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Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
Teddy Morgan is a young, hotshot blues guitarist from Minneapolis transplanted to Austin. His second album, Louisiana Rain, highlights both his strengths and weaknesses. His most valuable asset is a rare touch on the guita... more »
Teddy Morgan is a young, hotshot blues guitarist from Minneapolis transplanted to Austin. His second album, Louisiana Rain, highlights both his strengths and weaknesses. His most valuable asset is a rare touch on the guitar that allows him to invent fresh, single-note lines even as he stays firmly within his syncopated grooves. His liabilities include a so-so voice and a tendency to write second-rate imitations of familiar blues standards. When he tackles other people's songs,such as Don Covay's "Take This Hurt Off Me," Geno Delafose's "Baby Don't Leave Me," and Jimmy Rogers' "You're the One," the strengths outweigh the weaknesses. Morgan gets valuable help from such guest musicians as Kim Wilson, Gene Taylor and Gurf Morlix. --Geoffrey Himes
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When Teddy was still swamp
Narizdura La Carretera | El Lay, USA | 05/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album presents Teddy Morgan the way he played and toured in an earlier phase of career, when his music was heavily swamp-oriented a la eastern Texas/western Louisiana. I have all of Teddy's albums and for me this one is still the best, both in terms of playing and songwriting.
Lost Love & Highways is a close second. By the time he recorded LL&H he was making a conscious move towards alt country. I'm sure his heart's in that style as well, but I can't help feeling when I listen to that album and what came afterwards that at least part of the motivation is commercial. Not to second-guess the man, but when I listen to him play I still feel that his heart belongs to swamp. If that genre were more popular I'll bet Teddy would have stuck with it.
Yet this style of music, done well, is so rare today, I feel that if Teddy had hung in there with his original instincts, he would eventually have been recognized.
Two of the best songs he's written so far - two of the best swamp-oriented songs I've ever heard, period - are on this album, "Louisiana Rain" and "Take This Hurt Off Me."
One more thing, the cat's a killer guitarplayer, a fact that just doesn't come off his recordings but does in his live shows. And on this album. For tone freaks, this is the one.
Teddy, I'll be waiting for you when you come back to swamp."