Dave Morrison | Nothing Left to Lose

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Nothing Left to Lose

by Dave Morrison

Think Van Morrison style Americana by way of Austin Texas, with shades of Jackson Browne, John Prine, Ryan Adams and Bob Dylan.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Happy Again
5:31 $0.99
2. Nothing Left to Lose
4:16 $0.99
3. Soldiers into War
4:51 $0.99
4. Tattered Flag
4:55 $0.99
5. Idaho
5:54 $0.99
6. Greenwood Tree
4:25 $0.99
7. Pretty Good Hammer
5:09 $0.99
8. How the Rest of Us Feel
4:01 $0.99
9. Hand Me Down
4:09 $0.99
10. In the Narrows
4:45 $0.99
11. St. Patrick's Day
4:59 $0.99
12. Firebrand Days
4:31 $0.99
13. Impossible
5:45 $0.99
14. Take Heart
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Album Notes
I've been called an 'Important' songwriter by people who know these things. I don't know what that means. People often ask me at gigs why I'm not famous. I know what THAT means. :0) Almost nobody gets famous doing real honest music. I know that my music is honest, and the album is vibey and lovingly-produced by Mark Humphreys. I wouldn't exaggerate. The songs connect. And the musicians who play with me and record with me tell me that they are proud to do so. That is as much as I'm willing to shill for myself. Listen to a few tracks. Maybe you'll find out that you and I are from the same tribe. If so shoot me an email at dmorrisonmusic. That's a Gmail address. Add the @, and it'll get to me. Thanks for checking me out.



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Official Trough Records Press Release
Trough Records is thrilled to announce the release of NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (Catalogue No. TRCP 1323), the third and most ambitious album yet from Southern California singer/songwriter DAVE MORRISON.

“Is it too much pie in the sky that I could just be happy again?” Morrison asks in the opening moments of the album’s opener, “Happy Again.” The answer - while a resounding “yes!” – through 14 incredible new songs, Morrison’s insatiable curiosity, wit, honesty and unbending passion for emotional truth tell a complicated story behind that answer.

It’s the story of the end of a journey once filled with disappointment, broken love, compromised dreams and a battle with the bottle – that now, at journey’s end, reveals the rich and joyous possibility and hope.

Long respected as one of Los Angeles’ most gifted songsmiths, Dave Morrison’s work has always been a marvel of craft and artistic consistency. Lyrics vivid with distinct images of character, place, time and feeling are fused with unforgettable melodies and a wry, open vocal style that clings to the heart and often wrestles with the mind.

NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE is inhabited by characters whose lives have been filled with the unexpected – from the difficult to the rapturous. The protagonist in the album’s title track explains his experience through the lens of those (including himself) who have been dragged down or boxed in by life, but somehow understand that the only answer is to push on. “Hey ho, away I go,” he proclaims in a voice both resigned and filled with possibility, “I’ve got nothing left to lose.” From the fading saloon queen in “Tattered Flag” to the wild young guitar player/surfer whose short life is memorialized in the gripping ode “Idaho,” Morrison’s characters resonate with distinct and harrowing clarity.

Love – still complicated but slowly and carefully reconciled – is another key theme in NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE. In “Happy Again,” the singer insists upon breaking out of the latest in a string of relationships in which he was comfortable but never a true partner, toward a simple goal – finding the happiness he once knew. The tragic and moving “In the Narrows” looks in at a relationship slowly ending amid quiet and calm – and immense, weary acceptance.

In the upbeat “Hand Me Down,” a man finally finds a partner he believed only existed in a different time. And in the intensely moving songs “Pretty Good Hammer” and “Take Heart,” Morrison sings of love based in hard-won honesty, both within the relationship and within the self.

It’s within the album’s songs of struggle – in this instance the continuing battle with alcohol, its skirmishes and victories – where Morrison perhaps shines as bright as in any of his previous work. In “Firebrand Days,” a reflection on finding the way back up the ladder of sobriety, is a masterpiece of quiet, subtle anguish, regret and ultimate redemption. “You should’ve seen me in my firebrand days,” he calmly sings, with a knowing smile in his voice, at once missing his days of spirit and spirits and glad they are over. And in the raucous, rip-roaring and observational “St. Patrick’s Day,” the day “when all the amateurs come out and try to drink like Irishmen” is perceived through the lens of a former “professional” who has been given the gift of clarity as he drives through the rain. “Don’t pity me the breaks I never got,” the protagonist shouts: “Truth is, I’m just as happy when I’m not.”

Presented simply and elegantly and backed by a world-class collection of musicians, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE is proof – if it were ever needed – that DAVE MORRISON is in a class by himself.

(Soon on iTunes!)