Cary Morin Streamline Self-ReleasedA man and a guitar, a lot of soul, and an understanding of the history of soulful men with guitars in American music can sometimes achieve this kind of timelessness in their work - if they have the chops. Cary Morin has the chops and is one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today. There are performances on "Streamline" that would stand out, variously, among the old-school delta blues pliers, the Greenwich Village folk crowd at the end of the 1950s, the back-to-nature bards of the late '60s, or today's thriving singer/songwriter scene. Morin references all these styles: they're in his vocabulary, but he's no dilettante. His engaging sound is his alone.
"Streamline" is just Morin - man and guitar. Most of the songs are his own compositions (he's also a fine lyricist) but he re-imagines a couple of great oldies, including the Bee Gees' early hit "To Love Somebody", and The Grateful Dead's "Tennessee Jed". We may be prejudiced but we also like Morin's own up-tempo blues "Tulsa".
He sings in his comfortably worn-in voice, "…think I'll go back down to Tulsa: got some people down there: I'll have a place to lay my head: live among some people who care."
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"Streamline" Review by Michael CanterA live studio recording with no post editing or overdubs, Streamline by Cary Morin is a down-home, laid back acoustic blues album that shines thanks to stellar songwriting and Morin's dexterous finger-picking guitar style. Rich and resonant, Streamline is a synthesis of traditional folk, blues, bluegrass and Americana styles that perfectly meshes into Cary Morin's own brand of singer-songwriter eclecticism. This release further establishes Morin as a talented, homegrown American original.
Streamline should rate highly on the list of fan favorites for those who enjoy this particular brand of blues and Americana. The finger work is an intricate portrait of energy and infectious virtuosity that drives Morin's lamenting, soulful vocals. There are times when Cary Morin borders the edges of pure classical music, with guitar subtleties that simultaneously capture the fullness and restraint of acoustic music's original chorale. As reviewers, it is important to exercise our abilities to separate the instrumentals from the vocals but Morin takes away the heavy lifting thanks to a whirlwind of sounds that he creates with his guitar. It is often magical and always inspirational to listen to the output of a master craftsman and Morin certainly qualifies.
Songs like Here And Now, Family Ties and Old Guitar invoke our most subliminal reflections and transmit us, as listeners, to the highest reaches of Cary Morin's emotions. Between You & Me has an almost Fats Waller nostalgia/revivalist feel, and here Morin's finger-picking becomes a beautiful machine, full of syncopation and open-string voicings, just forceful enough to command our attention and yet almost percussive in nature. The cover of The Grateful Dead's Tennessee Jed is chill-inducing thanks to an exceptional uptempo arrangement that is both clever and innovative, a free-associative roll that may be one of the better interpretations I've heard. It is that upbeat, yet dense reworking that perfectly defines Cary Morin as an artist. And while one voice and a single guitar could feasibly get redundant at times, it is Cary Morin's rich voice and instrumental inflections that keep this album sounding fresh, as each acts as a counterbalance relief from the other.
Cary Morin is a virtuosic guitarist of the highest order, and listeners of this LP will bear witness to a master of both instrument and craft. The restraint and clarity on this recording is what makes Streamline such a great listen By finding a fresh approach to old forms, Morin cleverly distills the essence of pure finger-picking Americana, placing himself at the forefront of the modern spirit of the genre by incorporating a (slightly) more contemporary feel through his unique style and arrangements.
But the true get is Morin himself. Immerse yourself in this record and delicately separate the instrumentals from the vocals and you will find yourself in the presence of an incomparable performance.
Streamline - Scene Magazine June 2013Cary Morin’s new 12-song collection follows his 2011 release, Sing It Louder. Streamline might be named after the classic aluminum trailer, or it might describe the recording process of this soon-to-be classic CD. According to Morin, the songs were recorded live in the studio with no post editing or overdubbing. Described as Native Americana Fingerstyle Blues, Cary’s style of acoustic guitar playing and singing is his own take on classic blues of an era gone by. “Here And Now” opens the CD with a smooth guitar riff and soon describes a sad day in a town besieged by wildfires, lamenting the fires that threaten to destroy his own personal life. Heavy stuff perhaps but true to the blues we all have in our lives occasionally. Cary’s unique guitar lines weave a common thread throughout the CD. “To Love Somebody,” yes that’s right, a Gibb Brothers’ cover, features a subtle strumming guitar, letting the lyrics of this classic love song rise to the top. Cary’s years of band experience show in his selection of two other covers on the CD, one being the Grateful Dead’s “Tennessee Jed.” The song is transformed into a Dust Bowl-era tune with alternating bass lines one might believe to be played by a bassist. The last song on the CD, “Old Guitar”, is a love song tribute to Morin’s old guitar – the same guitar that leads Cary around the world, but always back to Fort Collins.
"...The North Carolina-based blues singer accompanies herself with haunting swells from a lap guitar, which combine eerily with the fiery electric guitar riffs by Cary Morin..."
Fort Collins Museum of History
Local Musician Cary Morin is honored with a permanent exhibit at The Fort Collins Museum of History
Cary is a member of the Crow tribe, and his annual trips to Crow Fair in Montana with his family provided a strong foundation for his musical style. 'Music was my best friend when I was a kid, and continues to be,' he says. 'Everyone I know besides my family I met through my guitar.' "
Top Colorado Blues Artistshttp://thecoloradosound.com/2012/07/02/news-notes-and-spins-july-1-2012/
Top 5 Colorado Blues/Rhythm & Blues Artists
1. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
4. Papa Juke – Out Of The Blues
5. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder
Cary Morin Featured in Jazz Alley Muralhttp://cmsimg.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?NewTbl=1&Site=g2&Date=20110429&Category=connections&ArtNo=104290804&Ref=PH&Item=1&Maxw=620&Maxh=465&q=60
Local musician Cary Morin walks beneath the audience portion of a large mural by Terry McNerney that was part of the Jazz Alley unveiling outside first floor of The Mitchell Block, 262 E. Mountain Ave. April 29, 2011. Morin and other local musicians and local personalities were depicted in the mural with famous musicains, performers and other well known figures. The alley is open from 8 am until dusk 7 days a week.
One Track Mind: Cary Morin, “Sing It Louder”“There is a shambling, plain-spoken beauty to this track as Cary Morin, a Crow Indian from North Dakota, sings about dancing his way toward salvation. Powered by some ever-so-fleet fingerstyle guitar and a distinctive vocal — one that combines Van Morrison with a dusty-booted country tinge — ‘Sing It Louder’ will make you want to do just that.
It’s only later that the song’s deeper message, the one about salvation, sinks in. And that’s just the beginning of the backstory for ‘Sing It Louder,’… Elsewhere on Morin’s album he traverses an impressive array of styles, from blues and jazz to bluegrass and reggae. But it’s here, on the title track, that he finds both his most memorable groove and perhaps his most heartfelt message of hope in troubled times. It’s great music, for a great cause.” -Nick DeRiso (http://www.musicmaker.org/reviews_post/one-track-mind-cary-morin-sing-it-louder/)
Cary Morin - Never Too Late For The Blues“Cary might have just given us the secret recipe of the Blues here. Storytelling, songwriting and honesty. Music from the guts really. And while Cary is still unsure of deserving to be called a blues player, we’re not afraid to tell you that his acoustic blues release ‘Sing It Louder’ definitely confirms that he’s not only a blues musician, he’s a great one.” - The Good Music Fox (December 2011) (http://www.goodmusicfox.com/tag/music-maker/page/2/)
GEORGE W. BUSH LAMPOONED IN LAUGH-OUT-LOUD...George Bush Lampooned In Laugh-Out-Loud Fun
“Music Maker Relief Foundation artist Cary Morin's laugh-out-loud funny new ragtime song ‘W’ appears on his new album 'Sing It Louder,' out December 6 on Music Maker Relief Foundation with the refrain ‘A beer in my hand is better than two in the Bush.’ Other verses take the point of view of the former president.
Morin says, ‘The song explored the possible explanation for how things went so terribly wrong with that administration: what if he really was drinking the whole time?’
'Sing It Louder' highlights Morin’s deft fingerstyle guitar talents and distinctive songwriting style and showcases Morin’s decades of music experience. A staple of the Fort Collins, CO music scene, the Native American Morin is a stellar songwriter.
The town of Fort Collins recently created a public mural in celebration of local musicians, including Morin, serves as testament to Morin’s impact on music in the area.” - Nick Loss Eaton, Blog (November 2011) (http://nicklosseaton.blogspot.com/2011/11/george-w-bush-lampooned-in-laugh-out.html)
Cary Morin - Sunday Wax Bits - Jazz WaxSunday Wax Bits - Jazz Wax
“When folk-blues guitarist Cary Morin digs into Steely Dan’s Black Friday with an acoustic guitar on Sing It Louder (Music Maker), you know the rest of his album has to be slamming. And it is. Morin pulls off song after song beautifully, and his voice and guitar are as honest as they come. There are touches of Jose Feliciano and Levon Helm of The Band here. Check out Together, This Train and Rounders. I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something about this album that awakens your conscience.” - Reviewed by Marc Myers, Music Maker (http://www.musicmaker.org/reviews_post/sunday-wax-bits-jazz-wax/)
Cary Morin - Sing It LouderA well-traveled, world-renowned artist with multiple projects and groups, Cary Morin strips it down for his most recent solo release, Sing It Louder. Although he has help from percussionist Peter Knudson, Morin and his acoustic guitar are the driving force on this bluesy ballad/storyteller-style album. The smoothness and relative calm of Sing It Louder convey the vibe of a man and artist at ease with life and its many trials. The acoustic guitar is the main character on this album, and Morin does an excellent job of coaxing the stories from it, working organically and never pushing too hard. Knudson’s percussion skills are just enough to lend Sing It Louder a bit more of a meat-and-potatoes foundation, giving the album a well-rounded feel.
– Charlie Englar (http://www.scenemagazine.info/2012/03/30/cary-morin-sing-it-louder/)