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Morrissey to perform at Palmer Street Coffeehouse

PLATTSBURGH Singer, songwriter and novelist Bill Morrissey will appear at the Palmer Street Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 4 Palmer St., Friday, Dec. 7. Cutting his teeth on the American country blues of Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson, the pure country of Hank Williams, the Kansas City of Count Basie and Lester Young, and, of course, the New York folk songwriters of the 1960s, Mr. Morrissey digested all this great diversity and found his own unique voice. Over the course of his long career, two of his 11 albums have received Grammy nominations and several have earned four-star reviews in Rolling Stone as well as equal accolades in nearly every other major national publication. Stephen Holden, for the New York Times, wrote, "Mr. Morrissey's songs have the force of poetry...a terseness, precision of detail and a tone of laconic understatement that relate his lyrics to the fiction of writers like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford." It is not surprising that Bill is also the author of the novel "Edson" (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf 1996) and the recently completed,"Imaginary Runner." Mr. Morrissey has created as impressive a body of work as any songwriter today, a collection of finely-honed songs that match his economy of lyric and melody with a writers gift for storytelling. His empathetic knack for capturing the harshness and small sadness of the characters in his songs is tempered by his wry sense of humor, such that many of his songs leave the listener with a smile. On stage, he mixes the seriousness and urgency of his songs with a wry, acerbic wit. His often improvised and deadpan monologues and introductions provide a perfect balance to his live shows. Mr. Morrissey's new album, Come Running," has just been released on his new label, "Turn and Spin Media," and is receiving high praise in the industry. Plattsburghs own Howard Jennings will be the opening act for the evening. The Palmer Street Coffeehouse operates the first Friday of each month, October through June. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission for the special performance is $10 at the door. Refreshments are available. Performances are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.

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