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Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers | Love Wounds & Mars

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Love Wounds & Mars

by Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers

“Finely conceived and fully realized...a bordertown of the mind...slash lines smart like Dylan...every song, (Keith Morris) defines himself, how he deals with his world, views it, beats it, and is beaten by it.” --Tom House (songwriter extraordinaire)
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nowhere Road
5:03 $0.99
2. Blind Man
3:45 $0.99
3. Leora Brown
4:29 $0.99
4. Bordertown
3:21 $0.99
5. Peaceful When You Sleep
5:09 $0.99
6. Colorado
5:19 $0.99
7. Like a Haze
5:37 $0.99
8. Mexico
5:43 $0.99
9. Don't Look Down
3:50 $0.99
10. Diamond Mask
4:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
From the Southern Rock of "Nowhere Road" to the Tex-Mex simplicity of "Border Town" to the last dance of "Peaceful When You Sleep"
to the semi-psych of "Like a Haze" to the Chris Cullhane-penned sleeper "Diamond Mask," Keith Morris and crew hit on all sonic and emotional cylinders. “Love Wounds & Mars” is a personal statement from a very private individual. It only takes a few listens to understand that.

--Frank Gutch, Jr
No Depression

Keith Morris...pours the grizzled wisdom of life's journey into a project that tells a story from beginning to end. From the opening lyric, "I know it's late..." of “Nowhere Road,” through the closing plea as it bleeds through the pedal steel of “Diamond Mask”:  "I need to hear a railroad song, I need to hear...,” Morris crafts songs that inspire and cut through the din. Anyone that can pull off a lyric that includes "...from Carlos Castaneda to William Blake..." is my new hero.

--Aer Stephen
DJ, “Folk and Beyond,” WTJU



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I love this record! The production is beautiful and I can listen to it over and over again!
Thank you Crooked Numbers


The Crooked Numbers get it right...
... in so many ways. Keith Morris loaded this album with songs of worth and he and the band performed it beautifully. Sample it. Listen close. Here is what I wrote about it when I first heard it.
"Morris himself produced this with help from Jeff Romano and it is a veritable Who's Who of Charlottesville music--- well, a small portion of C-ville. The Crooked Numbers, Morris's backup band, consists of Tom Proutt (guitar), Bud Bryant (bass), Stuart Gunter (drums) and Morris's wife, Jen, who shows major growth as a vocalist (besides background vocals, she completely nailed the country feel of Peaceful When You Sleep). Beyond that, Morris brought in Davita Jackson, Davina Jackson, and Richelle Claiborne who, alongside Jen Morris, makes for one of the best choir ensembles he could have assembled and he uses it well (Morris claims that Bordertown was written specifically with the Jackson's voices in mind). Aaron Evans lays down guitar solos like a pro on five tracks, keyboardist Wells Hanley does his standard excellent job, Charlie Bell (who I first heard the exceptional Jim Waive & The Young Divorcees) plays pedal steel magic when called upon and Morwenna Lasko (of Lasko & Pun) is her usual fiddling wizard self. Without Matty Metcalfe's accordion, Bordertown would be a good and not a great song (I did mention I thought it so, did I not?) nor would Leora Brown without Jeff Romano's standout mouth harp. And I think Paul Curreri and Devon Sproule would plain have felt left out had Morris not asked for their contributions--- Paul adding background vocals on three tracks (his take on one section of Like a Haze is a cross between Merry Clayton on the Stones' Gimme Shelter and Clare Torry on Floyd's Great Gig In the Sky, his vocal at first buried but working its way slowly through the layers--- Devon harmonizing with Jen on Peaceful When You Sleep."
That should give you an idea. Hopefully, Morris and the Crooked Numbers will use this as a springboard for more music projects. Charlottesville should be proud.