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Cash Is King

by Shiny Old Soul

Upbeat, acoustic rhythms, mingled minor melodies, uncommon lyrics. many voices, nostalgic irreverence, reflections from the twilight of America.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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3. Siren on the Rocks
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5. 4th of July
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cosmic roots ensemble Shiny Old Soul announces the release of their
first full length album “Cash is King” (Jan 2012) The core trio of Gregory
Morris (guitar/vocal,) Michael Sadoff (bass/vocal) & Katherine Monnig
(percussion) have been making music together for 7 years now, having
released their first full length album “Houses in the Sky” under the name
The Gregory Morris Group (2005.) When original member Jay Ensminger
(piano, sax) left the band to start a family, a name change was in order
followed by a new recording. “Cash is King,” originally meant to be a
quickie to sell on the streets of New Orleans, became a full fledged album
with the addition of harmony vocalists Laura Hughes & Lee Schmidt, whose
vocal tracks were added to a solid live foundation recorded in a barn in
College Hill under the auspices of the patient, if not slightly surly,
engineering prowess of Jeff Roberson (Murder Creek Assembly.)

These songs reflect a streetwise simplicity, as becoming of a French
Quarter sidewalk, and as such there is minimal ornamentation, favoring a
“what you see is what you get” approach. That being said, great efforts
were made to capture the dynamics of this self-schooled group of friends
whose love of art eclipses their love of money. “We don’t do this because
we want to,” lyricist and lead vocalist Gregory Morris claims, “we do this
because we have to. It is our medicine, and hopefully that medicine will
heal others as it does us.” With comparisons ranging from Van Morrison to
The Decembrists, Shiny Old Soul draws on their vintage roots while always
striving to tell their stories in a new and compelling way.

"While Shiny Old Soul is relatively new, the core trio of Gregory Morris (vocals, guitar), Katherine Monnig (percussion) and Michael Sadoff (bass) has been performing together for seven years, mostly as The Gregory Morris Group. While they changed the band name after the departure of original member Jay Ensminger, GMG fans will instantly fall in love with Shiny Old Soul.

That’s because one of GMG’s strongest assets — an almost telepathic, harmonious connection between the musicians that is so evident it’s palpable — carries over to the “new” crew. Shiny Old Soul makes a magical noise on Cash Is King, with a Folk/Rock base creating the river on which the sounds flow, natural and breezy. It’s wildly organic and stream-of-conscious-esque (thanks partly to the unfussy, crisp production of Jeff Roberson), hypnotic yet consistently (at least in tone) upbeat and buoyant, with a celebratory sound that may be the result of the band’s spiritual connection to New Orleans (where they’ve had adventures in busking in the past). They lay out the good vibes on their “theme song” (my designation, not theirs) “SOS” with the line “Each of us possesses a shiny old soul.” (Oh, and the “cosmic” part of the band’s self-description becomes clear in lyrics like the ones from “Shimmer” and its trippy refrain “Rooftop, boombox, U.F.O.,” as well as scattered pot and wine references.)

Driven by Morris’ jazzy acoustic guitar wizardry, you’ll hear elements of atypical folkies like Cat Stevens, Tim Buckley and Neil Young in the grooves, while the transcendent multi-part harmonies are the icing on the Cosmic Roots cake.

The communal spirit of Shiny Old Soul’s music is so infectious, you may end up asking if you can join the band and run away with their gypsy caravan by the end of their set Friday night. Just be sure you don’t have an aversion to New Orleans." Mike Breen, CityBeat (Cincinnati)


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