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My name is Ment Morris. I am a guitarist out of Austin, Texas. I started playing guitar at the age of 11. I originally wanted to play the drums, but after seeing several guys a year older than me play guitar for my elementary school’s music production (and the not so fortunate non-musical guys, get stuck playing recorder), I decided that I wanted to be a guitarist. I even went so far to say that I wanted to be a rockstar in my fifth grade bio featured in the yearbook.
My earliest memories of guitar oriented music were listening to Rush’s “Moving Pictures”, Brian Setzer’s “The Dirty Boogie”, and Pink Floyd’s “Momentary Lapse of Reason” in my dad’s car. Rush and Pink Floyd hooked me on Progressive Rock. Through finding many great and many not so great 70s Prog groups, I discovered a guitarist named Steve Howe who played unlike anyone I had heard before. In researching his influences, I discovered guitarists such as Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, and Jimmy Bryant.
Although I had various lessons throughout my life as a guitarist, it wasn’t until my senior year that I had a huge revelation about the guitar. I became really interested in country music after I read Brad Paisley’s book, “Diary of a Player”. In the book, he mentioned that one of his greatest influences is a guitarist named Redd Volkaert who lives in Austin. Extremely interested in who this could be, I YouTube’d his name. All I can say about the video I watched…woah! Right then and there I knew I wanted to be a guitarist rooted in country music but able to pull out any style. I had to get lessons from Redd. Sure enough, my dad reached out to him, and he was very kind to offer lessons. It was in my first lessons that I had my “guitar-velation”: It’s OK to steal as many licks as possible. All the greats did it, and that’s how they developed “their sound”. Up until that point, I was listening to music and trying to emulate what I heard, but never getting right to the source. Ever since then I’ve been trying to steal as much as I can and incorporate it into my playing. It is a slow process, but it sure is fun!
I want to be known as that “young guy” in Austin who is trying to learn as much as he can about the guitar so that all his country guy, swing guy, rock guy, blues guy, and jazz guy licks can be blended together on stage.
I currently play with Stetson Walker & The Performance Enhancers. Checkout the “Shows” page for more info on when I’ll be playing!
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