Back in 2013, Morgan Wade was a freshman in college, her skin was not tattooed, and she did not have a love for alcohol. Her mind was set on pursuing a career in the medical field, and living the ideal working life. It was not until five months into her college career, everything changed. Wade had been in a relationship that abruptly ended, to which she still takes the blame, claiming “ I am not an easy person to deal with, and I was even worse back then, since I was on a path I did not really enjoy.” Wade claims her love was the only one that ever really saw her singing and songwriting abilities as something more than a hobby she had behind closed doors. That is why it became all too clear to her that in order to get him back, or in Wades own words, “piss him off,” she had to write a song about it. That is exactly what she did, in the home where she grew up, on her bedroom floor, with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a guitar. If only Wade had known how pivotal that moment was, and where it would lead.
The cracking and popping of old vinyl will never cease to take him back to his childhood. Whether it be the likes of Waylon Jennings, The Eagles, Skynyrd, Little Feat, (the list goes on) his musical influence is stuck in the decades before he was even an idea to exist. He picked up both a guitar and pair of drumsticks at age 14, but set the guitar aside as he set in with a couple bands behind a drumset during his late teens. After experiencing numerous losses and heartaches and financial hardships, he picked up his guitar again, but this time to tell his own stories and not his heroes. His main focus was putting every ounce of emotion in his voice while doing so. His influences have ranged from the likes of Billy Joe Shaver, Chris Knight, Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings, Billy Don Burns, Townes Van Zandt...just to name a few.
He has also had the "distinct privilege" (as he words it) of supporting a handful of reputable artists such as Shooter Jennings, American Aquarium, Ray Scott, and one of his songwriting heroes Billy Don Burns. That list continues to grow as well.
He has no intention of slowing down when it comes to keeping the sounds of traditional, American music alive.
Drunken Prayer will likely bring to mind The Band for a lot of listeners, with the sense of history and tradition. But Morgan Geer’s songs and his singing often suggest a kinship with artists like Bobby Charles or Doug Sahm, musicians with Southern roots, with a yip and break to their voices, and notes of sadness offset by a sense of humor.
On Drunken Prayer’s latest release, The Devil and The Blues, Geer teamed up with members of The Reigning Sound and The Sadies to lead another journey through America’s weird musical heritage.
Recently Drunken Prayer has been tour internationally with The Handsome Family. Morgan is also the current guitar player for iconic alt-country goths, Freakwater.