21st Century Hoedown
'21st Century Hoedown' is the long-awaited second studio recording from the Morrison Brothers Band. The new album features dance music played on fiddle, guitar, bass and drums and includes two tracks with members of The Free State Ramblers. Four of the thirteen tracks showcase the band's signature electric guitar while one features Jim Morrison's steel guitar playing. The Morrison Brothers Band (Jim Morrison - fiddle and guitar; Owen Morrison - acoustic and electric guitars; and Will Morrison - percussion) from Charlottesville, VA started in 1998 as an outlet for Jim Morrison and sons, Will and Owen, to blend their various musical styles and tastes. Since then, the band has grown into one of the most sought-after dance bands in the Southeast. The three musicians are great fans of traditional music and can present the subtleties of numerous traditions from Western Ireland to West Virginia. However, with the band's characteristic drum set and electric guitar, the Morrison Brothers often incorporate bits of rock, blues and swing to create one of the most exciting and driving sounds in the contra world today. The Morrison Brothers have been the featured band at many contra dance weekends and events including Gypsy Meltdown (Charlotte, NC), Springforth Ball (Richmond, VA), What the Hey? (Atlanta), Bogue Banks Boogie (Outer Banks, NC), Contradancers Delight Holiday (Morgantown, WV) and the Dawn Dance Weekend (Ann Arbor, MI.) Jim and Owen are also regular musicians and instructors for dance weeks in various camps around the country including Pinewoods and CCDS in Berea, KY. In addition to playing for contras, the Morrison Brothers have played for many weddings and historical events. They are often called on to play early American music for conventions and events related to the colonial or civil war periods. The band has performed in this capacity at numerous universities, civil war battlefields, and at the War Memorial Auditorium (Greensboro, NC) in conjunction with David McCullough's speech, '1776.' 'Busking at Twilight,' the Morrison Brothers Band's debut recording, was released in 2002. It can only be purchased from the band--a genuine collector's item! For information about the album and other cool stuff, please visit the band's website at morsn.com/mbb or go to myspace.com/morrisonbrothers.
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