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T. Hardy Morris Gives Back To Georgia On “Audition Tapes” Project


One of my favorite records of 2013 came in the form of Dead Confederate and Diamond Rugs member T. Hardy Morris‘s outstanding solo debut, Audition Tapes. The gorgeous and at times heart-wrenching album is a very interesting turn for Morris, as it’s delicate songs recall neither the speaker-busting psyche-grunge of Dead Confederate, nor the drunken rowdiness of Diamond Rugs.

Morris’ unique voice melds gorgeously with backup singer Thayer Sarrano’s, and Matt “Pistol” Stossel’s melodic and aching pedal steel. Adding to the aforementioned delicate beauty of the performance is the fact that the video was recorded at Chattahoochee Park Pavilion in Gainesville, Georgia. The pavilion was chosen by Morris because it’s a part of the Places In Peril project which is inspired by the Georgia Trust For Historic Preservation’s list of historical structures that are in danger and/or being neglected.

In an incredibly cool move Morris, Stossel and Sarrano traveled with renowned Athens photographer Jason Thrasher (who directs all the videos in the series) to ten of these sites and recording acoustic versions of the songs on Audition Tapes to raise awareness for the cause. In an even cooler move, Morris is donating 10% of sales from the record to the Georgia Trust For Historic Preservation, and while Morris has obviously been very successful as a musician, he isn’t close to rich, so this is a very inspiring move.

Inspired by The Georgia Trust For Historic Preservation’s annual “Places In Peril” list musician T. Hardy Morris and filmmaker Jason Thrasher traveled to historic sites in Georgia threatened by demolition and neglect to film live performance videos of each song on his debut solo album, “Audition Tapes.”

T. Hardy Morris’ only currently announced solo tour date is oddly enough at this year’s Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan. However, Morris is a true road warrior, and with a new Diamond Rugs record to be released soon, this look to be another busy year for the Athens, Georgia-based musician. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on T. Hardy Morris’ and the Places In Peril websites.


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