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Heading into the spring of 2020, T. Hardy Morris had 12 demos that he thought would make-up his next album, then, everything changed. The world took a break and so his plans to record did as well. As we all watched and waited out the storms; viral and societal, we seemed to wake up scrolling through a whole new century, a time Morris began to refer to as The Digital Age of Rome.

He scrapped the demos and began a collection of songs in quarantine where the unprecedented times and topics were unavoidable. He wanted to document the era sonically and lyrically in some way.

“I wanted it to sound like how the world felt to me in the second half of 2020. Uncomfortable and chaotic, dystopian but still beautiful.”

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The Digital Age of Rome was recorded in a deserted downtown Athens, Ga. With long-time collaborator / producer Adam Landry.

Releases June 25th, 2021

The Band:

Lead Vocals: T. Hardy Morris
Additional Vocals: Faye Webster, Shelly Colvin, Adam Landry
Drums: Brad Morgan (Drive-by Truckers), Adam Landry
Bass: Vaughn Lamb, Adam Landry
Electric Guitar: Charlton Eugene Woolfolk III, Adam Landry, T. Hardy Morris
Acoustic Guitar: T. Hardy Morris, Adam Landry
Steel Guitar: Matt “Pistol” Stoessel
Keys: Adam Landry
Percussion: Adam Landry, T. Hardy Morris
Programming: Adam Landry, T. Hardy Morris, Nate Nelson

Considering the weight of the ideas T. Hardy Morris is exploring on his new record Dude, The Obscure, it feels like his airiest work yet. Following 2015’s twangy Drownin’ On a Mountaintop, Morris is shedding some skin and getting at something a little rawer and more heartfelt. Dude, The Obscure soars and floats, at once dreamy and heady, even when Morris is rocking out (as he is prone to do). Questioning his place in the world, and striving to stay present in an ever more chaotic world, Morris digs deep on this album and seems to have found his own bliss in the process

A cheeky play on famed English author Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude The Obscure, Dude, The Obscure sounds like a stoner’s spaced out tagline. And in many ways, the album gives us that vibe of getting so deep in your head to where it’s murky and dark, until you ultimately come out the other end feeling more like yourself. On “The Night Everything Changed,” Morris gets nostalgic for good times on the road and feeling connected to others by the memories we share. Recounting faraway cities, missed planes, and wasted money, Morris weaves a sweet, sublime thread made even more magical with the glide of steel guitar. “When the Record Skips” is a dark, heart-thumping ode to the idea of a legacy and what gets left behind. And though “Be” opens the record, it feels most like a culmination for Morris. It’s the album’s stunning peak, and a moment of reckoning as Morris strips away all the clutter that keeps him from moving forward.

Hailing from the artsy Southern enclave of Athens, Georgia, Morris hasn’t lost his twang, but this time around, his sound is elevated and meditative. He creates a big sound on Dude, The Obscure, with swooning arrangements that live somewhere above us and that compel us to look upward and reach for them to try and catch just a little bit of that sweet enlightenment within them.

From the album ‘Dude, The Obscure,’ available June 22nd

 

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In addition to contributing his own brand of Southern grit to indie rock collective Dead Confederate and lo-fi glitz to side project Diamond Rugs, T. Hardy Morris has been busy crafting a solo catalog. Hardy & the Hardknocks: “Drownin’ On a Mountaintop” represents his most recent work to date. Backed by the aptly named Hardknocks, Athens, Georgia-based Morris delivers a collection that includes slow-simmering, cinematic ballads (“Just Like the Movies”) as well as ramshackle CBGB-era rockers (“My Me”) and Dixie-fried garage tunes (“Starting Gun”). Here, Morris conjures sonic visions of Marc Bolan fronting the Flying Burrito Brothers. Drownin’ On a Mountaintop explores how it feels to be an “old soul” trapped in a society obsessed with youth (“Young Assumption”). Mountaintop is alternately a Saturday night party record and a Sunday morning dirge

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T Hardy Morris is best known for being in the band DEAD CONFEDERATE, and also of the recent superstyled band DIAMOND RUGS with members from Deer Tick, The Black Lips and Los Lobos A lovely Alex Chilton styled vocal.