Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other, from the rocking, electrified world groove band The Atoll, to the solo acoustic blues of his 2013 release, Streamline, which showcases Morin’s deft fingerstyle guitar. The organic recording style of Streamline features original songs that reference his Native American heritage and life experiences as well as new takes on uncommon covers. Morin’s 2011 release Sing It Louder revisits Morin’s musical origins in Great Falls, Montana, where he cut his teeth picking guitar standards at neighborhood get-togethers. Tim Duffy, president of Music Makers Relief Foundation, describes Morin as “a brilliant guitarist, heartfelt songwriter and soulful singer whose music gives us pause to reflect on life's great rewards.”
The release of Sing It Louder follows close on the international success of Pura Fe Trio Live! A Blues Night in North Carolina, a recording from which Ole Midlife Crisis, a song he wrote and performed with Pura Fé, placed at number 17 on France’s iTunes blues chart in March 2011. Crow tribal member and son of an air force officer, Morin was born in 1962 in Billings, Montana. He spent the bulk of his youth in Great Falls before relocating to Northern, Colorado. There, his musical career started off running with The Atoll, a band he founded in 1989 and that toured nationally, quickly gaining an enthusiastic and devoted following.
With The Atoll and The Pura Fé Trio, and also as a solo artist, Morin has played celebrated venues across the globe, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Lincoln Center in New York City, Paris Jazz Festival, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Folk Alliance International, River People Festival, Shakori Hills Festival and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Morin’s performances have reached millions through national TV in Japan, France and the UK; and national radio in the US (NPR’s Beale Street Caravan), UK (BBC’s Whose London), France (RFI), Switzerland and Belgium. Morin’s musical relationship with Pura Fé began during the stage show Tribe at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix.
His stage credits also include co-authorship of Turtle Island, a 50-member production that played two consecutive years to sold- out audiences in Northern Colorado. With the Red Willow Dancers, Morin was a guest of the internationally renowned Kodo Drummers in Ogi, Japan performing at their 1998 spring festival and other dates in Japan. He has produced or appeared on dozens of recordings, and has toured 22 US states, as well as Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium and the UK. His home base in Colorado is Fort Collins where he has been honored to be included in a public mural depicting popular local musicians and one of his first electric guitars prominently displayed at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
Cary Morin currently performs solo, and with The Pura Fé Trio, and The Cary Morin Band, and with other bands around the mid-west.