FolkWorld #73 11/2020
© Continental Song City

Across the Western Ocean

A Dockside Saint

Cary Morin

Artist Video Cary Morin @ FROG

12 powerful tracks recorded by acoustic folk and blues guitarist Cary Morin at Dockside Studio, LA.

This recording project came about in 2018, at the urging of a friend of mine from Lafayette, LA. He thought that my Piedmont blues style of songwriting and guitar playing was a good fit for the rhythms and sounds of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music. He took me out to tour the infamous Dockside Studios in Maurice, LA, and encouraged Dockside’s founding engineer/producer, Tony Daigle, to attend my show in Lafayette that evening. Tony did come to my show that night, and upon leaving, told me that if I were to want to come to Maurice to record, he was my man. With the help of Tony Daigle and local drummer, Dave Nezat, we began to assemble an all-star cast of Lafayette area musical heroes and make a plan.

Cary Morin: Dockside Saints

Cary Morin "Dockside Saints", Continental Song City, 2020

The lure of working with such an illustrious & talented group in this multi-award winning Louisiana studio was too good to resist. I went home from that tour and began to write a collection of songs, specifically for this project. I returned in April of 2019 to spend one solid week with Tony and the guys, laying down all of the foundational tracks. Over these past several months, we have added various instrumentation and harmony vocals and as of February 2020, completed all aspects of recording, mixing, and mastering.

The ancient Native culture of the South has been an inspiration as it relates to our travels and what has become an annual pilgrimage to the Mississippi Valley. This collection of songs represents our annual migration, just as my ancestors migrated from this region to the Western Plains so many centuries ago; sharing culture through music and more along the way. It is the product of our imagination of what was, and what has become our love of the sounds of the south.

Cary Morin is the winner of multiple indigenous awards for his virtuoso and inventive blues guitar picking style. But Cary is much more than just a fine picker. His gritty, soulful voice is the carrier for all the great and impressive stories this musical story teller wants to share. His previous album When I Rise, was his first ever European release and it was received with great enthusiasm by fans and media alike. For Dockside Saints, Morin travelled to Louisiana to work with a an all-star cast of Lafayette area musical heroes. He recorded 12 powerful tracks at Dockside Studio in Maurice, LA, produced and engineered by multi-Grammy winning producer/engineer, Tony Daigle. Be prepared for a great gumbo of Cary Morin's signature sound mixed with- and flavored by some genuine bayou rhythms.

Cary was scheduled to tour Europe in October but guess what... so we will have to do with this live video of the opening song of this powerful album, Nobody Gotta Know.

Photo Credits: (1)-(2) Cary Morin (unknown/website).

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