Morgan Evans’s debut album has people talking; and with good reason. Whether it’s the toe-tapping “Kiss Somebody,” or the nostalgic “Things That We Drink To,” Evans has a style that has country music critics taking notice. The 33-year-old Australian released his debut album “Things That We Drink To” last October, steadily gaining hundreds of new fans with each passing day. Joining artists such as Old Dominion and Dan + Shay on tour, Evans has secured his spot as one of country music’s hottest up-and-coming artists.
Falling in love with music at a young age, Evans decided to dedicate his life to it, and formed his first band when he was thirteen. In 2012, Evans signed with an Australian branch of Warner Music and released an EP that later led him to open for artists like Alan Jackson and Taylor Swift during their tours down under. He drew influence from fellow Australian artist, Keith Urban, bought a one-way ticket to Nashville and took the next step in his quest for country stardom.
A major influence in Evans’ music career has been manager, Rob Plotts. It was Plotts who initially discovered Evans and encouraged him to come to America. After establishing a rapport and becoming close friends, Evans was distraught when Plotts suddenly passed away in a motorcycle accident. On the day of his memorial, Evans wrote the title track of his debut album, “The Things That We Drink To” in honor and remembrance of his friend.
Evans’ live performances are unlike most others in his genre, playing solo with only a guitar and loop pedal. On why he chose to forego a typical band, Evans teases that the only reason he picked up the loop pedal was because he didn’t have a group when he moved to Nashville; frankly it has served him well.
Morgan Evans will be playing at our festival and we’re counting down the days. In the meantime, make sure to check out his debut album on all major streaming platforms!