It has been four years since the release of The Delmark Sessions! …Time crawls, don't it?
As the flickerin' neon sign at Vincent's in Wormtown, MA reads- "this is it".
11 bourbon-soaked tunes. Callin' it MADE IN USA.
It is a continued work of Scott Pittman and myself and welcomes Andrew Bergmann on upright bass. Some songs will be famil'ar others may catch you by surprise. They all have their own little quirks and I am real proud of 'em.
Scott Matthew Pittman may be at his personal best on this record. When a song starts to haunt me- I wait. It is almost as if I want it to go away. If it's tough- it stays. I rarely write it down. When I bring it into the real world- Scott's there. -I'll say stuff, like "Scott, give me the sound of a train", "What do you think the devil's wagon sounds like?", "Make it rain." That's it. The rest is Scott. I never tell Scott Pittman what to do. I may tell him what not to do, but Pittman will nail it nine times out of ten. Sometimes it pisses me off. The last song on the record is a complete collaboration with Scott- I wrote it for him- I wanted to have a moment in the show where I make him do something impossible. I wanted it to be two minutes long…he kept pounding (for seven) and created “No Evil”. I put it last because it didn’t play well with the rest of the children. It might be one of the best songs I’ve recorded. Mr. Pittman also arranged my trash-barrel horn melodies. He works as an interpreter for musicians who dare attempt to "sound like 13 angry elephants with tin cans stuck to the bottom of their feet". Scott Matthew Pittman has stayed a loyal musical partner for six years now. Old School.
Andrew Bergmann answered an ad when Joe Faria retired on bass. I spoke with him briefly, and then gave Scott his number. Pittman asked him to sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” on the phone. No hesitation. Andrew not only sang it- he did a round. Scott called me back and said, “He’ll do.” Andrew nailed the song “MADE IN USA”. He made the small bridge in “This Ol’ Life” choke spit then breathe. Bergmann knows music…very well. He’s been with us for a year and we are still breaking him- funny how the best dog takes a while to listen right.
I’d like to thank Bob Nash, Peter Linnane, Bryan Mac, Pam Murray and Eileen Rose for helping us give these songs a third leg.
This record would not have been completed without the love and support of my love and support. Thank you. I love you.
September five, twenty-ought-six
"Singer-songwriter Frank Morey has never been accused of having a sweet, pretty, angelic sort of voice. The Lowell, MA, native is known for a rough, rugged, throaty style of singing, and his voice is perfect for his very earthy, blues-minded folk-rock. Morey's expressive vocals are as gritty as they are soulful.
The New Englander, who plays acoustic guitar and harmonica, brings a variety of influences to the table. He has often been compared to early Tom Waits, and his other influences range from Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen to the late Chicago blues giant Howlin' Wolf. In the northeast part of the United States, Morey has tended to fare well among fans of anti-folk. Morey isn't anti-folk per se - he has a more classic type of sound - but like the anti-folk crowd, he likes his folk-rock with a tough hard edge and a lot of guts.
Morey, whose live performances typically include both covers and original material, has been playing the Massachusetts club scene since the 90's. His first album, Father John's Medicine, was released on the Indigo Hamlet label in 2000 and was followed by the sophomore album, Cold in Hand. In 2002, Morey signed with veteran producer Bob Koester's Chicago-based Delmark label and recorded his third album, the Delmark Sessions." - Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
Morey's fourth CD, MADE IN USA, was released Dec 2006.