Who?: Western New York native and roots music patron saint, Gurf Morlix has worked with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Warren Zevon, Patty Griffin and Robert Earl Keen, but is equally renown as a singing, songwriting solo artist.

What?: A new disc, “Gurf Morlix Finds the Present Tense,” celebrates all that Morlix does so well. It boasts guitar playing buried deep in the loam of American roots music; it’s greasy, gritty and soulful, and it can justifiably brag about the contributions of legendary Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan on Hammond B3.

Why?: Morlix is the man. ’Nuff said.

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