Hardy Morris, the primary songwriter, singer and guitarist for Athens-based rock band Dead Confederate as well as a member of rag-tag ensemble Diamond Rugs, will be releasing his second “solo” album on June 23rd via Dangerbird Records.
In contrast to his first album, 2013’s lonesome, acoustic-based Audition Tapes, Drownin’ on a Mountain boasts more of a garage-rock swagger, bridging the gap between Southern rock and punk with the support of a full-tilt band. Billed as Hardy & the Hardknocks, Morris and friends (drummer Nick Sterchi, bassist Vaughan Lamb, pedal steel guitarist Matt Stoessel) crank it up with a rollicking set of rockers full of slam and twang.
Mountain Top’s songs were primarily written in the months leading up to the birth of Morris and his wife’s daughter. “I wanted this record to be a kind of end-of-an-era for me,” acknowledges Hardy. “It was a very deliberate thing to record these songs before the birth of my first child. I was in a headspace and I wanted to capture it before I became a dear old dad.”