Natalie’s is proud to present Peter Case and Gurf Morlix, two influential singer-songwriters who will be sharing the stage for a very special evening of music. Both artists (who also happen to be from Buffalo, NY) will be celebrating and promoting brand new records.
Peter Case has always been a pioneer. Genre-tripping through punk with the Nerves (“Hangin’ on the Telephone”), new wave/power pop with the Plimsouls (“A Million Miles Away”) and Americana with his Grammy®-nominated, self-titled solo debut. It is a career that is still going strong over 40 years later on the strength of his exceptional songwriting.
His brand new album, On the Way Downtown: Recorded Live on FolkScene, is a snapshot from nearly 20 years ago when Case sat still long enough for the airwaves to catch up to him. This album captures material from two live radio performances on the highly influential KPFK-FM Los Angeles syndicated radio program in 1998 and 2000. The first half features material from his then, newly released Full Service, No Waiting — an album New York magazine called “stunning.” The latter half contains material from 2000’s Flying Saucer Blues, as well as songs from his earlier releases. Both sets have remained unheard since their original broadcasts.
Buffalo born and Texas bred Gurf Morlix has provided us with countless indelible musical moments in the last 40-plus years: his exemplary guitar and production work with Lucinda Williams; his instrumental accompaniment to artists ranging from Blaze Foley to Warren Zevon; his production of watermark albums for artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier – and, since 2000, a series of eight solo records that have a singular worldview and can be both harrowing and heartening, often at the same time.
His latest and ninth album, “The Soul And The Heal”,is another chapter in a songbook that pithily relates the human condition. This batch of songs yields the expected Morlix darkness and humor, but woven between are numbers imbued with a warm light. With “The Soul And The Heal”, Morlix continues to create his own singular musical universe, but the yin and yang of his outlook has never been as in sync as it is now.