Photo: Mark Orton
“He’s thousands of miles from Nashville, but even those songwriters would not want to get into the ring with a heavyweight like Bill Morris. If they did, they’d have to bring their best songs and arrangements and they better not blink.”
This is an impressive album…Morris makes this “New Zealand country” genre his own.
The words and music of Bill Morris conjure up rugged landscapes and gritty urban scenes, detailing the emotional experience of each protagonist as they face heartbreak, joy and loss.
Because of this story-telling ability his music has often been described as folk. For his second album, Hinterland, Bill Morris turns to a more country style as he writes poetically of the human condition in relation to the landscape around us, each song a gem of clear-cut precision.
The album has been produced by John Egenes at Albany Street Studios in Dunedin and features the atmospheric pedal steel of Red McKelvie and a muscular rhythm section comprised of John Dodd (bass) and Steve Hudson (drums).
“Bill’s songs stick to you like mud; think Billy Bragg or Paul Kelly. His gritty presentation and wry observation make for compelling listening.”
-Richard Dingwall, New Edinburgh Folk Club, Dunedin NZ
Reviews for Bill’s debut album, “Mud”
“packed with terse, literal detail….
these songs rock persuasively.”
– Nick Bollinger, The Sampler, Radio New Zealand
Photo: Steve Ting
“….channels pastoral rock, gentle folk and electric guitar-edged alt-pop
into an energetic, eclectic brew-up that offers both focus and freedom.” ****
– Shane Gilchrist,
Otago Daily Times