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Scott Morgan at the Loving Touch, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017

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If you were to look up the word “venerable” in the Michigan rock music dictionary, Scott Morgan’s picture would likely be there.

A cofounder of the Rationals, Morgan has also logged time in Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Powertrane, Dodge Main, the solution and more and has also worked with Sweden’s Hellacopters and in a variety of his own projects. His latest endeavor is the just-released “Rough & Ready,” which he recorded with local music stalwart Eddie Baranek and his band, the Sights.

Morgan, 67, has a variety of other projects on tap as well, seemingly sworn to do as much as he can after a recent couple of years hampered by surgery.

• Morgan first worked with the Sights at the group’s Christmas Waltz show during 2013 at the Magic Stick. “I was one of the guests and we did the Same Cooke version of ‘Bring It On Home’ from ‘Live At The Harlem Square Club,’” Morgan recalls. The collaboration worked so well they decided to pursue an album together, playing subsequent shows to raise money to record it.

• “Rough & Ready” started life as “stuff that was just easy to put together, like Rationals songs and covers,” Morgan says. But after awhile, “we figured, ‘Well, why don’t we write our own material?’ which was a good idea. So I would write a set of lyrics for (Baranek), send them to him and he’d decide whether he could come up with music for it or not. It worked really well.”

• The making of “Rough & Ready” hit a snag after Morgan and company recorded the first five songs at Jim Diamond’s Ghetto Recorders. Diamond decided to shutter the studio and move to France. “It was a shock. It just left us hanging,” Morgan says. “We were trying to figure out if we could put out half a record or not, then we just decided, ‘Well, let’s find another studio’ and finished the full album” with Adam Cox at Hamtramck Sound Studios.

• Morgan is hoping the collaboration with the Sights becomes a going concern. “It looks like, but we’ll see how it goes. We’ll see if we’re successful,” he says. “But, yeah, it’s working real well. I saw them first when they were a rock combo and they’ve changed since then. They added horns and singers, so it’s a much larger operation. But it’s fun doing soul music with that kind of band. It gives you more options.”

• Beyond “Rough & Ready” Morgan is working on a reissue of the Rationals’ first album, which is slated for release on Record Store Day in April, and a reissue of a Sonic’s Rendezvous Band box set and a Powertrane album are also on the docket. “There’s kind of a glut of material right now,” Morgan says. “I never like to get stuck in a rut. So the Rationals is one thing, and Sonic’s Rendezvous Band is a different thing and the stuff I did in Europe with the Hydrometrics and the Solution were different things and then (‘Rough & Ready’) is a different thing. I think it’s good to try new things and not just keep doing the same thing over and over and over again.”

• If You Go: Scott Morgan, Dumpster Machine and Stomp Rockets perform 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at The Loving Touch, 222634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Tickets are $10. Call 248-820-5596 or visit thelovingtouchferndale.com.

Web Site: www.thelovingtouchferndale.com

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