Big House Down Band

Big House Down Band

Lead vocals & guitar: Alan Morgan, Bass & backing vocals: Aaron Mashburn, Drums: Sean Lane

The Big House Down Band plays original music with a bluesy folk-rock flair. We also throw in some covers here and there. With Aaron on bass & backing vocals and Sean on drums, our synergy makes my songs come to life in ways I could never achieve on my own: thanks guys!

The name, "Big House Down", is actually a mis-translation of a Hong Kong based fast food chain name. My Chinese friends corrected me but the damage was already done; that cool three word mis-translation was stuck in my head forever.

 

Alan Morgan

Singer, songwriter and guitar player

When I was a kid my mom and dad almost always had records playing, especially on the weekends. I often heard the great works of Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Mahalia Jackson, Nat King Cole, Chet Atkins and others. The high art to which I was treated served to shape my thinking about music and lyrics. Also, my dad and grandmother encouraged me whenever they played guitar and sang.

I'd like to think that it was something more than OCD that caused me to occasionally start counting syllables in my head but, from a young age, I was fascinated by the rhythm embedded in certain phrases. Those early memories of a masterpiece like Marty Robbins' wrenching ballad, "El Paso," cued me in to the careful listening and observation that probably went on during its creation. When I found out Marty wrote the bulk of that stunning masterwork from the back seat of an old sedan driven by his wife and son on an epic road trip I suggested the same idea to my wife and son. "NO!" was their reply. Anyway, I still manage somehow to hammer out lyrics and fashion chord progressions that make more than half a room tap their toes and hum or sing along.

Having grown up in Southern California, the grand imagery of the West always inspires me. Ten amazing years spent in Asia has also flavored my choices for melody and words. More recently, the Ozarks have added yet another dimension to my writing: the forests, streams and, most of all, the people and their stories. When I play my music sometimes the years turn back and I’m a wide-eyed eight-year old again watching my dad play his blues and believing with all my heart that I could do the same someday!