Cary Morin

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Described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other. With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world- weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as acoustic Native Americana with qualities of blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, and dance.

"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…,” comments Richard Higgs (Public Radio Tulsa). “Cary Morin has the chops and is one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today. [His] performances…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..."

His most recent release, Cradle To The Grave completes a 3-album project of acoustic recordings. The recordings (mostly acoustic) provide a timeline of his song writing and guitar work spanning 2014 to 2017. The lyrics range from folk to blues and sometimes shine a light on Native American Heritage and small town life in America. At times, the collection conveys the simplicity of a single chord to complex finger style guitar.

Morin’s second and third solo releases, Streamline (2014) & Tiny Town (2015), follow close on the heels of an international tour that spanned the U.S. and reached as far as France and Denmark. "Rich and resonant, Streamline is a synthesis of traditional folk, blues, bluegrass and Americana styles that perfectly meshes into Cary Morin's own brand of singer-songwriter eclecticism... Cary Morin is a virtuosic guitarist of the highest order..." -Michael Canter, Jivewired. And regarding Tiny Town, "Morin finger picks with a controlled sort of reckless abandon, making the frets do his bidding as he navigates up and down the neck of the guitar. Quite impressive!... I think fans of acoustic blues will love this. Morin is an adept guitar player and delivers vocals beautifully..." -Steve Jones, Crossroads Blues Society for Blues Blast Magazine
Crow tribal member and son of an air force officer, Morin was born in Billings, Montana. He spent the bulk of his youth in Great Falls, where he cut his teeth picking guitar standards at neighborhood get-togethers, before relocating to Northern Colorado. There, his musical career hit the ground running with The Atoll, a band he founded in 1989 and that toured nationally for over 20 years, gaining a devoted following.

Later, he achieved international acclaim with The Pura Fé Trio, for whom the single “Ole Midlife Crisis,” which Morin co-wrote and performed with Pura Fé, placed at number 17 on France’s iTunes blues chart. With The Atoll and The Pura Fé Trio, and as a solo artist, Morin has played celebrated venues across the globe, including Paris Jazz Festival, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Folk Alliance International, River People Festival, Shakori Hills Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, And most recently Rochefort En Accords festival in France and The Copenhagen Blues Festival, and countless others.

Morin’s stage credits also include Tribe at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, and co- authorship of Turtle Island a 50-member production that played two consecutive years to sold-out audiences in Northern Colorado. With the Red Willow Dancers, he was a guest of the internationally renowned Kodo Drummers, performing at their 1998 Spring Festival and additional dates in Japan.

He has produced or performed on over 20 recordings, and has toured across the US, as well as Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, and the UK. Morin’s performances have reached millions on national TV in Japan, France, and the UK, as well as on national radio in the US (NPR’s Beale Street Caravan), UK (BBC’s Whose London), France (RFI), Switzerland, and Belgium.

For two consecutive years (2013 and 2014), Cary won the Colorado Blues Challenge Solo Championship. He has also been nominated for Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year and Best Blues CD in the Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards for 3 years running. In 2013, he received a Lifetime achievement award from the Fort Collins Music Association (FoCoMA) and won the Colorado Fan Favorite Poll in the blues category for his second solo release, Streamline, and favorite songwriter in 2016. Cary has won the Colorado Blues Society’s Members Choice Awards in several categories for 3 years in row.

In addition to his solo pursuits, Cary Morin performs with Young Ancients, a collaboration with John Magnie and Steve Amedée of The Subdudes.

Awards

Albums

Cradle to the Grave

Cradle to the Grave Cary Morin

Released: January 13th, 2017

Streamline

Streamline Cary Morin

Tiny Town

Tiny Town Cary Morin

Songs

Streamline

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"Live A Little" from Streamline

Streamline

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"Family Ties" from Streamline

Streamline

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"Here and Now" from Streamline

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"Valley of the Chiefs" from Tiny Town

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"Obstacles to Negotiate" from Tiny Town

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"Tiny Town" from Tiny Town

Cradle to the Grave

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"Cradle to the Grave" from Cradle to the Grave

Cradle to the Grave

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"Laid Back" from Cradle to the Grave

Cradle to the Grave

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"Dawn's Early Light" from Cradle to the Grave

Videos

Dawn's Early Light