It's been 10 years since R.B. Morris' last full album, Zeke and the Wheel, so the upcoming release of his new disc Spies Lies and Burning Eyes is a noteworthy event. Morris is sort of marking the release this weekend with a special performance as part of the month-long James Agee Centennial and another official release show in a couple of months.
Morris and his long-time guitarist Hector Qirko will play the Laurel Theater on Friday, Nov. 20. That show coincides with the availability of the new disc, but Morris says it's mainly a tribute to Agee. Morris—who's been a tireless champion of Agee since the 1970s and was instrumental in the establishment of James Agee Park in Fort Sanders—will read the dream passage that opens the newly restored edition of Agee's A Death in the Family at the show. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Morris is planning a full CD release show with his band at Barley's Taproom on Jan. 30.