Buffalo, New York native Gurf Morlix has been described as a multi-talented tour de force, and he lives up to that label on his latest outing, Last Exit to Happyland.
Writing, performing and producing his own work has left Happyland with the undeniable stamp of this musical genius, exposing intricate insight into the Austin, Texas resident’s stirring dust bowl Americana oeuvre. Bringing in talented vocalists’ like Ruthie Foster on "Drums from New Orleans" and Patty Griffin on "She’s a River" and "I Got Nothin’," Morlix has enabled Happyland’s broad roots rock canvass to keep an up-tempo pace that sustains the listener to the last recorded note. Along with Barbara Kooyman on backup harmony, Morlix dedicates the disc’s high point, "Music You Mighta Made," to fellow traveler Blaze Foley.
Produced at Morlix’s Rootball Studios in Austin, Last Exit to Happyland takes Gurf Morlix’s gravelly sing-song delivery and elevates his art to an utterly transfixing level. A true gem.
Last Exit to Happyland is out now on Rootball Records.