T. Hardy Morris may be the recognizable frontman of Dead Confederate as well as a main member of supergroup The Diamond Rugs, but his debut album of solo material Audition Tapes has a captivating quality of its own. The Georgia musician has celebrated the release of Audition Tapes in a way that helps his home state, too.
Morris filmed ten music videos, each taking place at a different historic site in Georgia that is notably at risk as a part of The Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril initiative. Each site is threatened by either demolition, neglect or insensitive public policy.
“I’ve always been more interested in the past than the future,” says Morris on the video project’s website. “I’m fascinated by how people lived, how civilizations have risen and fallen and especially by the things that have been left behind. Looking back, we find countless stories of people who had to preserve and survive. Now, it seems, all we do is consume and squander.”
Morris hosted a screening of all of the videos in Athens on Aug. 16, but the recordings are still being rolled out online. Catch his performance of “History’s Hoax,” filmed at the Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta, Ga., in the player below.