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The Wesley Morgan Opening for Chris Isaak @ The Mountain Winery - July 22, 2011

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Published on Jul 23, 2011

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Do-over of 1500 people's applause so I could capture it on video tape. Sorry it's a bit shaky. I got the call to open for Chris Isaak at 3pm, showed up, did my thing, and this is what went down.

Wesley Morgan is the purveyor of the finest Swamp Noir this side of Mission Creek. Wesley is fascinated by life's margins. He enjoys watching stark contrasts fight each other in bare-knuckled brawls to the death. These moments are captured by such lines as, "Tell me little girl, are you a sinner or a saint? / Down on your knees, no hint of restraint."

Wesley bangs out junkyard swing that is ragged and raw, with melodies that drop off, bend, and crack. His songs are full of swamp noir imagery consisting of charming devils and angels with broken wings. It's broken-down blues rolling out of a Saturday night juke joint and stumbling drunk into Sunday morning redemption.

Wesley's solo show might only consist of voice and guitar, but don't make the mistake of thinking he sounds like every other singer-songwriter strumming away in the coffee bars. His guitar style covers the full spectrum, from rock-solid bass-lines to a cracking backbeat. Wesley often employs live-looping to help flesh out his sound, creating two to four part harmonies and growl based beats.

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