Cahalen Morrison & Huck Notari
Acoustic roots music songwriter Cahalen Morrison has a gift for communicating the simple truths of folk music. He hand-crafts songs that sound timeless, and Cahalen clearly knows and loves the early American music from which he draws his inspiration. His guitar picking sounds like the laid-back playing you might have heard at Mississippi John Hurt's fabled community BBQs back in the 1950s, with maybe a guest visit from Doc Watson. Morrison's playing fuses the best of country blues and early country picking into an effortless foundation for his songwriting. And it's his songs that truly shine on his new album, Old-Timey and New-Fangled.
It's not uncommon for songwriters to tap into earthy, organic imagery to lend their songs a rootsy sound, in fact an entire genre of music was born from this recently, but what we like about Cahalen's songs is how natural this imagery sounds with his music. He sounds like he's lived the life and known the life and understands what it means to be connected to the land. Added to his songs, Cahalen's playing on a multitude of acoustic instruments: mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo and slide guitar seems effortless. The fact that his album, "Old-Timey & New-Fangled" was recorded live with family and friends playing along yet sounds as polished as a studio album speaks to Cahalen's mastery of acoustic music making.
A fixture of Portland, Oregon's ever-growing roots music scene, *Huck Notari * has his own unique style of timeless songwriting and beautiful acoustic guitar playing. After forming his band four years ago, Huck has been turning heads at home and abroad with his soft voice and earthy lyrics. His songs are honest and simple. They reflect his passion for living in the country and his hope for brighter days.
Originally from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, *Huck Notari* made his way south to New Orleans as a young man, where he performed on the street as a Charlie Chaplin mime. He then moved west to Oregon where he joined *The Kitchen Syncopators*, a seminal country blues and ragtime band that also featured *Gill Landry* (now with Old Crow Medicine Show) and *Woody Pines*(now touring internationally with his own band).
Huck began his prolific songwriting journey while living alone in a little house in the Oregon countryside. Surrounded by the lush natural landscape, Huck poured his energy onto the page and set the course for his songwriting career. With the release of his second album, *Very Long Dream*, in 2009, Huck has been busy touring along the West Coast and through Ireland. This new album features a veritable who's-who of Portland's roots scene, but throughout, Huck's earthy voice and soothing guitar/piano playing steer the music towards a gentler side of folk. *Very Long Dream* shows an artist with a firm grasp not only on the rich heritage of American folk music, but the same burning need for truth that originally built this heritage.
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