Andover Musicians and Musical Groups - Frank Morey
From Andover Answers
- In his mid-teens Frank Morey Picked up a guitar to play REM type tunes with his 10th grade band at the Red Barn in North Andover. He graduated from Andover High in 1990.
- By 1998 he had gone solo and self-produced his first CD, BourbonSoakedHalo, which he was disappointed to find filed under folk music. He picked up a lot of material for his songwriting as a bartender in Lowell as he enjoyed Lowell's economic and ethnic diversity. Some of his songs reflected Andover and Phillips Academy as well, as in Suburban Dreams. In 2000 Tom Rush picked Frank Morey to take part in one of his Club 47 shows which took place at the Collins Center. At the auditions, the hometown crowd cheered him on. His first album, Father John's Music, was released in 2000.
- After the Club 47 show he toured regularly, doing 30 gigs in 2002 with a new band. He found increased radio play and exposure in the folk community. He even travelled to Italy to "occupy" a piazza in a festival called Artisti in Piazza. His second CD Cold in Hand came out. His third album Delmark Sessions was issued when he signed with the Delmark label. He was compared to Lou Reed, Tom Waits, and Bob Dylan for his singing voice, humor, and song writing. He has attracted fans who like a gutsy, punk-minded, in-your-face, form of folk rock.
- By 2003 he had appeared at the Chicago Blues Festival and written music for the 22nd Bloomsday on Broadway show in New York City. He played across the country as well as weekly at local venues in Somerville, Cambridge, and Worchester. He credits his formal musical education to Andover High, but says he "was schooled in Andover, and got an education in Lowell." He says that he does not want fame and fortune, just "to work steady" and to have enough time with his daughter.
- The Bartender's Blues.(portrait) Andover Townsman, 6/18/1998, pages 2,4.
- Local Boy Makes Good, with a Rush Job. Frank Morey, Les Sampou for Andover "Club 47" Show.(portrait) Andover Townsman, 3/23/2000, page 24.
- Morey: "Cool" on LIps, Cold in Hand. Andover Townsman 4/4/2002, page 8.
- Fresh from Chicago Blues Festival, Andover Native Rocks Broadway. Andover Townsman 7/10/2003, page 19.
--Leslie 09:54, November 18, 2011 (EST)
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