The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 29, 2012

The Morgan Family performing, releasing CD at 9 a.m. Saturday

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — You loved them in “The Valley’s Got Talent,” now you can take home The Morgan Family and Uncle Bean as they debut their first CD at a release party Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Sunbury Market House.

Fisher Ferry’s own Morgan Family — David and Mary Morgan and their four children: Maggie, 12, Jessie, 11, Abbie, 8 and Hank, 5 — and Tim Albright a.k.a. Uncle Bean showcase their sharp performing on “Roots Run Deep,” recorded at DoubleA Productions in Elysburg.

The Morgans were invited to play the Market House, at 436 Market St. downtown Sunbury, to help gain interest in the once-thriving multi-stand farmers market. It quickly became the venue for their CD debut as it holds a place in David Morgan’s heart.

“When I was young and even after I came home from the service, (the Market Place) was a hopping place on a Saturday morning,” he said. When the CDs arrived, “I thought it would be a really neat, down-home way to have a CD release party.”

He and the rest of the band hope to get Market Place hopping Saturday with cuts such as the title track, “Roots Run Deep,” a tribute to the family’s Anthracite-mining heritage and Uncle Bean’s father, who was a preacher, and one of four original tunes featuring Mary Morgan’s songwriting talent.

The four kids, who are wicked together on their fiddles, do a knock-out version of “Orange Blossom Special” and the girls loan a special something to their rendition of “Stand By Your Man.”

The Market Place “is a fit for us and our music. People can come out and get preview, and pick up some cheese or parsnips or delicious homemade ice cream while they’re there.”

“It’s certainly a blessing from heaven with the talents of these four children playing in front of three adults,” David Morgan said. “I think when people come on Saturday and hear four little children whip off ’Orange Blossom Special,’ they’ll understand this is a special CD.”

Winning The Valley’s Got Talent became a springboard of sorts for this musical family, Morgan said. That talent show “was a big step in some of the successes we’ve had.” Shortly after their local win, the Morgans did video for a contest to be on RFD TV’s “Shotgun Red Variety Show,” taped in Branson, Mo.

“We were one of 24 acts out of 2,200 that entered,” he said. And they won.

“I am just so proud of my family and what they’ve accomplished in such a short time and at a young age,” Morgan said. “I couldn’t be prouder. I’m so blessed to be married to such a talented woman like Mary, with all her creativity and still be able to do all the regular mother duties. And a good friend like Uncle Bean.”

“Roots Run Deep” costs $14 and also is available by mail. Email morganfamilyband@gmail.com for more details.