Legendary sideman, producer Gurf Morlix to perform at Windham Ballroom

BELLOWS FALLS — Don't judge Gurf Morlix only by the company he keeps, even if it does provide a fine starting point: eminent musical artists such as Lucinda Williams, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Warren Zevon, Ian McLagan, Patty Griffin, Robert Earl Keen, Michael Penn, Buddy Miller, Mary Gauthier, Tom Russell, Jim Lauderdale, and Slaid Cleaves.

Instead, listen to “Gurf Morlix Finds the Present Tense” (2013), his sixth solo album, and you'll understand why his blue-ribbon associations as a producer, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist have led him to excellence in his own right.

The show is Saturday, March 29, at the Windham Ballroom, 40 The Square.

Prior to embarking on his own career, Morlix likely was known best for his 11-year creative partnership with Lucinda Williams as her guitarist, band leader, and backing vocalist, as well as producer of two of her critically acclaimed albums: her 1988 breakthrough “Lucinda Williams,” and her 1992 “Sweet Old World.”

His work with Williams led him to produce multiple recordings for Hubbard (four albums), Cleaves (four albums and an EP), and two albums each with Keen and Gauthier, as well as discs by Russell, McLagan, Butch Hancock, Hot Club of Cowtown, The Setters, and others.

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