When I first heard “I Don’t Think About You at All” from Lauren Morrow’s self-titled debut solo EP, I thought it was 1965 and somebody just bought three songs on the jukebox for a quarter. Oh, how I just love the classic country sound that Lauren can bring home so well. Her record was made here in town and features some great local players including her husband Jason and everyone’s new favorite drummer, Jerry Pentecost
Lauren’s release of course follows her tenure as lead singer for The Whiskey Gentry. Her and Jason’s popular Americana band has three records and many miles on the road to their credit.
Lauren will follow her recent record release show at The Basement East will a special appearance at the Bluebird on October 16 and later at Third & Lindsley opening for Drivin N Cryin on October 28. Thanks Ms. Morrow for spending some time with our 11 Questions.
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Aside from a year studying abroad in England, I’ve never lived anywhere else. Last July, my husband Jason and I were invited to play a show at The Basement East organized by Oh Boy Records, John Prine’s record label. It was a benefit for Jessi Zazu which included everyone from Jason Isbell to The Brothers Osborne to Lilly Hiatt. We really saw the community and the love this city has for each other, and we fell in love with that. Less than two months later, we quit our jobs, listed our house for sale, packed our two dogs and two cats in our van with all our stuff, and moved to East Nashville.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
The first CDs I ever bought were Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the Batman Forever soundtrack because it had an previously unreleased U2 song on it. I was nine when I got those. The last record I bought was the new Cordova’s album on vinyl. We went to their in-store at Grimey’s, and it was kick ass.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
The first concert I ever went it was k.d. lang. My mom took me to see her, because she knew I loved to sing, and she thought k.d. had the best voice, which is true. The last concert I saw was at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion last weekend and it was The National Reserve. They are an amazing, powerful band from Brooklyn.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
For coffee, I live right next to Portland Brew Coffee, so I go there often. For pizza, I go to Five Points Pizza in Five Points.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
I’ve thought about this question for about ten minutes now decided it’s impossible to answer.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
Dukes’ sandwich, duh!
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
Funny you should ask this, because I’m playing the Bluebird on October 16 with Carlene Carter and Pam Tillis. I’ve never played the Bluebird before, but Carlene asked me to be a part of her series “The Wonderful World of Women Who Write,” and I’m so honored to be there. I can’t think of a better round to be a part of!
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
The Basement will always have a soft spot in my heart, because we played there so many times as The Whiskey Gentry. I played my first ever show in Nashville with my first band, Missy Gossip and The Secret Keepers, at Springwater. That was a real shit show in the best way possible, so I’ll always think fondly on that place. The Basement East is always a good time too. I’m really looking forward to checking out The Bluebird. I feel like I’m going to really like the intimacy of that place.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?
I’ve been asking my old bass player from The Whiskey Gentry, Sam Griffin, to move here since Jason and I did. He’s gonna kill me when he reads this, but I don’t care because I think he would love it here. He’s super talented and would be embraced by everyone here. Plus, he’s like a brother to me and I miss him.
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
We released my solo, self-titled EP on October 12 at The Basement East with Los Colognes and Great Peacock! It was a super fun show, and I can’t wait to get these new tunes out into the world. This winter, we plan on finishing up a full length at Creative Workshop in Berry Hill with Parker Cason. We’d love to tour in support of that next year, so we’ll just see where all this new stuff takes us!