Dockside Saints is here!
GLIDE MAGAZINE - FINGER-STYLE GUITAR WIZARD CARY MORIN BRINGS KILLER SONGS TO THE BAYOU VIA ‘DOCKSIDE SAINTS’ - “…great songs delivered by a band of the highest caliber South Louisiana musicians, just brimming with hooks, infectious rhythm and deep soul. Morin’s considerable guitar skills are still on display but not necessarily in the forefront. His songs take on a completely new wardrobe here, dressed in Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco, produced by one of the best in the business, Tony Daigle, at the renowned Dockside Studios, hence the album name…He brings a singular soul that fully engages all. Let’s recognize Morin as an outstanding songwriter…” – Jim Hynes, August 5th, 2020 https://glidemagazine.com/246893/finger-style-guitar-wizard-cary-morin-brings-killer-songs-to-the-bayou-via-dockside-saints-album-review/
12 powerful tracks recorded at Dockside Studio in Maurice, LA. April 2019. Produced and engineered by multi-Grammy winning producer/engineer, Tony Daigle. Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master in Nashville, TN.
This recording project came about in 2018, at the urging of a friend of mine from Lafayette, LA. He thought that my Piedmont blues style of songwriting and guitar playing was a good fit for the rhythms and sounds of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music. He took me out to tour the infamous Dockside Studios in Maurice, LA, and encouraged Dockside’s founding engineer/producer, Tony Daigle, to attend my show in Lafayette that evening. Tony did come to my show that night, and upon leaving, told me that if I were to want to come to Maurice to record, he was my man. With the help of Tony Daigle and local drummer, Dave Nezat, we began to assemble an all-star cast of Lafayette area musical heroes and make a plan.
The lure of working with such an illustrious & talented group in this multi-award winning Louisiana studio was too good to resist. I went home from that tour and began to write a collection of songs, specifically for this project. I returned in April of 2019 to spend one solid week with Tony and the guys, laying down all of the foundational tracks. Over these past several months, we have added various instrumentation and harmony vocals and as of February 2020, completed all aspects of recording, mixing, and mastering.
The ancient Native culture of the South has been an inspiration as it relates to our travels and what has become an annual pilgrimage to the Mississippi Valley. This collection of songs represents our annual migration, just as my ancestors migrated from this region to the Western Plains so many centuries ago; sharing culture through music and more along the way. It is the product of our imagination of what was, and what has become our love of the sounds of the south.
Here's what folks are saying about Cary's Music:
"...what is amazing to me is Cary's incredible natural talent. I studied classical guitar for many years and its focus on finger style but am just astounded by the style and execution Cary brings into his music. And on top of that, that great voice and heartfelt lyric presentation." -D. Ussery, Fort Collins, CO, October 2020
"Cary Morin is a unique and brilliant guitar player, songwriter and singer,” says renowned folk musician David Bromberg, extolling the virtues of one of his favorite players. “It’s hard to pick out what he does best. As a guitar player, I have huge respect for Cary’s style and technique on the guitar. If you haven’t heard him yet, you should. Try to remember that it’s only one guitar.” Hearing the ease with which he fingerpicks on his latest album, Cradle to the Grave, it’s hard to believe that he’s only been playing solo for about seven years — and, as Bromberg says, that it’s all just one person..." - Dan Forte for Taylor Wood & Steel Magazine, June 2018
"...A superb fingerstyle guitarist, Morin is a troubadour of the first order...The guitar playing on this album is elegant, and simple in it's beauty. And while what he is doing might be complex, he seems to toss it off effortlessly, as if anyone could play this well..." - Joe McSpadden, No Depression
"He’s a fantastic fingerstyle guitarist— nimble, yet very soulful. Even when he does show off his skills, as in the ragtime-like blues “Laid Back,” he does so without overplaying. The sentiment expressed in the song always reigns...A delight from start to finish, keeps the blues alive." -Tom Clarke, Tahoe OnStage, February 2017
"...Cary Morin has tapped directly into the roots of country blues. With his impeccable finger picking and occasional steel guitar playing and crusty, expressive vocals and song writing, Morin has developed a style that stands apart as true “Native Americana.” Morin’s deft blues picking and raw singing are reminiscent of Corey Harris’s early recordings. - Bill Wilcox, Twangville
Cary Morin with David Bromberg Quintet
Cary has been described as acoustic Native Americana Fingerstyle Blues; with strong qualities of jam, reggae, jazz, blues, bluegrass and dance. Tim Duffy, president of Music maker Relief Foundation, describes Morin as a “brilliant guitarist, heartfelt songwriter and soulful singer whose music gives us pause to reflect on life’s great rewards.”
Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of American and beyond like no other, from the rocking, electrified world groove of The Atoll, to the pared-down acoustic blues of Sing It Louder and Streamline, which showcases Morin’s deft fingerstyle guitar.
Cary;s 2017 release, Cradle to the Grave, won The 2017 Indigenous Music Award for Best Blues CD & 2017 Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD.
"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 - if they have the chops. Cary Morin has the chops and is one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today. There are performances on "Streamline" that 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..."
-Richard Higgs Co-Host of Folk Salad 89.5 Public Radio Tulsa