Lorrie Morgan Biography

Lorrie Morgan's 2009 CD, A Moment In Time. Photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of Webster & Associates, LLC.

The idea of recording a "standards" album didn’t appeal to Lorrie Morgan until she came up with a way to make it different from any other.

"Wally Wilson called me, and I think he’s a wonderful producer," recalls Lorrie. "He said, ‘How would you feel about going into the studio with me and recording a standards album?’ I said, ‘You know what? Everybody and their brother is doing a standards album. I don’t want to do one unless we can figure out a way to make it different.’"

As the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan, Lorrie has been attending recording sessions all her life. Over the next few days, her thoughts drifted back to what sessions were like when she was a little girl.

"A few days later, I called Wally back. I said, ‘I’ve got a great idea. How about if we do it the old-fashioned way? We won’t do any overdubs. We’ll go in with the best musicians there are in town. We’ll do it like I remember the industry being, going into the studio with my dad when I was little.’"

"Wally just flipped out. He said, ‘This would be awesome.’ So we called Harold Bradley, who was on so many of the original records of these songs. We called Jimmy Capps, who is also a classic player. We got Bergen White to do the vocal arrangements."

Classic "Nashville Sound" pickers were blended with stellar contemporary players such as bass player Glen Worf, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, drummer Eddie Bayers, pianist Gordon Mote, fiddler Larry Franklin and guitarists Kenny Greenberg, Joe Spivey and Billy Joe Walker Jr. Wally Wilson and co-producer Chip Voorhis captured the live performances as they occurred. The sessions were also filmed.

"I didn’t do any vocal overdubs," states Lorrie proudly. "There were no musical overdubs. Nothing. At one point, Jimmy Capps looked at me and said, ‘Please let me go back in and fix my part.’ I said, ‘Nope. You can’t. It’s over. It’s all done.’ As a matter of fact, I sang a wrong word in one of the songs, and we left it in.

"I was after the heart, the soul and the vibe. I wanted the listener to feel everything. It was pretty incredible. We did the whole thing in two days.

"After it was over, Harold Bradley said, ‘That is the most fun thing I have done in years.’ It was magic. People just don’t record like this anymore. Most people can’t. It’s so sad. They don’t know how."

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