Born 'ready to go' in Minneapolis, Minnesoto on July 18, 1971, Teddy Morgan was raised on Bob Dylan. By age 13 Dylan had become a major influence, with some Hendrix and Allman Brothers thrown in for good measure. Morgan was also helped along by his mother's extensive music collection. It was from that source that he first came upon Lightnin' Hopkins in his early teens. By his own admission, he was addicted to the blues by the time he was fifteen. Teddy spent much of his youth listening to roots and blues records on labels such as Chess, Sun and Stax.
His musical interest began at about age eight and his first instrument was the drums. But he took up guitar at age thirteen. He was so into his music that he quit school at 17. The following year he joined the Lamont Cranston Band fronted by harp player Pat "Lamont" Hayes. This band has been a mainstay of Twin City and west coast blues for thirty years. The association led to recording and touring with James Harman and R.J. Mischo, another Minneapolis native. In 1992 Mischo and Teddy formed the R.J. and Kid Morgan Blues Band featuring Percy Strother. The same year they released a self-titled album on Blue Loon Records. It was reissued as "Ready To Go!" in 1997 on Atomic Theory Records.
Morgan was about to join the Harman band when Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds heard him play at a Minneapolis club. Impressed with Morgan's skills beyond his young age, Wilson convinced him to go to Austin, Texas to check out the club scene there. But Teddy was not quite ready and continued refining his chops. Club owner and friend of Wilson's, Clifford Antone, eventually flew Morgan to Austin to perform at blues' famous Antone's. It was also Antone who gets cedit for encouraging him to start singing again. Teddy "Kid" Morgan, as he became known, was well on his way.
Drummer Esten Cooke (a native of Rockdale, TX), who also played with the James Harman Band, followed Teddy to Texas. They were joined by stand-up bass player Eric Mathew from Indiana. And the Sevilles were born. Their first album, "Ridin' In Style" on Antone's Records, was released in the fall of 1994. It added the piano playing of Gene Taylor to the trio mix.. Teddy Morgan was all of 23 years old. 1996 saw a solo effort. The self-produced "Louisiana Rain" (Antone's/Discovery) was issued. It featured Kim Wilson on harmonica, Gene Taylor piano, Derek O'Brien and Gurf Morlix on guitars. By now Morgan was also beginning to write his own songs. The title track being one of them, and he penned the words to a melody by zydeco star Geno Delafose for another number. Eight of the eleven tracks were written or co-written by Morgan himself. The album was co-produced by engineer Jerry Hall and drummer Steve Mugalian who is currently with Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers.
In 1999 Morgan released his debut disc for Hightone Records, "Lost Love and Highways". He was again back to his tight trio roots with the Pistolas. The band features Chris Hunter on drums and Jon Penner on bass guitar. It was recorded at Pachyderm Studios near Minneapolis and was produced by Bo Ramsey. With this CD Teddy's own writing comes further into fruition. He wrote 10 of it's 11 songs. The only song not written by him is a cover of "A Word About A Women", which features Morgan in duet with harpman Lasy Lester, the legendary Luisiana blueman.
And so, as Teddy "Kid" Morgan proclaims on the opening track of "Lost Love and Highways" - "Look out world. Here I come, like a bullet from a gun." Agreed. This is one gunslinger that is sure to hit his mark!R.J. Bianchino
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