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Come Running

by Bill Morrissey

Bill Morrissey's new album of finely honed songs. Co-produced by Bill Morrissey and Billy Conway (of Morphine) and features Dave Alvin on guitar and Billy Conway and Dana Colley of Morphine.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Ain't Walking
2:48 $0.99
2. Thirty Years
4:15 $0.99
3. Dangerous Way
5:01 $0.99
4. Holden's Blues
3:23 $0.99
5. He's Not From Kansas City
2:34 $0.99
6. Summer Jumped All Over Me
2:57 $0.99
7. By The Grave Of Bauldaire
4:00 $0.99
8. Canal Street
5:04 $0.99
9. I Was A Fool
3:12 $0.99
10. Death Letter
2:55 $0.99
11. Victory At Sea
2:49 $0.99
12. New Walking Blues
4:34 $0.99
13. Johnny's Tune
2:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bill Morrissey's astute lyrical gifts and graceful, understated melodies have put him on festival stages across the world; into theatres, concert halls, and coffeehouses; garnered him critical acclaim from magazines, authors, and music peers; and have earned him two Grammy nominations.

Bill Morrissey has created as impressive a body of work as any songwriter today, a collection of finely-honed songs that match his economy of lyric and melody with a writer’s gift for storytelling. His empathetic knack for capturing the harshness and small sadness of the characters in his songs is tempered by his wry sense of humor, such that many of his songs leave the listener with a smile.

Over the course of his long career, two of Bill Morrissey's eleven albums have received Grammy nominations and several have earned 4-star reviews in Rolling Stone as well as equal accolades in nearly every other major national publication. Stephen Holden, for the New York Times, wrote, "Mr. Morrissey's songs have the force of poetry...a terseness, precision of detail and a tone of laconic understatement that relate his lyrics to the fiction of writers like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford." It is not surprising that he is also the author of the novel "Edson" (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf 1996) and the recently completed "Imaginary Runner."

On stage, Bill mixes the seriousness and urgency of his songs with a wry, acerbic wit. His often improvised and deadpan monologues and introductions provide a perfect balance to his live shows.

Cutting his teeth on the American country blues of Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson, the pure country of Hank Williams, the Kansas City of Count Basie and Lester Young, and, of course, the New York folk songwriters of the 1960s, Bill digested all this great diversity and found his own unique voice.

Bill has just completed his new album, “Come Running” featuring guitar work by Dave Alvin and the remaining members of Morphine, Billy Conway and Dana Colley. He has been performing many of these new songs at recent concerts.



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Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Highly Recommended
But nothing animates the music so much as Morrissey’s keen eye for detail and ear for the telling phrase. And, of course, there’s that voice. When Morrissey wraps his quivering, whiskey-burnished croak around a line, it feels as warm as the first breath of spring. Highly recommended.


Return to form
Bill Morrissey’s more recent albums (“You’ll Never Get to Heaven,” “Something I Saw or Thought I Saw,” and “Night Train”) were good, but seemed over-produced and as if he were trying to hard for a hit. “Come Running” goes back to the feel of “North,” “Inside,” “Standing Eight,” and his first one. I started out with the “Essential Bill Morrissey,” so all the CD’s of his I bought had at least one song I know from that CD. This one obviously didn’t, but that didn’t matter. It stayed in my car for the first two weeks after I bought it, and it never got old. It still hasn’t. There isn’t a bit of filler in it, and the songs all sound organic and authentic’, which hasn’t been the case of some of his later albums. Another winner!


Victory at Sea is the finest greatest generation song since Small Town, The Grave of Bauldaire for lost love, and anybody who can convincingly write a song about a Hoopi Shoopi girl on the shady side of town deserves a long listen. That's in addition to what others have said here. What can I say Bill, 25 years down the road and your still in your prime.

Lila M Gierasch

Come Running
great vintage Bill Morrisey; nice mix of lively and reflective; as always, poetic lyrics and plenty of pathos

Larry Murray

One of his best
This is Bill's best album since Inside - high praise, given how consistent he is. I agree with the reviewer who mentioned how well the stripped-down production works for these songs. "Johnny's Tune" is particularly moving. A wonderful album from one of America's best songwriters. Great to have you back, Bill!

Gary Pharis

Come Running
Bill Morrissey\'s Come Running continues to exceed the standards of roots folk blues. His voice has a unique tone that is as comfortable as an old shoe and stirs emotions that are asleep in some old dark closet. Bordering on the melancholy but always with humor as sharp as a razor, as in \"Thirty Years.\" I believe this is Bill\'s best album ever. Keep those songs coming Bill.

Niall Hood

A wonderful album
Although it is not his best album, it is one of his better albums. If you are a fan of Bill Morrissey, then you will be very, very pleased.