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Five questions with Ken Will Morton
Athens musician Ken Will Morton performs Saturday night at Locos Grill in Gainesville. The artist, who describes his music as ‘heavy folk,” has two new albums out and has recently finished a third.

Ken Will Morton

With special guest Andrew Vickery

When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Locos Grill, 601 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville
How much: $5
More info: 770-534-5771

He has nearly two decades of experience in the music business — either in a band or as a solo performer — but what makes Athens musician Ken Will Morton different is his personal style.

His songs tumble together a mix of blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll. Sometimes they are sweet and sad, other times loud and raucous. And his voice adds another instrument to the mix, with a slightly raspy, hard-living sound telling his personal stories. Morton comes to Locos in Gainesville on Saturday, after a stint of shows in West Hollywood, Calif. We spoke to him by phone while he was on the West Coast.

Question: How would you describe your musical style?

Answer: Heavy folk. (It’s) just got heavy subject matter. You can easily play it rocked out with a full band. I’m going to be playing with a guy named Andrew Vickery, he’s going to be playing mandolin and resonating guitar and singing harmonies.

Q: What is it about your songwriting that is specifically yours — how do you put your stamp on your songs?

A: It’s just about my observations on life, I guess. That would make it mine. You could say inspired by stuff that’s happened to me. I think I got my own little unique niche, I don’t think I sound like anyone else, but that’s up for everyone listening to decide.

Q: When we last spoke with you, you had a couple albums in the works. What’s their status, and what else have you been working on?

A: I’ve had two new records come out, one is just a loud rock power-trio record called “Devil In Me,” and the other one is a mellower fare called “Kicking out the Rungs.” I’ve been pushing out that one as of late. I’ll play some off of both. And then I’ve got another one I just finished recording in New York that’s a combination of the two. Its’ just a good rock record and that should be out by the end of the summer, hopefully; that’s called “True Grit.”

Q: What are you up to when you’re not working on music?

A: As of lately, because I’ve had a song licensed for a TV show, “The Deadliest Catch,” so that afforded me to quit my day job. I’ve been in California playing some shows, and I’ve got a bunch of shows coming up this spring and hopefully just spread the word. (The licensed song) was on one episode, and they repeat the hell out of those episodes.

Q: What can we expect from Saturday’s show?

A: Locos likes me to throw in covers. I don’t do too many of them, but I’ll say, “If you can guess who did this song I’ll give you free CD.” We’ll just play our music and do some jamming and Andy and I have a funny rapport so we’ll get some comedy in there. But hopefully people like quality songwriting and a night out in Gainesville.