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The Greenville Journal

In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Greenville’s Rush Morgan studied audio engineering at the Dark Horse Institute in Nashville. Although he's experienced behind the board, he made it known he would rather take the backseat and have a true Nashville producer fill the roll of engineer.

Morgan also took music business classes at Dark Horse, and he was smart enough to know that in Music City, there’s always a better producer or player around the corner. So when Morgan took his songs to record at the Bomb Shelter studio in Nashville, he did so with Jon Estes, a man who’s resume as a bassist and producer boasts around 300 credits.

“Jon is a really good multi-instrumentalist,” Morgan says. “He played piano, Wurlitzer, organ, and bass on the whole record. And he had a huge role in the presentation.”

Perhaps the best example of their collaboration is on the EP’s opening track, “Augusta Wind,” where Morgan’s deft acoustic playing and high, plaintive voice pitch a haunting melody against a subtle string arrangement that glides through the song like the titular breeze. “I didn’t hear strings when I wrote it,” Morgan says, “but he’s produced hundreds of records and he heard it and put them on there.”

Throughout the album, Morgan creates a hushed, intimate series of songs with indelible melodies and moves from wistful folk-pop to warm, understated soul with the skill of a true musical omnivore. Which he is.

“I was homeschooled up through high school and didn’t have a whole lot of time with friends, so music was my shelter,” he says. “I found shelter in other people’s music. I loved Jackson Browne, Amos Lee, Paul Simon, and The Beatles and Motown had a pretty big effect on me, too. And then I found release when I was inspired by music and I wanted to make my own.”