One of the things I told our gracious host when he asked if I wanted to write for 9b was that I wanted to bring in some Texas flavor. Now I might occasionally write in a style that is reminiscent of my home state but I have been remiss in bringing the real flavor with me. Most of what I have done is the usual fare save three posts that I can think of. This is a long overdue post. I recorded this interview some months back and due to circumstances had to recover the original recording and clean it up as best I could. I can’t explain the pops during the interview but I am not a sound engineer. It’s not the greatest sound quality ever but I have cleaned it up as best I can. So go ahead and click play and listen while you read about the rest of the evening.
I was honestly nervous as hell about this since it was my first interview. I had sent out some e-mails to the publicists of Texas Country artists that I like and really didn’t expect anything to come of it. Then I got a call from Trey Lawson asking me if I wanted to interview Cory Morrow on a day’s notice. I accepted and had no idea what I was in for.
My brother came along for the show and we got to Dosey Doe about an hour and a half before the show started. This is where things started getting impressive. I normally go to dive bars to see shows and I like it that way. I have seen Cory in different dives over the years but this place was different. It’s a small place that I had never heard of and let me tell you that the venue needs it’s own full review but since this is a music blog I am tacking it on to the interview…
The place is a barn on the side of I-45 North just outside of Houston. Now don’t start thinking this is some sort of Cadillac Ranch scenario because it’s not by any stretch. The barn is 150 year old barn that was moved to Texas from Kentucky and lovingly rebuilt and built out to be a coffee shop over the course of two years. The man who masterminded the construction, Michael Ford, is still on staff as a manager and was there that night and made it his business to see that we were comfortable. When you walk in you can tell that this is not your average venue. It’s a dinner and a show sort of place but not like a joint that has a guy out back with a BBQ pit and some ribs. The main dining hall consists of a stage area and tables, no standing room, with a coffee bar and regular bar along the back wall. There are two level above this with tables positioned around the railing so that everyone can see the stage seating a total of 250 but you’d never know it walking in. The whole place, no matter where you are, feels like Grandma’s dining room.
The sound is not pushed out through huge stacks next to stage and you’d be hard pressed to notice a speaker anywhere in the room if you weren’t looking and yet the sound is amazing. This was accomplished by the owner bringing in two sound engineers, ignorant of each other, and following their advice wherever it agreed. They use small speakers throughout the venue so that the sound is the same no matter where you are standing. When Cory finally took the stage I was completely impressed. The sound was really amazing and his stories between songs sound like the man was standing next to you. And then there’s the menu…Gulf Seafood Martini, Smoked Duck and Forest Mushroom Quesadillas, 16 oz Buffalo Porterhouse and so much more.
The owner was there as well that night, Mr. Stephen Said, and bragged quite deservedly about his quaint little joint. Aside from being friendly and personable you could tell that his love for music, coffee, and food had spilled over into his place. All the food is prepared from scratch, all the coffee roasted in house, and the setup for dinner and music is arranged so everyone is through with their meal before the artist of the night starts playing so that both the amazing music and mouth watering food can be truly enjoyed. If you are out this way you need to make it a point to see a show at Dosey Doe because, no matter who is playing, it’s gonna be one of the best shows you’ve ever seen. Truth be told I had planned to have my anniversary dinner with the wife there but life got all in the way and it’s damn shame I ain’t been back. I think I will remedy that soon.
After the interview I asked Cory what tracks he would put up along with interview and he gave me a long list. I left some of them off because I don’t have them here but here are Cory’s picks for you folks to get introduced to his music:
Cory Morrow – He Carries Me off Vagrants and Kings
Cory Morrow – Light On The Stage off The Cory Morrow Band
Cory Morrow – (Love Me) Like You Used To Do off Outside The Lines
Cory Morrow – 21 Days off Full Exposure (Live)
Cory Morrow – GTMO Blues off Full Exposure (Live)
Cory Morrow – Big City Stripper off Full Exposure (Live)