Bill Morrissey

Bill Morrissey

We have a new blog going now for Bill.  All Things Bill Morrissey.

We will be posting audio from various live recordings of Bill's over the years. Some pictures with commentary.

Here is a live performance of Bill on tour in April 1993 in Italy with Johnny Cunningham on fiddle and Top Topham on guitar.  Huge thank you to Theirry Goulesque for coming all the way to Cantu, Italy to be at this performance and to record it from his seat in the audience and for sending to me. And yes, I remember him asking permission first. 

Thanks also to Carlo Carlini and his lovely family
for bringing us over to Italy more than once.

Here is their rendition of the classic Slim Harpo song,

I'm a King Bee.  

And here is the Bill Morrissey song, Robert Johnson from that night.

For immediate release                                                                   September 21, 2011

All-star tribute to the late singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey

NOVEMBER 17TH AT Somerville Theatre

Profits to benefit M

Peter Case, Shawn Colvin, Barry Crimmins, Mark Erelli, John Gorka, David Johansen, Peter Keane, Fred Koller, Patty Larkin, Cormac McCarthy, and Pete Nelson will share the stage at the Somerville Theatre on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00PM to pay tribute to friend, mentor, and fellow troubadour Bill Morrissey who passed away from heart failure on July 23. Singer-songwriter Cliff Eberhardt and David Dye, host of the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, World Café, will co-host this very special event.

Profits from the event will be donated to MusiCares, a not-for profit division of the National Academy Of the Recording Arts and Sciences. MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. Friend of Mine: The Bill Morrissey Tribute Concert” is co-produced by Great Northeast Productions, Inc. and Ellen Karas.

Bill Morrissey was a songwriters’ songwriter. He was loved by many of his peers as a truly literate writer whose hard scrabble characters and fast wit won him critical acclaim from such national media outlets as Rolling Stone Magazine,   National Public Radio and The New York Times.

 Stephen Holden, for the New York Times, once 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 stories of writers like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford.”

 Between 1984 and 2007 Morrissey released 12 highly acclaimed albums and published the novel, “Edson” (Knopf). His live performance schedule took him from small coffeehouses to major concert venues like Carnegie Hall to prestigious festivals including Newport and Kerrville.