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Craig Morrison
Titre: Live at the Oscar
Étiquette: Gala Records
Numéro: Gal-103


Craig Morrison
Titre: Rocket Radio
Étiquette: Gala Records
Numéro: Gal-104

Live at the Oscar


ALive At The Oscar was recorded at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. 

The CD features a roots rocking mix of classics of rhythm & blues such as GoodRockin’ Tonight; rockabilly including Buddy Holly’s Everyday; British invasion When You Walk In the Room ; and folk rock Where Have All the Flowers Gone?; plus original songs Postcard From Amsterdam and Himalaya.

Released February 3, 2005.





Assembled from studio tracks and two live performances—at the Rockabilly Jam series in 1998 and at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in 1999—the CD is half original compositions and half covers.  The songs resonate with connections to roots and traditional sources, subjects Morrison knows well as the professor of Rock and Roll and Its Roots for Concordia University’s Music Department.

From their days backing the legendary rhythm & blues pioneer Vann “Piano Man” Walls, Craig Morrison & the Momentz reprise songs by the Clovers and Big Joe Turner on which Vann originally participated, and perform a tribute in “When Captain Vann Plays the Blues.”

Inspired by meeting rockabilly veterans, Morrison covers songs by musicians he interviewed: Charlie Feathers (Memphis) and Jackie Lee Cochran (Los Angeles).  One of the original compositions eulogizes the late Handsome Ned (Toronto).

Morrison was raised in Victoria BC, where he began playing guitar in 1966.  His latest research is on West Coast rock of the period, hence a cover of “Incense and Peppermints” by the Strawberry Alarm Clock of Santa Barbara, California.  Other songs on this diverse program come from traditional folk and from the Memphis Jug Band and Don Gibson.

In addition to mining the sources, Morrison’s own songs, including one performed alone with acoustic guitar, show that the tradition continues.