T. Hardy Morris delivers rock-country gem, Drownin’ On a Mountaintop

Photo by Sundel Perry

The intersection of hard country and hard rock produced great results over the years (think Steve Earle, Uncle Tupelo, Drive By Truckers). If that’s a sound that gets your engine running, check out T. Hardy Morris new album, Drownin’ On a Mountaintop.

This album isn’t all twang. There’s a real punk-garage spirit — much like an early Replacements‘ album. Chock full of great songs, Drownin‘ is the second solo album for Morris, who also fronts the band Dead Confederate. The Athens, Georgia-based Morris also plays with members of Deer Tick, Black Lips and others in the side project Diamond Rugs.

While his first solo album, Audition Tapes in 2013, was a fine effort, Drownin‘ (out this week) is a smoking rocker. Among the many highlights: My Me, Painted on Attitude, Starting Gun, Likes of Me.

Painted on Attitude:

My Me:

No Joy delivers great summer album, More Faithful

No Joy

Having been a fan of Canada’s No Joy for the past few years, I was struck by how commercial the band’s new album, More Faithful, sounded compared with the earlier, grittier releases. In place of some of the edginess is a more accessible pop sound, which, as it turns out, is a nice addition to this summer’s batch of new releases.

There’s more musical range on More Faithful, No Joy’s third full-length album. At first blush, it’s almost jarring to go from the My Bloody Valentine-inspired sound of earlier releases to an easier going, light song such as the single Moon in my Mouth. But the songs here are good and there are still uptempo tracks like Hollywood Teeth.

Out today, More Faithful is recommended.

Check out the video for the album track Everything New:

Here’s Moon in my Mouth: