“RB Morris is the greatest unknown songwriter in the country." ~ Lucinda Williams
“RB is the reason I started writing poetry." ~ Steve Earle
RB Morris is a singer-songwriter and poet from Knoxville, TN touring in support of his current “Rich Mountain Bound” album and his published collection of “The Mockingbird Poems”. In June of 2016, Morris was awarded Knoxville’s first offical Poet Laureate by Mayor Madeline Rogero and the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. He has enjoyed recent performances on NPR‘s “Morning Edition”, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and was featured at the annual Southern Festival of Books. In addition, RB has been performing nationally with John Prine, who recorded RB’s song “That’s How Every Empire Falls” on the vinyl version of his Grammy-winning album “Fair & Square” – and also on a four-song EP John Prine released under the same name. Marianne Faithfull has also recorded this song for her new “Horses And High Heels” CD. RB released his own debut album “Take That Ride” on Prine’s Oh Boy! Records, and his follow-up “Zeke And The Wheel” (Koch Records) was nominated for Americana Album of the Year by the American Association of Independent Merchandisers. He has also toured with Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, and been on various Americana compilation albums.
RB Morris was a featured performer at the London Institute in Paris at the symposium honoring William Burroughs, and one of only a couple of musicians who were asked to contribute essays to the accompanying anthology honoring Burroughs. RB has been described as a “cross between a rural Tom Waits and an urban Woody Guthrie”. He is a published poet and playwright and a renowned songwriter, recording artist, and performer. He was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.