One Track Mind: Cary Morin, "Sing It Louder" (2011)

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There is a shambling, plain-spoken beauty to this track as Cary Morin, a Crow Indian from North Dakota, sings about dancing his way toward salvation. Powered by some ever-so-fleet fingerstyle guitar and a distinctive vocal — one that combines Van Morrison with a dusty-booted country tinge — “Sing It Louder” will make you want to do just that.

It’s only later that the song’s deeper message, the one about salvation, sinks in. And that’s just the beginning of the backstory for “Sing It Louder,” released on a North Carolina-based benefit label. The Music Maker Relief Foundation provides grants and other assistance to musicians who play traditional American music, arranges performance opportunities and makes recordings of the artists available for sale. A particular focus for the group is senior (over 55) American roots musicians in need.

Elsewhere on Morin’s album he traverses an impressive array of styles, from blues and jazz to bluegrass and reggae. But it’s here, on the title track, that he finds both his most memorable groove and perhaps his most heartfelt message of hope in troubled times. It’s great music, for a great cause.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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