Gurf Morlix has received some well-deserved attention in the past year for his role in the acclaimed biopic "Blaze" about the late Austin songwriter Blaze Foley, who was one of Morlix's best friends. But he's been one of Austin's most accomplished musicians for decades.
"Impossible Blue," Morlix's 10th studio album, is due out Feb. 8 on his own Rootball label. Recorded at his home studio west of Austin, it's classic Morlix music, a rough mix of blues and folk deeply grounded in the guitar grit that has been his trademark since his 1980s years in Lucinda Williams' band.
Morlix has produced or recorded with many of Austin's top Americana talents, including Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Butch Hancock and Slaid Cleaves. But his artistry comes into its sharpest focus on his own records. Today, Austin360 is premiering "Turpentine," a track from the new album:
Morlix offered the following thoughts about the inspiration for the song:
“You know the feeling. Something new. It’s exciting. So full of life. You think you might be in love. Makes everything seem slightly tilted. Your perspective is changed. Skewed a bit. In a good way. Time is altered. Surreal. Your whole reality is bending. But you can’t resist. You want more. You gotta have more! But somewhere in the back of your mind... you know. This can’t be as good as it seems. Clues come creepin' out of the fog. Soon enough reality rears its ugly head, and there you are, standin’ in a puddle of what’s left of your pride.
Turpentine is made from the sap of certain pine trees that only grow near the border of Florida and Georgia. They scrape the bark off and drain the sap like they do when making maple syrup. Turpentine doesn’t taste quite as good as maple syrup. I love the smell of pine trees, but if you’ve ever smelled turpentine, or tasted it, you have an idea what I’m talkin’ about here."