Texas troubadour Gurf Morlix brings "The Soul and The Heal" to The Palms on Thursday, Oct. 18

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Austin, Texas-based musician Gurf Morlix (pictured) will play a CD release show at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Thursday, Oct. 18. Blackie Farrell will open. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22.

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Veteran roots music singer, songwriter, producer, guitar-slinger and Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee Gurf Morlix is touring the country in support of his ninth release, “The Soul & The Heal,” including a show at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Oct. 18 starting at 8 p.m. Country singer and songwriter Blackie Farrell will open. Tickets are $22 ($18 with student ID). According to film star and writer/director Ethan Hawke, “If you are serious about music, you might want to get serious about Gurf Morlix. Part alt country, part blues, part literature – every one of Gurf’s albums are excellent – but ‘The Soul & The Heal’ is the best.” Morlix appeared in and worked with Hawke on the just-released biopic “Blaze,” a film that tells the sad and poetic tale of Morlix’s best friend, Texas singer-songwriter Blaze Foley, who died an untimely and violent death in the 70s. In the last 40-plus years, Morlix has provided numerous indelible musical moments, and helped craft the “Austin sound.” Key contributions include his guitar and production work with Lucinda Williams, his instrumental accompaniment to artists ranging from Blaze Foley to Warren Zevon, his production of watermark albums for artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Gauthier and Slaid Cleaves – and a series of nine solo records that have a singular worldview that’s both harrowing and heartening, often at the same time. Glide Magazine said Morlix’s latest release has “fierce guitar with the devil just behind it,” while the lyrics are “infused with hope.” The record’s title, “The Soul and The Heal,” gives a clue to the songwriter’s signature way with words, bending and shaping them to communicate in a voice both clever and insightful. The Morlix says that the title speaks to “the healing of the soul from all the damage we inflict on ourselves.” Songwriter and musician Kevin “Blackie” Farrell will open the show. Farrell’s songs have been recorded by a roots music who’s who including Leo Kottke, Tom Russell, Robert Earl Keen, Dave Alvin, Michael Martin Murphy, Bill Kirchen, Commander Cody, Ray Campi, Jerry Lee Lewis, Asleep at the Wheel and Chris O’Connell. While Farrell has been active as a songwriter and musician for decades, he released his first album, “Cold Country Blues,” in 2016. The record draws from across Farrell’s catalog. Songs such as “Mama Hated Diesels” and “Sonora’s Death Row” that became classics as covers by Commander Cody, Bill Kirchen, Robert Earl Keen and others finally get Farrell’s own treatment, and are joined by previously unrecorded ballad “Jim Donny’s Gold.” None other than Gurf Morlix produced the record. Farrell says having the CD is “a personal and professional validation stamp that’s been sorely lacking in my career as a singer-songwriter.” He added that having something to finally give fans is a “big fat bass from my bucket list that’s now hangin’ on the stringer.” “Blackie is an insightful straight-to-the-bone storyteller,” said Bill Kirchen. “He has provided me with at least one song per every album I have recorded, and is on my very short list of all-time favorite songwriters.” Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com, www.gurfmorlix.com and www.blackiefarrell.com. ]]>

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