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Don’t Overdo It: Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, January 21 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-01-05 11:33:52

Whitey Morgan & the 78's. Photo by Doug Coombe.If you listen to the self-titled second album by Whitey Morgan & the 78’s and think the band makes outlaw country sound easy, Morgan probably wouldn’t object.

When he described finding his sound, Morgan – the stage name of Eric Allen – said, “It was difficult until I realized that ... limitations can be a beautiful thing.”

He said his band – which will perform at RIBCO on January 21 – initially tried to sound like country from the middle part of the 20th Century, but they didn’t have the chops to pull it off. It was only when they embraced the relative simplicity of the outlaw-country movement – personified by artists such as Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings – that things started to click.

I jokingly suggested that the problem was that he was too ambitious, and Morgan didn’t take offense and didn’t think I was kidding; he agreed.

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