Lauren Morrow’s Wit and Storytelling Knack Fuels Self-Titled Debut
Georgia native Lauren Morrow, whom some might know from her time with Americana band The Whiskey Gentry, has stepped out with her own self-titled debut EP, recruiting some of Nashville’s finest players along the way.
The end result is a top-notch, four-track country offering; one rooted in the genre’s sonic and storytelling traditions, tied together with life experience and wit.
Opening track “Viki Lynn” is a twangy, mid-tempo introduction that serves as a biographical piece on the singer’s mother. Says Morrow, “I kept thinking about when you see old pictures of your mom when she’s young, and you think, ‘you’re so beautiful.’ And the older you get, the more you realize that your parents were people before you existed.”
From there, we move to “I Don’t Think About You At All,” a tender waltz that is more about tuning out the negative noise around you than it is about a breakup, and “Mess Around,” an accessible, yet ambitious team effort featuring a whimsical solo from former Deer Tick member Robbie Crowell on keys.
Don’t let the easygoing sound of plodding closing ballad “Barbara Jean” fool you; it’s about the disappearance of an elderly woman after an argument with her husband, written from the perspective of the old man (and suspected killer) himself – another nod to Morrow’s creative storytelling ability.
As for the supporting cast, it includes Crowell, Morrow’s husband Jason (guitar), Jerry Pentecost (drums), Whit Wright (pedal steel), Ted Pecchio (bass), and Adam Meisterhans (guitar). The group’s world-class musicianship was tied together by producer/engineer Parker Cason to make this impressive first showing a reality.
I Don’t Think About You At All