Decades ago, local country and bluegrass musician Buck Morris set his sights on creating a studio-recorded album. Last October, this dream came true with the production of his first CD.
After turning 60, Morris decided there was no better time than the present and began a year-long effort to record songs at Hazzard County Recording Studio in Luray after hours to his usual job as a lumberjack in the family business.
“You put something off because you think you’re never good enough to do it right,” he says. “A musician is sometimes his worst critic.”
He did it right with the release of his album, “Give Her the Flowers.”
The title is derived from the album’s second song, “Let Me Give Her the Flowers”, written by Gordon Terry, a song he discovered in his youth after buying an album in the 70s at a Silco store. opposite the post office in the City of Orange.
The CD is made up of songs that Morris enjoyed playing throughout his years of performing in country and bluegrass bands. The liner notes recount the inspiration behind each track and tell stories about Morris’ musical career and the musicians who influenced him over the years.
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“I just wanted to do the songs I grew up listening to,” he says. “A lot of the bands I played in were traditional country bands, and that’s what we did.”
Morris has been involved in the country music scene his entire life. He started playing at age 10 after his father taught him some chords on the guitar.
During this time he played guitar, mandolin, banjo and dobro in various country and bluegrass bands, traveling on weekends to perform at festivals, dance halls and nightclubs. .
“I used to play anywhere from Baltimore to North Carolina back when line dancing was all the rage in the late 80s and early 90s,” explains Morris.
More recently, Morris played with a bluegrass band that traveled on the weekends to perform at festivals in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania until he decided to hang up his traveling shoes. five years ago.
Over the years as a traveling musician, Morris worked weekdays at the family business, Glen Morris and Sons Logging, and is still an original board member of the Virginia Loggers Association. The business his father started in 1962 is now run by Morris and his brother.
“It’s what it takes to make a living,” says Morris. “It’s hard to make a living playing music.”
Morris’ CD is a composition of his decades of experience in the music industry, expressed through his love of classic country music and influenced by every musician he has played or listened to along the way. The album can be purchased from Culpeper Music in the town of Culpeper or by contacting Morris at (540) 219-2462.