When I Rise

Cary Morin is a Crow tribal member born in Billings, Montana. Cary spent the bulk of his youth in Great Falls, where he honed his musical skills picking guitar standards at neighborhood get-togethers. He eventually moved to Northern Colorado in 1989 where his professional musical career hit the ground running.

Cary’s first big break came with the internationally acclaimed band, The Pura Fé Trio. Their single, “Ole Midlife Crisis,” written by Morin, placed number 17 on France’s iTunes blues chart. As a solo artist, Cary has played celebrated venues across the globe, including Paris Jazz Festival, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Folk Alliance International, River People Festival, Shakori Hill Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and most recently Rochefort En Accords festival in France and The Copenhagen Blues Festival.

Cary has also won numerous awards for his work, particularly for his 2017 release, Cradle to the Grave. He is the recipient of the 2018 Independent Music Awards for Best Blues CD (Cradle to the Grave), a 2018 International Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention for Cradle to the Grave, a 2018 Native Arts and Cultures Fellowship, a 2017 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship, the 2017 Indigenous Music Awards for Best Blues CD (Cradle to the Grave), 2015 Indigenous Music Awards Nominee for Best Folk Album (Tiny Town), 2014 Indigenous Music Awards Nominee for Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year, 2013 & 2014 Colorado Blues Challenge Solo Championship, and a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fort Collins Music Association (FoCoMA) and won the Colorado Fan Favorite Poll in the blues category for his second solo release, Streamline.

Cary’s most recent CD, When I Rise, was produced by Kim Stone. “I had the luxury of being home for longer than usual to work on this project,” Cary recalled. “I was able to spend time crafting the songs and recording them in pre-production, sometimes multiple versions of the same song. It was great to have the time to experiment.”

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