20 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It may be a cliché to compare a singer/songwriter's work to short story writing—but Bill Morrissey was a published novelist as well as a songsmith, so the comparison is more apropos than usual. With his Mississippi John Hurt–influenced fingerpicking style and grizzled-old-prospector voice, Morrissey gave every tune he touched a singular sound. This collection covers almost his entire career and captures him at his best. Morrissey crafted deceptively simple vignettes of blue-collar life ("Barstow," "Small Town on the River") and humble, everyday epiphany ("Handsome Molly") in plainspoken language with brief poetic flurries, making it all sound effortless.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It may be a cliché to compare a singer/songwriter's work to short story writing—but Bill Morrissey was a published novelist as well as a songsmith, so the comparison is more apropos than usual. With his Mississippi John Hurt–influenced fingerpicking style and grizzled-old-prospector voice, Morrissey gave every tune he touched a singular sound. This collection covers almost his entire career and captures him at his best. Morrissey crafted deceptively simple vignettes of blue-collar life ("Barstow," "Small Town on the River") and humble, everyday epiphany ("Handsome Molly") in plainspoken language with brief poetic flurries, making it all sound effortless.

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