FISCHER, Texas - I'd heard Gurf Morlix's music for years but I'd never seen the man until he played at a benefit at a biker bar in one of the most beautiful spots in the Hill Country.
Riley's Tavern is supposed to be in Fischer, but it's actually miles from there on Devil's Backbone, and that was the site of a fundraiser for someone with cancer.
And donating their time and some of their merchandise to that good cause were three talented musicians: Gurf Morlix, Slaid Cleaves and Ivan Brown.
I'd seen Slaid and Ivan before, but never with Gurf Morlix, so this was a time to listen to them swap songs and sing and play together for the first time.
Gurf Morlix's latest album is the profanely titled Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream, an ode to an Austin singer/songwriter who was killed in 1989 when he was 39 years old. The songs are Blaze's but Morlix puts his own spin to them.
My favorite is the first tune on the album, "Baby, Can I Crawl Back to You."
On his album Birth to Boneyard, from years ago, I fell in love with the cheerful little ditty called "Madalyn's Bones." It appears to be about famed atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair and how the last thing she would want is somebody praying over her bones.
His album Last Exit to Happyland includes the song "One Last Second," which is about a man's thoughts as he pulls the trigger of a gun.
His website is www.gurfmorlix.com.
Gurf also produces music for lots of folks, so he spreads his talent around.
Check him out sometime and check out the slideshow of the benefit concert with Slaid and Ivan.
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