Not many tickets remain for a show that’s becoming an annual event in town: The Return of Gurf Morlix. If you were one of the lucky ones to squeeze into Morlix’s show last year, you were treated to a rare solo performance by the Austin songwriter and producer who’d just won the Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year award for 2009. Of course, it was an overdue honor for a guy who’s played with a long list of roots music notables in California and Texas for decades. His production work with Lucinda Williams set the standard for that artist’s body of work, but what might be even more impressive are his own songs that have come out in recent years. Take thoughtful lyrics coupled with great melodies, delivered with tasty guitar licks, and you’ve got a powerful package that’s won him respect from Nashville to Austin to Buffalo—where he enjoys membership in the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. After this show, he’ll be heading back to Europe in October where they also can’t get enough Gurf. I’m guessing he’ll be accompanying himself on the PorchBoard bass again this time around, which is a mighty cool instrument, even if it only produces one (extremely low) note. Expect an intimate night of great music on Sunday (Sept. 26), and if you’ve never heard Morlix before, don’t put it off another year. You can count on being converted.
7:30pm. Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St. (874-7734 / www.sportsmenstavern.net). $10