Discography

 

Compact discs

- Dreamland Blues, by Craig "rockinprof" Morrison
- Roots, Rockin’, Rollin’ : live in Montreal 1988 - 2011, by Craig Morrison & the Momentz
- Rock and Roll Dance Party, by Vintage Wine
- Blowing in the Wind : A Tribute to Bob Dylan and his Musical World, by Craig Morrison & Friends
- Stand By Me - Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Motown and Soul, by Craig Morrison & the Momentz, Vintage Wine, the Never-Be Brothers + guests
That’ll Be the Day : Buddy Holly and Friends Remembered, by Craig Morrison & ...
Deep Water, by The Never-Be Brothers
Live at the Oscar, by Craig Morrison & the Momentz
Rocket Radio, by Craig Morrison & the Momentz
- Craig Morrison & his Hillbilly Night All-Stars - Echoes From the Wheel Club
Craig Morrison & his bluegrass
buddies : Echoes From the Blue Angel

Craig Morrison & a Couple of Momentz : Live at
Zeke’s Gallery

Pat Loiselle & the Harmony Two : Live at Zeke’s
Gallery

The Lew Dite Skiffle Group : Live at Zeke’s Gallery
Lew Dite : A Skiffle Portrait
Slim Sandy & the Shady Rhythm Cats : Live at
Zeke’s Gallery

Sophia Wolff & the Cubs : Afternoon Fun
Gerry Kandestin : Me Once Again
Gerry Kandestin : Forgotten Wind
Boppin’ In Canada (anthology- Craig Morrison
& the Momentz do "Gal Named Jo")

Cassettes

Gerry Kandestin : Songs I Remember
Steve Leblanc : 20 Years to Get Here
The Royal Canadian Maple Saps : Wickey Wackey Woo
20 Fingers : You Asked For It


Dreamland Blues

by Craig "rockinprof" Morrison

A solo acoustic record : singing with guitar (and slight additional instruments occasionally). Contains :
- original songs (*)
- blues classics from Leadbelly and Brownie McGhee
- pop songs from the 1920s

1. Ain’t No More Cane On the Brazos

2. Blues My Naughtie Sweetie Gives To Me

3. Button Up Your Overcoat

4. Dreamland Blues (*)

5. Leaving Home (Frankie and Johnny)

6. Hide and Seek (*)

7. History, Maybe Wisdom (*)

8. Love Comes Home Again (*)

9. Oh, Lady Be Good !

10. Sooner or Later (*)

11. Sporting Life

12. Same Old Secret (*)

13. The Same Only Different (*)

14. Walking In the Rain (*)

15. White Table Blues (*)

Buy now from this website via paypal, a trusted and secure method for online transactions : $18 Canadian, includes free shipping from Montreal to anywhere, plus autograph if requested.


Roots, Rockin’, Rollin’ : live in Montreal 1988 - 2011

by Craig Morrison & the Momentz

These tracks were recorded in performance at night clubs, a church basement, on the radio, and the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (the Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert, various years).

Contains
- four original songs (*)
- three rockabilly songs from 1958
- three from the British invasion
- three public domain folk songs (two about guys named Jones) in new arrangements
- and one each from Delta blues, British blues, Nashville country, ‘50s rock and roll, and the folk revival

1. Astrology (*)

2. Greenback Dollar

3. Rockin’ Record Hop

4. I Got a Rocket in My Pocket

5. Say Mama

6. From a Window

7. Don’t Bother Me

8. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

9. Who Do You Love

10. I’m Tired

11. Terraplane Blues

12. The Girl I Left Behind

13. Casey Jones

14. Jim Jones

15. Trouble’s Back In Town

16. Throw It Away (Like a Paper Plate) (*)

17. Lie Detector Revelation (*)

18. You Threw Me Down (*)

Buy now from this website via paypal, a trusted and secure method for online transactions : $18 Canadian, includes free shipping from Montreal to anywhere, plus autograph if requested.

Thanks for the CDs, really enjoyed them ! I really dug your version of "Casey Jones." Of all the blues guys I’ve ever heard perform that song, I think yours is the best. No kidding ! Your selection of rarities and deep knowledge of the blues and rock is truly amazing. - William A., Arlington, Virginia


Rock and Roll Dance Party

by Vintage Wine

Half of the songs were recorded in the studio, the other half live at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. Includes songs by Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and many others. It sounds great and we’re proud of it !

1. California Blue

2. In Dreams

3. I’m Walkin’

4. This Magic Moment

5. Honey Don’t

6. Roll Over Beethoven

7. The Stroll

8. Fortune Teller

9. The Letter

10. Bring It On Home

11. Sea Cruise

12. Cupid

13. Memphis

14. Lonely Weekend

15. Little Green Bag

16. Unchained Melody

17. That’s How Strong My Love Is

18. Get Ready

19. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

20. Town Without Pity

21. I Heard It Through the Grapevine

22. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite


Blowing in the Wind : A Tribute to Bob Dylan and his Musical World

by Craig Morrison & Friends

1. intro

2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

3. Song to Woody

4. Mr. Tambourine Man

5. My Back Pages

6. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

7. I Want You

8. Just Like A Woman

9. Seven Days

10. Buckets of Rain

11. Abandoned Love

12. Diamonds and Rust

13. Gotta Serve Somebody

14. Every Grain of Sand

15. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

16. Make You Feel My Love

17. All Along the Watchtower


Stand By Me - Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Motown and Soul

by Craig Morrison & the Momentz, Vintage Wine, the Never-Be Brothers + guests

1. intro

2. Trouble in Mind

3. Dedicated to the One I Love

4. Reconsider Baby

5. (I Don’t Know Why) But I Do

6. Anna (Go To Him)

7. You’re No Good

8. Born Under A Bad Sign

9. Shake A Tail Feather

10. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me

11. I’ll Be There

12. I Got You (I Feel Good)

13. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

14. Hold On ! I’m Comin’

15. Going to a Go-Go

16. Tears of a Clown

17. The Tracks of My Tears

18. When A Man Loves A Woman

19. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

20. Stand By Me


Craig Morrison & ... : That’ll Be the Day

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Fifty years after the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper in a plane crash while on the Winter Dance Party tour, a group of 12 musicians gathered to pay tribute to them, as well as Holly’s early influences and contemporaries.

The songs were "delivered with devotion by true believers playing the hell out of them" [Bernard Perusse - Montreal Gazette].

Included are versions of Holly’s first release (Blue Days, Black Nights) and some of his best songs :
- It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
- That’ll Be the Day
- Down the Line
- Maybe Baby
- Midnight Shift
- Wishing
- Well...All Right
- Not Fade Away
- Raining in my Heart

The CD also includes songs by :
- Ritchie Valens
- the Big Bopper
- Dion
- Chuck Berry
- Bo Diddley
- Little Richard


The Never-Be Brothers : Deep Water

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Craig Morrison & the Momentz : Live at the Oscar

Recorded at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. Click
here for full details
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Craig Morrison & The Momentz : Rocket Radio

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Assembled from studio tracks and two live performances-at the Rockabilly Jam series in 1998 and at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in 1999-the CD is half original compositions and half covers. The songs resonate with connections to roots and traditional sources, subjects Morrison knows well as the professor of Rock and Roll and Its Roots for Concordia University’s Music Department.

From their days backing the legendary rhythm & blues pioneer Vann “Piano Man” Walls, Craig Morrison & the Momentz reprise songs by the Clovers and Big Joe Turner on which Vann originally participated, and perform a tribute in “When Captain Vann Plays the Blues.” Inspired by meeting rockabilly veterans while researching his book Go Cat Go ! Rockabilly Music and Its Makers, Morrison covers songs by musicians he interviewed : Charlie Feathers (Memphis) and Jackie Lee Cochran (Los Angeles). One of the original compositions eulogizes the late Handsome Ned (Toronto). Other songs on this diverse program come from traditional folk, the Memphis Jug Band, Don Gibson, and the Strawberry Alarm Clock. In addition to mining the sources, Morrison’s own songs, including one performed alone with acoustic guitar, show that the tradition continues.

For reviews and purchase info, click here.


Craig Morrison & his bluegrass buddies : Echoes From the Blue Angel

This album was recorded in 1990 and remastered for CD in 2005. It
documents the kind of music Craig plays on Monday Nights, at Montreal’s
legendary Hillbilly Night. 

Click here for more details.


Craig Morrison and a Couple of Momentz : Live at Zeke’s Gallery
Volume 30, Sunday December 8, 2002

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with Pat Loiselle (vocals, harmonica, mandolin, slide guitar)
and Ed Tapceanu (bass, vocals)

 "At last a record recorded at Zeke’s that sounds good, not because it’s well recorded, but because that scratchy live feel adds to the experience. This bluegrass trio sound like they’re having a party at the Grand Ole Opry or some juke joint off the Mississippi interstate. I love the plucking and picking and Morrison’s wonderfully evocative vocals, but if you close your eyes, you’ll be transported back in time to the very crossroads where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil." 
Bugs Burnett, Hour, June 19, 2003 : 15.


 

Pat Loiselle and the Harmony Two : Live at Zeke’s Gallery
Volume 35, Sunday December 22, 2002.

with Craig Morrison (vocals, guitar, mandolin)
and Costa Zafiropoulos (bass)
 

"Pat Loiselle has a voice to be heard : clear, high and lonesome-like,
whether it’s trad blues, bluegrass or vintage rock ’n’ roll. Pairing up with Craig Morrison doesn’t hurt. And Pat’s a harpist and guitarist and mandolinist. The balance in the harmony voices isn’t quite there, and some tunes work better than others. But Blue Moon of Kentucky or the grass-ified Crossroads or a cool Merry Christmas Baby would do as samples of their work on a compilation. Dean Cottrill, Hour, June 19, 2003 : 15.


 
Slim Sandy & the Shady Rhythm Boys : Live at Zeke’s
Gallery

Volume 32, December 15, 2002.


Sophia Wolff and the Cubs : Afternoon Fun

Craig Morrison played lap steel on several tracks, and upright bass on one, plus helped Sophia write the song "Unlovable." See Sophia’s website here.

For an article on the band, click here.



  Lew Dite : A Skiffle Portrait


Known as Canada’s Skiffle King, local songster John "Lew Dite" Parsons
took his stage name in solidarity with the luddites, an archaic
anti-technology movement. Parsons was born in 1941, and his original group,
The Skifflebillies, played in Montreal and the Laurentians from 1957 to 1959
during the heyday of British Skiffle. In the early ’60’s, he played folk
music, but by 1966 had abandoned his music for other adventures.

Two decades
later, upon discovering Bob Fuller’s enduring Hillbilly Night at the Wheel
Club in N.D.G., he took on the Lew Dite persona and formed The Lew Dite
Skiffle Group. This act appeared at venues as varied as Zeke’s Gallery and
Concordia’s Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, where for three consecutive years
they participated in Craig Morrison’s Annual Roots of Rock ’n’ Roll Concert.
Lew Dite now combines his roots in skiffle and folk with old-timey country
and influences from his father, Bill Parsons, who was born in Liverpool in
1903 and immigrated to Canada in 1927. He played ukulele and tenor banjo
and sang the Tin Pan Alley songs of the period. Carrying on these
traditions, Lew Dite sings a wide ranging repertoire while playing either
guitar, ukulele, 5-string banjo, or tenor banjo, throwing in some kazoo
solos as a bonus.

Lew Dite has posted around 300 film clips of himself singing old songs on youtube, some including other musicians. These clips have brought him international audience and much correspondence about his music.


Boppin’ In Canada. Released by and available from Nervous Records (UK).

Craig Morrison & the Momentz do Malcolm Yelvington’s "Gal Named
Jo."

"Professor Craig Morrison plays tribute to a jamming partner Malcolm
Yelvington on his lucky old Sun number, ’Gal named Joe’. He sang and played piano and guitar, accompanied by The Momentz (Clive Jackson on bass and Pierre Gauthier on drums)."

An mp3 download of the song is available : click
here for the link
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CRAIG MORRISON
is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, author, and musician
based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Nights Music Communications, 2006