Thu, Nov 02|
Var Gallery Presents: Sarah Morris with Michael Gay & Derek Pritlz
Time & Location
Nov 02, 7:00 PM – Nov 03, 7:00 PM
Var Gallery, 643 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, USA
About the Event
Tickets on sale now!
$14 online presale
$17 at the door
2018 Kerrville New Folk winner Sarah Morris’ endearingly honest, expertly penned songs deliberately miss the forest for the trees. Armed with a poignantly relatable rainy day ache in her sunlit voice, she weaves a winding path of masterful storytelling and timeless Americana melody that invites audiences to join her in celebrating the magic of our everyday minutia. Twice named the Midwest Country Music Organization’s Songwriter of the Year, Sarah has shared stages with greats like JD Souther, earned international airplay, and reached notable positions on the Americana Music Association and Euro Americana charts. Sarah released her fifth album of original material, Here’s To You, on May 5th, 2023.
MICHAEL GAY is a Minneapolis-based country folk storyteller. Starting off as a drummer and finding his way to guitar, he was inspired by the singer-songwriters of his dad’s generation--Willie Nelson, John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker. “I dove into that world head-first,” Michael says. “I love thrift stores, and I'd just buy whatever I could find for a dollar or two that had a name on it I recognized. 70's singer-songwriters and outlaw country was kinda what got the wheels turning because it was cheap/free at the time. But my dad's record collection is where it started to come together for me.” Born in Denver and raised in Rochester, MN, Michael studied history at the University of Minnesota with the intention of teaching high school social studies until he moved to Minneapolis’ vibrant NE neighborhood and was drawn to the bands and songwriters playing corner bars like the 331 Club. He was hooked. Best known for his project Almighty American, Michael quickly established his place among the Twin Cities’ finest Americana artists, winning fans and media praise for his honest, accessible songwriting. “Bus Brakes,” the single from Almighty American’s first full-length album Somewhere Ride (2017) was featured on The Current, drew comparisons to Jason Isbell and Boxcar Willie and was hailed as “the real deal” (Ear to the Ground Music). A magnetic presence on stage, Michael has opened up for such acts as Margo Price, The Mavericks, Kacy & Clayton, Emily Scott Robinson and more.