R.I.P. Bill Morrissey

Another fallen hero. Bill Morrissey died on July 23rd. I was living in Austin when I first heard of him. I read an article somewhere which described his early years playing in gin mills up in New England. One time, a drunk asked to borrow Bill's beloved Epiphone Texas. Bill refused him. The drunk then revealed a snub-nosed pistol tucked inside his belt. Bill handed him the Epiphone saying, "Need a flat-pick with that?" I figured I better check this guy out. So I walked a couple blocks to the Tower Records on Guadelupe and picked up Bill's first album on cassette. I didn't have a record player in Austin and only listened to music in my car. I remember popping that tape in and hearing "B

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