Cary Morin Streamline Self-released 

A 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.”

Classic. Order yours today at www.carymorin.com

 -Richard Higgs

Co-Host of Folk Salad 89.5 Public Radio Tulsa

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Alabama Getaway 

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We are parked in the campground at the Moundville Archaeological Park in Moundville Alabama. We will head to Tulsa in a few days but for now I will do some songwriting and work on the RV. The crappy carpet is torn out of the vehicle and we will install some new flooring today. It’s gonna great!

This camp went from 100% capacity to 5% in one day. I think after today there will be our’s and 2 other camps that remain. Last night we sat by the fire and watched the fog roll in over the mounds. It was epic! This place is truly mystical. I find myself thinking about how it must have been back in 1400 when this was a thriving city. The decedents of the people that once lived here are scattered across the south now.  We will walk around and see as much as we can in the next few days and try and get a sense of what it must have been like to live here. 

Thanks for checking in with us and for staying in touch!

The Mighty Toyota Itasca 

We left our home in Fort Collins, Colorado on September 6th.  Our house is rented out and we are traveling to shows around the Southern US for a few more weeks, including a festival in Alabama and house concerts in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As we travel, we also have time to look for venues and future work. After that we will return to Fort Collins in mid October where I will rehearse and perform with John Magnie and Steve Amedee. Our new trio is called Young Ancients. There will be plenty of info available soon at YOUNGANCIENTS.COM, and at Young Ancient History here on tumblr.

We are traveling in a 1986 Toyota Itasca RV with our dog Zeus. When Celeste and I started talking about our travel plan, we started looking around online for a vehicle that suited our needs. The perfect vehicle would be a living space for the three of us, it would be able to carry a small PA, and have a living area, kitchen, bath and room for clothes. It wasn’t long before we started searching around for a Toyota RV. It fills all the requirements. It’s amazing how many strangers walk up to our RV to comment on it. We met a guy in a parking lot the other day that went on and on about how he had been looking for one in Georgia and can’t find one. 
It’s an older vehicle so we are slowly adapting it to our needs and learning how to live in a very small space. Mechanically, the first thing we did was reinforce the suspension with air shocks. They can be filled with up to 100 lbs of air and raised the clearance quite a bit.
The next thing that needed attention was the rear differential. The camper sits on a Toyota chassis with dual wheels. It started to show signs of trouble a few weeks ago in North Carolina. Several garages in several towns agreed to do the work until they saw the RV in person. Nobody could get it on a lift. After nearly 2 weeks we found possibly the best specialists in the country for the job. They work on drive trains exclusively and are big fans of Toyota Rock crawlers. They had us on the road in a day and a half with great results. 

The next item we will have looked at is the transmission. We found a quality shop in close proximity to Carolina Beach to have it looked at. It is all fixed up and the RV is a completely different ride now. 

After a month, having traded the responsibilities of being a home owner for those of a rolling home, I’ll take the RV any day! And as far as the dog goes, after watching the activity out the front door of a house for the last several years in Colorado, he seems pretty excited to see what cool new stuff is outside the front door every time it opens now. Every day is an adventure for all of us.
We are in Alabama for 4 days of shows with the Pura Fe Trio. Should be a fun week. After Alabama we will be heading to Tulsa, Oklahoma, a place I dearly love. Thanks for reading, stay in touch!

International Blues Challenge 

A year ago Celeste decided it would be a good idea for me to join the Colorado Blues Society. The IBC is an annual event in every US State and some other spots around the world. All the info can be found on their website - https://www.blues.org/ibc/#ref=ibc_index
I qualified for the IBC finals after winning a semi-qualifier in Lakewood, Colorado in July. The next round was to be held in Golden Colorado the day after a show Celeste had booked for me in North Carolina. We discussed it at length and decided that the cost of the plane ticket would be a gamble but it would be a good thing if I was to win. I was doubtful. The day of my flight also happened to be the same day our RV was to go in for major surgery in NC. Not the best timing but I got on the plane. 
I arrived in Denver and my buddy Nathan picked me up at the airport. I had 3 hours to kill before my set. We had lunch and then went to the venue to watch the competition. I have not been part of a musical competition since I was in grade school. I was even more skeptical as I watched the other performers do their thing. My plan was to slow my show down a bit and stop between songs, something I don’t do a whole lot of. The performances are judged by a fairly large panel of knowledgable blues enthusiasts and performers, past winners, radio show hosts, all seated in the front row, plus the show was well attended. I was the last of the solo/duo acts to perform and afterward the band competition would begin, the winners to be announced after the show. I was filled with doubt for sure by this time. I had traveled all the way across the country and would do it again the following day on my return to North Carolina. Winnig was a bit of a shock. It is an honor to be chosen to represent Colorado and my family and friends in Colorado, back home in Montana and around the country at the IBC finals in Memphis, Tennesee in January. 
We will drive from wherever we are at that point and I will do my best!

Hello from Georgia! We are on our way back to NC aftera few... 



Hello from Georgia! We are on our way back to NC aftera few shows in Memphis. I played a set at Neil’s Music Room and then play pedal steel with a bunch of guys who’s bios look like a page out of the rock and roll who’s who. I’ll go into detail on the rest of the trip later.
We are staying at an rv site out side of Atlanta that seems in need of attention. The website for this place was given 1 star and that seems way to generous.
I’ll post some stuff from Wilmington tomorrow. Goodnight!

International Blues Challenge, Golden Colorado 

I don’t have any interesting photos to post today. We drove around Raleigh North Carolina and did errands. For me it was a little exciting because we went to an RV shop to looked at stuff. There were some doodads that I have dreamed about and we found some of them. One thing we want is a spice rack. Pretty exciting, I know. We will get up at 3:30 this morning and go to the airport as I need to fly to Denver and play a few tunes for the IBC final round tomorrow. After that, I will go to Fort Collins for a few hours and visit my mom. I’ll catch a shuttle to DIA in the morning and come back to NC. Not a big news day here. I hope you are well where ever you are. Good night!

International Blues Challenge, Golden Colorado 

I don’t have any interesting photos to post today. We drove around Raleigh North Carolina and did errands. For me it was a little exciting because we went to an RV shop to looked at stuff. There were some doodads that I have dreamed about and we found some of them. One thing we want is a spice rack. Pretty exciting, I know. We will get up at 3:30 this morning and go to the airport as I need to fly to Denver and play a few tunes for the IBC final round tomorrow. After that, I will go to Fort Collins for a few hours and visit my mom. I’ll catch a shuttle to DIA in the morning and come back to NC. Not a big news day here. I hope you are well where ever you are. Good night!

September 

Celeste and I left Colorado and headed East on September 6th. We are currently in North Carolina and really enjoying this trip. I have to be back in Colorado for the International Blues Challenge final round on September 22nd. I will fly out for the date and come directly back to NC for more shows. After that we plan to continue our trip, let us know if you want us to stop by your town!