have been featured on FM radio in Maine, New Hampshire, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, and on the internet and have been chosen for prestigious artist compilations. He has also composed music for film and multimedia. Guitar and music fans of all ages continue to recognize Todd Royce Morton as a master of his instrument and craft.

Lyrics

What I Need

Written By: Todd Royce Morton

Sweet forgiveness
True belief
New religion
This is what I need

This is what I need
Can you give it to me?
This is what I need

No conditions
One true thing
Room to wander
Time to bleed

This is what I need
Can you give it to me?
This is what I need

There is wisdom
Hidden in the silence
It's a revelation

This is what I need
Can you give it to me?
This is what I need

Listen to your heart

Written By: Todd Royce Morton

Listen to your heart now
And it will show you the way
Hear how it beats so loud
Talking to the blood in your veins

The heart is to the mind
What the compass is to the lost traveler

listen to your doubts now
isn't it clear what they say?
Hear how they scream so loud
Telling you to run away

The doubt sits in the mind
Like the compass in the hand of the lost traveler

A voice in the distance
A voice out of time
Comes to my ears
Through this heart of mine

Listen to your heart now
And it will show you the way
Hear how it beats so loud
Talking to the blood in your veins

Listen to your heart

Waiting for you

Written By: Todd Royce Morton

There's a true confession on the tip of my tongue.
There's a revelation under my thumb.
There's a victory dance in my shoes.
But I count the days waiting for you.

I'm waiting for you
As long as I breathe
I'm waiting for you

I can feel my heart beat under my skin.
I can feel the moon over my head.
I can see the mountains. I can see the trees.
I can lie on the cold ground.
I can swim in the sea.
But I can't see me. I'm out of view
So it all means nothing.
I'm waiting for you

I'm waiting for you
As long as I breathe
I'm waiting for you

Upscale Gypsy

Written By: Todd Royce Morton

There must be a hundred ways
To build a wall
There must be a hundred more
To make it fall
I'm looking out at the harbor
I might swim across it
I'm talking to your daughter
She seems a little lost

There must be a thousand ways
To get off track
There must be a thousand more, child
To find the way back
I've been out to the edge of the earth
To the bottom of the ocean
One thing I've come to believe
You've got to stay in motion

I'm walking barefoot in my shoes
I'm an upscale Gypsy
Walking barefoot in my shoes
200 miles from Poughkeepsie

There must be a million ways
To pay your dues
There must be a million more
To exorcise your blues
I lost a dear, dear friend too soon
My little world was shattered
Something that I have come to understand
Love is all that matters

There must be a billion ways
To make it to the end
There must be a billion more
To come back again
The moon is over the horizon
Across the globe it's dawn
I'm starting to see the bigger picture
Nobody's ever gone

Walking barefoot in my shoes
I'm an upscale Gypsy
Walking barefoot in my shoes
200 miles from Poughkeepsie

Discography

"Step into the light" 2002
"Waiting for you" 2005

Set List

Here's a list of typical tunes for an evening with the full band. Original songs are in boldface:

steppin (soulive)
SOMETIMES RAIN
INDECISION
i can't get next to you (temptations)
true to myself (ziggy marley)
it stoned me (van morrison)
WHAT I NEED
ONE WAY TICKET
FEELING GOOD
coming up (mccartney)
STEP INTO THE LIGHT
hey pocky way (neville brothers)
yellow moon (neville borthers)
But anyway (blues traveler)
Cold shot (stevie ray vaughan)
Harvest moon (neil young)
Higher ground (stevie wonder)
Is this love (marley)
It’s your thing/love the one (isley/csn)
Norwegian wood (beatles)
One way out (allman)
Piece of your soul (storyville)
Politician (cream)
Purple haze (hendrix)
Rockin in the free world (neil young)
Roses are free (ween)
Save me (D. Matthews)
Spanish Moon (little feat)
pride and joy (stevie ray vaughan)
So What (miles davis)
Boozer (john scofield)
DIM SUM
WAITING FOR YOU