All About Jazz, October 2018
"Blues musicians invariably cover traditional genre material because it connects them with the wellspring of emotion at the heart of this music and illustrates the major influences on their personal style. Sometimes these gestures are more obvious than others, but as are those of Cary Morin's on his latest album, they can bespeak bold courage as much as humble homage." -Doug Collette, All About Jazz, October 2018 Read more here...
Americana Highways, October 2018
"In a world of formulaic imitations, Morin’s style of guitar playing is a fascinating listen, as he plays with concepts of what it means to rise early in the morning. It may be to work hard, or it may be a metaphorical uprising, you’ll have wait to find out it’s a little of both. Sit back and enjoy some of the most amazing finger-style guitar you’ll ever hear.” - Americana Highways, October 2018 Read more here...
Keys and Chords, October 2018
Taylor Wood & Steel Magazine, June 2018
"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. In fact, all the songs were cut live in a studio in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Morin makes his home." - Dan Forte for Taylor Wood & Steel Magazine, June 2018 Read more here...
Twangville, January 2018
Bill's Blues-Based Best of 2017: #14 Cary Morin's Cradle To The Grave -Bill Wilcox, Twangville, January 2018 Read more here...
Bluegrass Situation, December 2017
"Morin’s reconnection with the acoustic guitar led to the release of his most recent string of solo acoustic albums. Cradle to the Grave is the fourth in the series showcasing his adept fingerpicking style and warm, inviting vocals. An amalgamation of bluegrass, country, rock ’n’ roll, and blues..." -Desiré Moses, Bluegrass Situation December 2017 Read more here...
Vintage Guitar Magazine, October 2017
"...every song was cut in one take, singing and playing live; there are no overdubs. But having no safety net is only as impressive as the final result, and Morin's singing, fingerpicking, and song writing rise to the occasion, with technique and soulfulness perfectly matched..." -Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar Magazine, October 2017 Read more here...
Blues Magazine, June 2017
"In truth, this guy and this album are both wonderful revelations. There’s nothing jaded or uncertain here, tracks illustrate Morin’s clear ability and strength together with a purposeful lyricism that at times echoes with native-American thoughts and cultural images. Morin sweeps across a huge range of intricate finger-picking styles alongside an apparent grasp of modern US folk, roots and acoustic blues music to deliver a wonderful album that is bound to surprise and please many. Any lover of truly top-quality acoustic blues, guitar-driven music is bound to enjoy this. A great discovery from a guy to look out for, for sure." -Iain Patience, June 2017 Read more here...
DownBeat Magazine March 2017
Cary Morin: Cradle To The Grave (Maple Street Music; 40:39 ★★★★ )
"Drawing from the blues yet not defined by any given category. Colorado fingerstyle guitarist-singer Cary Morin is a storyteller of Crow heritage who operates at the same high artistic level as Greg Brown, Jorma Kaukonen and Chris Smither. All by himself on his fourth album, he ponders the transitory nature of life, the recent Sioux Standing Rock pipeline conflict and other matters with just the right meld of sureness and curiosity."
Blues Music Magazine, April 2017
No Depression Review January 2017
"If you haven’t heard Cary Morin, you need to. Morin will release his fourth solo cd, Cradle to the Grave on January 13th. The eleven track album features some of the finest acoustic guitar picking you’ll hear anywhere...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 Read more here...
Roots Music Report
That Music Magazine, April 2017
Atlanta Auditory Association
Minor 7th Review
Jazz & Blues Report March/April 2017
Cary Morin Keeps the Blues Alive
Deep Roots Magazine, February 2017
"His acoustic fingerpicking, devoid of sonic embellishments or any accompaniment save his husky, lived-in voice resonating with earthy warmth, rises up from sources such as Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, John Fahey, Mississippi Fred McDowell…that is to say, it’s deeply evocative of an historic sweep of American music." - David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine February 2017 Read more here...
Elmore Magazine Review
Americana UK February 2017
Midwest Records Review
Reflections In Blue
"Cradle To The Grave is an exceptional piece of work from so many perspectives. It is incredibly diverse, running from gospel to Delta blues, and more...A master storyteller, Cary weaves a tapestry of music and song that brings everything full circle. From time to time I hear thins in his phrasing that appear to have been influenced by Bob Dylan...but Cary Morin's style is uniquely Real Deal. From start to finish Cradle To The Grave is a masterpiece. Make room in that trophy case...this is an album deserving of one or more Blues Music Awards. I recommend it highly. One of the things that I found perhaps most impressive is the humility that shines through his music. It also amazes me that this is one man, alone with his guitar. I was held spellbound from start to finish." - Bill Wilson http://chickenwilson2.blogspot.com/
Cary Morin Cradle to the Grave, Twangville January 2017
"...To capture the sound and spirit of a Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt or Lightnin’ Hopkins takes tremendous musicianship and a feel for the music that few artists possess. But Cary Morin, a Crow tribal member who grew up far from the Mississippi Delta in Montana, 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 Read more here
Cashbox Magazine Review
Cary Morin Review...January 13th, 2017
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Q&A with Roots-based artist Cary Morin - brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond
As we are starting to see these days, dissent is a crucial part of a healthy democracy. We saw it happen with civil rights in America and we saw it happen in Tiananmen Square. I have always hoped that a listener might hear something in a song (either mine or anybody’s) that will encourage them to investigate. As a musician, I’ve learned things about the human condition from learning songs. Reading the work of songwriters has had a huge effect on me and I’m sure on others. My love for Bob Dylan's work inspired me to explore his songs more carefully. I am inspired by the protests in Standing Rock and it amazes me what we are capable of as individuals. If one song could start a revolution it would have to be a song from the likes of Woody Guthrie, Jimi Hendrix, and Muddy Waters..." - Michael Limnios, Blues @ Greece, 12/20/16 Read More Here
Tiny Town Review: Blues Matters Magazine Dec/Jan 2017
Cary Morin at Augustibluus Haapsalu, Estonia August 2016
Read more - http://online.le.ee/2016/08/07/galerii-cary-morini-ehe-ameerika-augustibluusil/
Cary Morin Performs in the Radio Heartland Studio"Cary Morin is on the road again … well, actually, he's almost ALWAYS on the road, playing musical gigs and traveling in the camper with his wife, Celeste, and their dog, Zeus..." read more here http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2016/07/22/cary-morin-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio
by Mike Pengra,
Fatea Magazine UK Review of "Tiny Town"
"However, there is no denying this album is an authentic 'what you hear is what you get live' showcase for Cary and his marvellous playing, varied song writing and solid voice can only serve to raise his profile further. I am not sure when he last played in the UK, or indeed if he ever has, but I can imagine him right at home in Acoustic, Folk and Blues venues all over the country." -Paul Jackson
"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. His fame overseas is warranted and one can only hope exposure to American blues fans will get this artist the same recognition at home."
-Steve Jones, Crossroads Blues Society for Blues Blast Magazine
Read more - http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/issue-9-21-may-21-2015/
- Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root
Video Diggin’: Cary Morin’s “Old Guitar”
Cary Morin Streamline Self-Released
"Streamline" is just Morin - man and guitar. Most of the songs are his own compositions (he's also a fine lyricist) but he re-imagines a couple of great oldies, including the Bee Gees' early hit "To Love Somebody", and The Grateful Dead's "Tennessee Jed". We may be prejudiced but we also like Morin's own up-tempo blues "Tulsa".
He sings in his comfortably worn-in voice, "…think I'll go back down to Tulsa: got some people down there: I'll have a place to lay my head: live among some people who care."
Classic. Order yours today at www.carymorin.com
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CURRENTLAND vol 10 - NO 8 August 2013 Tahlequah, OK Sound Advice http://www.currentland.com
Blues, Nature and Heritage
-By Steve Wildsmith | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Streamline" Review by Michael Canter
Streamline should rate highly on the list of fan favorites for those who enjoy this particular brand of blues and Americana. The finger work is an intricate portrait of energy and infectious virtuosity that drives Morin's lamenting, soulful vocals. There are times when Cary Morin borders the edges of pure classical music, with guitar subtleties that simultaneously capture the fullness and restraint of acoustic music's original chorale. As reviewers, it is important to exercise our abilities to separate the instrumentals from the vocals but Morin takes away the heavy lifting thanks to a whirlwind of sounds that he creates with his guitar. It is often magical and always inspirational to listen to the output of a master craftsman and Morin certainly qualifies.
Songs like Here And Now, Family Ties and Old Guitar invoke our most subliminal reflections and transmit us, as listeners, to the highest reaches of Cary Morin's emotions. Between You & Me has an almost Fats Waller nostalgia/revivalist feel, and here Morin's finger-picking becomes a beautiful machine, full of syncopation and open-string voicings, just forceful enough to command our attention and yet almost percussive in nature. The cover of The Grateful Dead's Tennessee Jed is chill-inducing thanks to an exceptional uptempo arrangement that is both clever and innovative, a free-associative roll that may be one of the better interpretations I've heard. It is that upbeat, yet dense reworking that perfectly defines Cary Morin as an artist. And while one voice and a single guitar could feasibly get redundant at times, it is Cary Morin's rich voice and instrumental inflections that keep this album sounding fresh, as each acts as a counterbalance relief from the other.
Cary Morin is a virtuosic guitarist of the highest order, and listeners of this LP will bear witness to a master of both instrument and craft. The restraint and clarity on this recording is what makes Streamline such a great listen By finding a fresh approach to old forms, Morin cleverly distills the essence of pure finger-picking Americana, placing himself at the forefront of the modern spirit of the genre by incorporating a (slightly) more contemporary feel through his unique style and arrangements.
But the true get is Morin himself. Immerse yourself in this record and delicately separate the instrumentals from the vocals and you will find yourself in the presence of an incomparable performance.
Streamline - Scene Magazine June 2013
"...The North Carolina-based blues singer accompanies herself with haunting swells from a lap guitar, which combine eerily with the fiery electric guitar riffs by Cary Morin..."
"The Native American version of Taj Mahal..."
Fort Collins Museum of History
Local Musician Cary Morin is honored with a permanent exhibit at The Fort Collins Museum of History
"Cary Morin is a long-time Fort Collins musician, making his mark and touring the world as a band member and as a solo artist. He took piano lessons as a kid, but was admittedly 'a pretty bad student.' Then his musical world opened up when his older brother went away to college and left his guitar behind.
Cary is a member of the Crow tribe, and his annual trips to Crow Fair in Montana with his family provided a strong foundation for his musical style. 'Music was my best friend when I was a kid, and continues to be,' he says. 'Everyone I know besides my family I met through my guitar.' "
Top Colorado Blues Artists
Top 5 Colorado Blues/Rhythm & Blues Artists
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2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
4. Papa Juke – Out Of The Blues
5. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder
Cary Morin Featured in Jazz Alley Mural
Local musician Cary Morin walks beneath the audience portion of a large mural by Terry McNerney that was part of the Jazz Alley unveiling outside first floor of The Mitchell Block, 262 E. Mountain Ave. April 29, 2011. Morin and other local musicians and local personalities were depicted in the mural with famous musicains, performers and other well known figures. The alley is open from 8 am until dusk 7 days a week.
One Track Mind: Cary Morin, “Sing It Louder”
It’s only later that the song’s deeper message, the one about salvation, sinks in. And that’s just the beginning of the backstory for ‘Sing It Louder,’… Elsewhere on Morin’s album he traverses an impressive array of styles, from blues and jazz to bluegrass and reggae. But it’s here, on the title track, that he finds both his most memorable groove and perhaps his most heartfelt message of hope in troubled times. It’s great music, for a great cause.” -Nick DeRiso (http://www.musicmaker.org/reviews_post/one-track-mind-cary-morin-sing-it-louder/)
Cary Morin - Never Too Late For The Blues
GEORGE W. BUSH LAMPOONED IN LAUGH-OUT-LOUD...
“Music Maker Relief Foundation artist Cary Morin's laugh-out-loud funny new ragtime song ‘W’ appears on his new album 'Sing It Louder,' out December 6 on Music Maker Relief Foundation with the refrain ‘A beer in my hand is better than two in the Bush.’ Other verses take the point of view of the former president.
Morin says, ‘The song explored the possible explanation for how things went so terribly wrong with that administration: what if he really was drinking the whole time?’
'Sing It Louder' highlights Morin’s deft fingerstyle guitar talents and distinctive songwriting style and showcases Morin’s decades of music experience. A staple of the Fort Collins, CO music scene, the Native American Morin is a stellar songwriter.
The town of Fort Collins recently created a public mural in celebration of local musicians, including Morin, serves as testament to Morin’s impact on music in the area.” - Nick Loss Eaton, Blog (November 2011) (http://nicklosseaton.blogspot.com/2011/11/george-w-bush-lampooned-in-laugh-out.html)
Cary Morin - Sunday Wax Bits - Jazz Wax
“When folk-blues guitarist Cary Morin digs into Steely Dan’s Black Friday with an acoustic guitar on Sing It Louder (Music Maker), you know the rest of his album has to be slamming. And it is. Morin pulls off song after song beautifully, and his voice and guitar are as honest as they come. There are touches of Jose Feliciano and Levon Helm of The Band here. Check out Together, This Train and Rounders. I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something about this album that awakens your conscience.” - Reviewed by Marc Myers, Music Maker (http://www.musicmaker.org/reviews_post/sunday-wax-bits-jazz-wax/)
Cary Morin - Sing It Louder
– Charlie Englar (http://www.scenemagazine.info/2012/03/30/cary-morin-sing-it-louder/)