|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
25 November 1951, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. This US singer-songwriter is arguably one of the most gifted storytellers in contemporary folk music, fashioning detailed, impressionistic songs of such quality that his songwriting is frequently mentioned in the same breath as the work of author Raymond Carver. Inevitably, Morrisseys evocative studies of character and location found a literary outlet in the 90s when he signed a publishing deal with Alfred A. Knopf. Morrissey was raised in Hartford, Connecticut and Acton, Massachusetts, the types of small towns with large blue collar communities that figure prominently in his writing. He studied briefly at Plymouth State College, New Hampshire, but graduated to the local folk circuit where he continued to learn his trade and hone his songwriting while working a variety of dead-end day jobs. His accomplished debut album, which was released in 1984, established a folk blues style rooted in the storytelling tradition...