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In July of 1977 the Christopher Morris Band's debut album by the same name was released on MCA Records (MCA 2282) and hailed by Ken Tucker of Rolling Stone as something new in pop music – fusion – a blend of roots, rock and jazz forms. The album's producer Al Kooper described the band as “musicians' musicians” and seventy-five FM album-oriented radio stations across the country added the record to their core collections. A single was readied for release and Boston appearances introduced the band to an audience eager for more. On the eve of a national tour, Kooper and Mike Maitland, then ... Read more

In July of 1977 the Christopher Morris Band's debut album by the same name was released on MCA Records (MCA 2282) and hailed by Ken Tucker of Rolling Stone as something new in pop music – fusion – a blend of roots, rock and jazz forms. The album's producer Al Kooper described the band as “musicians' musicians” and seventy-five FM album-oriented radio stations across the country added the record to their core collections. A single was readied for release and Boston appearances introduced the band to an audience eager for more. On the eve of a national tour, Kooper and Mike Maitland, then president of MCA had an historic falling out, resulting in the termination of Al's MCA projects and any further promotional support for the record.

The original Christopher Morris Band was centered on Chris Morris's voice, guitar and songwriting, with Janet Morris contributing lyrics and bass guitar, Leslie Kuipers adding rhythm and lead guitars, and Vince 'Vinnie' Colaiuta playing drums. Inspired by the likes of Hendrix, the Meters, Weather Report, Willie Nelson, the Stax house band, Stuff, and Sly and the Family Stone, Chris laced his roots songwriting style with second line grooves and sinewy funk.

Back on the street after such an auspicious beginning, the band regrouped in LA, dug in with their long time friend, producer/engineer Sherry Klein, and knocked out three remarkable song demos at Larrabee Sound in Hollywood. With the band for these sessions were brothers Tommy and Davey Farragher who added skin-tight backup vocals and keyboards. Chris had learned a lot about production from the Kooper adventure. These new songs foreshadowed the future of Chris's sound – propulsive, cinematic, defying one-word descriptions. Two of those three songs, First Long Day and I Don't Mind, appear on Everybody Knows. The other nine song selections on Everybody Knows are carefully culled from Chris's output between '79 and '94 and include personnel listed in the accompanying material. The album's bonus track, Sacred Band March, an instrumental parade march, was recorded in New York in the late eighties and relates to the Sacred Band series of novels by Janet and Chris Morris.

Everybody Knows is notable for more than compelling songs; it documents the evolution of an American Music original. Chris Morris's musical journey intuitively defines a new category of musical expression, characterized by freedom to cross any market boundary in order make a more meaningful musical statement. Everybody Knows traces the Christopher Morris Band's quest to reach their audience – a journey producing, for the first time, hybrid forms only recently recognized and charted by Billboard Magazine as 'Americana.'

We hope you enjoy Everybody Knows by the Christopher Morris Band.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

In July of 1977 the Christopher Morris Band's debut album by the same name was released on MCA Records (MCA 2282) and hailed by Ken Tucker of Rolling Stone as something new in pop music – fusion – a blend of roots, rock and jazz forms. The album's producer Al Kooper described the band as “musicians' musicians” and seventy-five FM album-oriented radio stations across the country added the record to their core collections. A single was readied for release and Boston appearances introduced the band to an audience eager for more. On the eve of a national tour, Kooper and Mike Maitland, then president of MCA had an historic falling out, resulting in the termination of Al's MCA projects and any further promotional support for the record.

The original Christopher Morris Band was centered on Chris Morris's voice, guitar and songwriting, with Janet Morris contributing lyrics and bass guitar, Leslie Kuipers adding rhythm and lead guitars, and Vince 'Vinnie' Colaiuta playing drums. Inspired by the likes of Hendrix, the Meters, Weather Report, Willie Nelson, the Stax house band, Stuff, and Sly and the Family Stone, Chris laced his roots songwriting style with second line grooves and sinewy funk.

Back on the street after such an auspicious beginning, the band regrouped in LA, dug in with their long time friend, producer/engineer Sherry Klein, and knocked out three remarkable song demos at Larrabee Sound in Hollywood. With the band for these sessions were brothers Tommy and Davey Farragher who added skin-tight backup vocals and keyboards. Chris had learned a lot about production from the Kooper adventure. These new songs foreshadowed the future of Chris's sound – propulsive, cinematic, defying one-word descriptions. Two of those three songs, First Long Day and I Don't Mind, appear on Everybody Knows. The other nine song selections on Everybody Knows are carefully culled from Chris's output between '79 and '94 and include personnel listed in the accompanying material. The album's bonus track, Sacred Band March, an instrumental parade march, was recorded in New York in the late eighties and relates to the Sacred Band series of novels by Janet and Chris Morris.

Everybody Knows is notable for more than compelling songs; it documents the evolution of an American Music original. Chris Morris's musical journey intuitively defines a new category of musical expression, characterized by freedom to cross any market boundary in order make a more meaningful musical statement. Everybody Knows traces the Christopher Morris Band's quest to reach their audience – a journey producing, for the first time, hybrid forms only recently recognized and charted by Billboard Magazine as 'Americana.'

We hope you enjoy Everybody Knows by the Christopher Morris Band.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

In July of 1977 the Christopher Morris Band's debut album by the same name was released on MCA Records (MCA 2282) and hailed by Ken Tucker of Rolling Stone as something new in pop music – fusion – a blend of roots, rock and jazz forms. The album's producer Al Kooper described the band as “musicians' musicians” and seventy-five FM album-oriented radio stations across the country added the record to their core collections. A single was readied for release and Boston appearances introduced the band to an audience eager for more. On the eve of a national tour, Kooper and Mike Maitland, then president of MCA had an historic falling out, resulting in the termination of Al's MCA projects and any further promotional support for the record.

The original Christopher Morris Band was centered on Chris Morris's voice, guitar and songwriting, with Janet Morris contributing lyrics and bass guitar, Leslie Kuipers adding rhythm and lead guitars, and Vince 'Vinnie' Colaiuta playing drums. Inspired by the likes of Hendrix, the Meters, Weather Report, Willie Nelson, the Stax house band, Stuff, and Sly and the Family Stone, Chris laced his roots songwriting style with second line grooves and sinewy funk.

Back on the street after such an auspicious beginning, the band regrouped in LA, dug in with their long time friend, producer/engineer Sherry Klein, and knocked out three remarkable song demos at Larrabee Sound in Hollywood. With the band for these sessions were brothers Tommy and Davey Farragher who added skin-tight backup vocals and keyboards. Chris had learned a lot about production from the Kooper adventure. These new songs foreshadowed the future of Chris's sound – propulsive, cinematic, defying one-word descriptions. Two of those three songs, First Long Day and I Don't Mind, appear on Everybody Knows. The other nine song selections on Everybody Knows are carefully culled from Chris's output between '79 and '94 and include personnel listed in the accompanying material. The album's bonus track, Sacred Band March, an instrumental parade march, was recorded in New York in the late eighties and relates to the Sacred Band series of novels by Janet and Chris Morris.

Everybody Knows is notable for more than compelling songs; it documents the evolution of an American Music original. Chris Morris's musical journey intuitively defines a new category of musical expression, characterized by freedom to cross any market boundary in order make a more meaningful musical statement. Everybody Knows traces the Christopher Morris Band's quest to reach their audience – a journey producing, for the first time, hybrid forms only recently recognized and charted by Billboard Magazine as 'Americana.'

We hope you enjoy Everybody Knows by the Christopher Morris Band.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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