Sam Morrow’s New Single “Searching For Paradise” Puts the Focus on His Bluesy Funk Guitar Driven Licks While Telling the Tale of Peyote Trips in the Mojave Desert
West Coast transplant, modern-day American Roots Rocker, Sam Morrow, releases his first new music following his recently inked record deal with the newly formed Los Angeles-based Copaco Records, in partnership with our label. “Searching for Paradise” follows the evolution of Morrow’s sound over the course of five acclaimed albums, and features his signature blend of blues-infused, country funk-driven guitar-centric American Rock vibe that has become his trademark.
The song, a Hunter S. Thompson-esque tale, follows his escapades from Texas to the San Fernando Valley by way of the Mojave Desert, ‘I ate too much peyote/And threw up on my boots,’ before rehab and paradise, aka drying out in the valley. The backdrop for this tune is some of the funkiest, crunchiest, nastiest, greasiest East LA country funk this side of 1975. Reminiscent of The Black Crowes, with echoes of Little Feat, it’s a redemption song for the modern day.
Morrow explains how the song took shape, "My producer, Eric (Corne), came to me with this song and guitar lick which I thought was great. The lyrics resonate very closely with my journey in California. I took the basic structure, threw some grease on it and made it what you're hearing today."
“Searching for Paradise” gives fans the first listen from a brand-new Sam Morrow album due out in early 2024 via his new label home at the recently formed Copaco, an imprint founded by two-time Grammy® nominated producer and songwriter Eric Corne in collaboration with Blue Élan Records. Corne also continues to serve as longtime collaborator with Morrow on this new music, and has assembled an all-star roster of West Coast musicians as Sam’s backing band on the record - including guitarists Eli Wulfmeier and Eamon Ryland, bassists Ted Russell Kamp and Adam Arcos, keyboardist Sasha Smith, with drummers Matt Tecu and Butch Norton.
“Over the course of five albums, I've watched Sam grow into an artist who knows exactly what he wants to say and how he wants to sound,” explains Corne. “He's done his homework and keeps his ear to the ground and the result is a brilliant new record that feels classic and fresh at the same time.”
Morrow’s most recent albums, Concrete & Mud and Gettin' By On Gettin' Down, were championed by such esteemed outlets as NPR and Rolling Stone where the latter praised 2020’s Gettin’ By On Gettin’ Down as “A sinewy, head-nodding listen…demands to be played loud at parties.” While NPR’s World Café remarked, “Sam continues to expand his country rock sound with a heavy emphasis on the groove. The songs are filled with personality and showcase Morrow as an authentic soul in a city that is sometimes known for being skin deep.”
ABOUT COPACO RECORDS
Copaco Records is a new Los Angeles-based imprint within the Blue Élan Label Group, founded and headed by two-time GRAMMY® nominated producer and songwriter Eric Corne, along with Blue Élan co-founder Connor Pasich.
The first artist to join the Copaco imprint is the modern-day American Roots Rocker Sam Morrow, who has collaborated with Corne since 2014. The two began their partnership when Corne founded the LA-based Forty Below Records that same year. Corne has worked with an impressive stable of artists including John Mayall, Joe Louis Walker, Freedy Johnston, Jamie Wyatt, and Sugaray Rayford.
Copaco’s mission is to discover, nurture and develop artists who combine a distinct sonic identity with a compelling and unique voice. “I couldn't be more excited about collaborating with the incredible team at Blue Élan. The sense of camaraderie, vision and experience is inspiring. I'm grateful for this opportunity and look forward to the artistic contributions we can make together.”