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Gurf Morlix "Empty Cup"

When the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band came out, I was in high school. Back in those days, we thought nothing of gathering in person to share in the bounty of someone procuring a new album. (Boy does that sound quaint in these days of solitude and earbuds.) I listened to it the first time with a group of 15 close friends, and collectively, we were blown away, all of us staring at each other with our mouths open. Don't get me wrong, we had an inkling of how advanced the Beatles were with their previous two Beatles albums, Rubber Soul and Revolver, but even so, Sgt. Pepper was a quantum leap. For its stunning production, to its wide array of song styles, to what would become touchstones, embedded in the culture through all these years. Who would have thought that one of the most familiar songs would have been the somewhat goofy "When I'm 64"?

Yesterday Gurf Morlix hit the big 64, as we at Music Fog raise a glass to him in salute, with a chorus and verse of "64" in our hearts. Gurf wisely heads for the hills in summer, leaving the heat of Austin behind for the cool green pastures of a cabin in Canada. You can catch him in Toronto next month, before he makes his way back stateside. Today's song is a pretty rare thing for Gurf, it is a love song which can be found on the album, Gurf Morlix Finds The Present Tense, which was released in 2013. The song was co-written with Grant Peeples, and us Foggers got to record it back in 2011 at AmericanaFest in Nashville. Happy Birthday Gurf!


- Jessie Scott


Midnight River Choir "Jim Beam"

Happy Birthday America...Happy 4th Weekend! Hopefully you're enjoying some Q and bourbon and beer and maybe even some music. I gotta say, for us ex-XM folks, it was a little weird NOT being at Willie’s Picnic, which was broadcast on XM12 X Country for many happy years. It still airs on SiriusXM, so here's a shout out to the folks at Outlaw Country and Willie’s Roadhouse for keeping the dream alive. Many of the artists that played Willie’s 4th of July Picnic at the Austin 360 Amphitheater are staying in town for another very cool event on Monday, to benefit the victims of the Central Texas Memorial Day flooding.

I want to make sure that is on your radar, OUTLAW: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings at ACL Live at The Moody Theater this Monday. There are just a few tickets left for this once in a lifetime show with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Billy Joe Shaver. And they just added Alison Krauss and Robert Earl Keen to the line-up too!.

If you are a ticket holder, you can purchase admission to the OUTLAW AFTER-PARTY FOR TEXAS FLOOD RELIEF. 100% of your ticket purchase to the Outlaw After-Party will go to the United Way for Greater Austin and be earmarked for Memorial Day Central Texas flood victims.

Unfortunately, this time some of our friends, The Midnight River Choir, were impacted by the rising water. All their vehicles were damaged along with most everything they owned. Give if you can. I know you will join me in wishing to have order again and peace of mind for all the folks impacted by the devastation from the flood waters.

The MRC carry on. They were just out west on tour and are back in Texas now. That is one way to take one’s mind off it. And of course there is always bourbon. “Jim Beam,” can be found on 2008’s Freedom Wine CD. We caught up with The Midnight River Choir during SXSW© in 2012 during our Music Fog Marathon at Threadgill's.

- Jessie Scott