T. Hardy Morris Announces New Album ‘The Digital Age Of Rome’ & Shares Single
T. Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate and supergroup Diamond Rugs announced a new solo album, The Digital Age Of Rome, set for release on New West Records/Normaltown Records on June 25. The singer-songwriter also shared the single, “Down & Out.”
The Digital Age Of Rome follows Morris's 2018 solo LP, Dude, The Obscure. After touring the latter, Morris had a 13-song album demoed up. But the pandemic changed everything and while sequestered in his Athens, Georgia home, the singer-songwriter wrote a whole new batch of songs that reflected the new reality. Morris tapped Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Rayland Baxter) to produce the album with mixing from engineer Nate Nelson. He also recruited musicians like Drive-By Truckers drummer Brad Morgan, singer-songwriter Faye Webster and more to help him bring The Digital Age Of Rome into being.
In April, Morris heralded the album with the title track, premiered by Spin, and now follows with “Down & Out,” premiered by Brooklyn Vegan. The singer-songwriter detailed the new single in a statement:
The song was written during the throes of the pandemic / lockdown and I was just mulling over how ill-equipped we are as a country for something like a pandemic. The size of our country, the fact that we are a ‘free country’ and incessantly on-the-move culturally, everything… We were just set up to fail at this. Plus all of the political tensions that were in the air, it felt like a rather leader-less situation. Like the gym coach was substitute teaching for Advanced Physics.
People often say we are a young country, but during the lockdowns I started to think maybe we are a country at a more of a mid-life crisis. Like taking stock of the life we have created, full of regrets and unsure of the best path forward for our future. So that’s where the ‘over-the-hill’ line came from.
Head over to Brooklyn Vegan to hear “Down & Out.”
The Digital Age Of Rome Tracklist:
- New New New…Next Next Next
- The Digital Age of Rome
- Shopping Center Sunsets
- Down & Out
- Love Takes
- First World Problems
- Fake Gold
- I Assure You (an ode)
- Just Pretend Everything is Fine