Stephen K. Morris

Artist of the Month | July 2021


Over the last year or two I had been quizzing guitar players about the pickup they were using in their acoustic guitars especially the ones I thought were getting a good and true acoustic guitar sound. K&K seemed to be the one I most often heard that I liked the natural acoustic sound they were getting. I was looking to improve the sound I was getting from various “under saddle” piezo type pickups and was growing tired of fussing with “imaging” preamps to simulate an acoustic sound.

My guitar is home after having the Pure Mini with Volume Control installed. I plugged the guitar straight into my amplifier with which I know what to expect. Wow. This pickup translates the tone and ring of my guitar better than anything I’ve used short of a microphone. With my guitar plugged straight into my amp and almost totally EQ’d flat the true sound of the guitar and the sound from the amp are very, very similar, true and acoustic. I am primarily a finger picker and like a heavy low end. The K&K does translate lows loud and clear and I suspect I will be cutting them some in a band format, but I play many solo gigs and love the round true low end I can get out of this pickup. Thank You, Bryan Hibler of Hibler Custom Guitars (my Luthier of choice) and K&K Sound (My new, go-to pickup source)!

Stephen K. Morris is an Americana Singer – Songwriter – Storyteller based in Fredericksburg, Texas. His self proclaimed influences are writers like Tom Waits, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Chuck Pyle, Rodney Crowell, Robert Earl Keen, and James McMurtry. You can hear the acoustic guitar and lyric driven performances of those influential writers and performers in his own songwriting and performances.

The lyrics and songs Stephen writes reflect the experiences and the encounters he’s had with people from different walks of life. He draws from what seems to be a well traveled life to deliver his own slice of Texas music. His original lyrics make you chuckle and grin, though, just as often carry more weight and leave you considering the various paths people traverse. No matter the light or dark in his songs Stephen seems to find a “Cup Half Full” resolve. Stephen says, “I tend to have and appreciate a Cup half full, but chipped on the rim outlook”.

His childhood home was the North Texas town Iowa Park. Small town life gave him a grounded easy going attitude early on. He learned music theory and Saxophone during his public school days and gained an eclectic appreciation for music. Stephen’s curiosity about music and its origins and led him to study the writers and composers behind the music he heard. In his words, “ it was really great to realize there were relatively unknown people behind the songs that were so familiar to our ears”.

Stephen turned his musical focus toward guitar and writing songs during his early college days in Wichita Falls, Texas. Over the next several years and “Day Jobs” Stephen grew his song list of covers and originals into a entertaining and insightful collection of stories and Americana music. Stephen honed his performing skills at “Jam” or “guitar pull” settings such as “Mom’s” on Friday nights in Wichita Falls, Adair’s jam’s hosted by T-Roy Miller in Deep Ellum, Dallas, Charli’s Jam’s in Dallas, Pickin’ in the Pines in Pine Mills, Texas and various open mics and songwriter nights throughout the state.

Stephen can now be found performing 125-175 dates a year as a Solo, Duo, or Trio at many venues across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado. You can find him playing almost any weekend somewhere between his Fredericksburg, Texas home and you including Luckenbach Texas, The Iron Horse Pub Wichita Falls, Texas, The Lost Love Saloon Red River, New Mexico, Poodie’s Hilltop Spicewood, Texas, The Nutty Brown Cafe Austin, Texas, The Starlight Theatre Terlingua, Texas or various House Concerts, Festivals, Wineries, Bars, and Cafes that support great handcrafted original music.

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