November 22, 1989 |
Gary Morris is a strange breed of country renegade, bowing to Broadway rather than Bakersfield, having assayed leads in "Les Miserables" and "La Boheme." While other country originals spend their spare time in prisons and detox wards, Morris has inhabited TV soap operas, attaining a hunkdom that fits perfectly with the niche he has carved in country music.
December 21, 1994 |
"We're doing this show all over the country, but not like we've done so far here tonight," Gary Morris remarked during his Christmas show at the Crazy Horse Steak House on Monday night. It was, indeed, a most atypical show for Morris. He usually is one of the most in-control performers in country music, with his exactingly directed shows mirroring his remarkable vocal control.
August 3, 1988 |
Gary Morris provides a case in point of how you can take the country out of the boy. During his 65-minute early show at the Crazy Horse in Santa Ana on Monday, Morris crooned tunes and caressed and rocked them. But with the exception of his first encore, "Never Stop Lovin' You," there was nothing much country going on. This isn't to say that Morris may not be, technically, one of the best singers working out of Nashville today.
January 20, 1991 |
If Gary Morris had listened to conventional wisdom, he'd probably still be singing at Billy Bob's Saloon in Ft. Worth. Instead, he's opening tonight at the Pantages Theatre, reprising his role as Jean Valjean in the national touring production of the Tony-winning musical "Les Miserables," the Alain Boublil/Claude-Michel Schonberg blockbuster based on the Victor Hugo novel. "I've been an outsider in everything I've done," Morris said in a casual drawl, settling back on his dressing room couch.
November 20, 1991 |
It is possible that, behind the bare-shouldered-embrace jacket art of a romance paperback, the great American novel waits, overlooked. Stranger troves have been found. Take Gary Morris, for instance. The guy is practically a walking romance novel: His smoldering good looks have been a staple on TV soap operas; women swooned when he took the lead in productions of "Les Miserables" and "La Boheme"; and his attempts at country music detail a gothic landscape where pickup trucks never tread.
July 14, 1993 |
Though Gary Morris has scored more than a dozen country Top Ten hits, he only sang a couple of them in his first 90-minute show at the Crazy Horse on Monday night. Was the audience disappointed? To the contrary. When Morris pointed to a table and said "I'll take one request," a fan asked for "Sooner or Later," a relatively obscure album track that Morris wasn't even sure he could remember.