RB Morris is a Knoxville-based poet, singer, songwriter, musician, playwright, and actor. He is the author of the poetry collections Early Fires, Littoral Zone, The Man Upstairs, and, most recently, The Mockingbird Poems. Morris also wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Loony, a one-man play taken from the life and work of writer James Agee. In the 1980s Morris edited an arts and literary tabloid, Hard Knoxville Review, which attracted a following in this country and in Europe.
As a musician, RB Morris has released the albums Take That Ride, Zeke and the Wheel, Empire, and Spies Lies and Burning Eyes. Many music journalists and magazines across the country reviewed Take That Ride as one of the Top 10 CDs of the year. Dave Marsh, of Rolling Stone, called it, “The kind of debut that makes you lust for a follow-up.” Zeke and the Wheel on Koch Records, which followed in 1999, was nominated for Americana CD of the Year by the American Federation of Independent Merchandisers.
Lucinda Williams has called RB Morris “the greatest unknown songwriter in the country.” And Steve Earle says “RB Morris is the reason I started writing poetry.” Morris hails from Knoxville, Tennessee, and has traveled the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and in Europe.
Morris served as the UT Libraries’ Writer-in-Residence from 2004 to 2008 and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.
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