“Tallgrass calls themselves, ‘Dirt Stomping Soul;’ I would add that they are an utterly rare intermingling of folk, gospel, indie, bluegrass, and more. To say that they are an original musical undertaking would be quite the understatement. Tallgrass is eloquent almost poetically jazzy in their delivery of said ‘dirt.’ Adam Morford blends elements of African and World percussion with more traditional rock and folk beats. They went into their captivating original “Never Try.” Adam’s drums were a distinctive juxtaposition to Matt Skinner’s raspy but clean vocals here and throughout their hour long set. Adam’s brother Austin Morford rounds out the band, he is a tight pocket bassist and holds it all together. They gave the crowd chills with an acapella version of the African traditional spiritual “Down To River To Pray” as the noiseless crowd stepped out the beat on the hardwood floors.”

“With their new release God, Sin, Whiskey, and Women, Iowa City’s Tallgrass crafts a refreshing twist on some familiar musical territory. It is a soundtrack of leather saddlebags, a sun-faded cattleman’s duster and barbwire slowly taming a wild prairie. Just like the recent remake of the western 3:10 to Yuma, these songs retain enough of the original to keep it in comfortable territory, but offer up enough contemporary flair to make it interesting. I really hope somewhere Johnny Depp is preparing to make a movie for these songs… …If you’re a jaded music lover who is tired of knowing where a song is going before the first chorus is finished, you’ll love the subtle musical surprises in this album. The music is just familiar enough to lull you into a practiced enjoyment, then, WHAM, you realize that the stagecoach lurched left where you thought it would turn right, and all the listener can say is “damn”.”

“There may be a set of brothers in Tallgrass with the last name of Morford, but never did the bluegrass musicians think to call the band “Morford and Sons” or even “the Morford Brothers.” “We probably would have made a lot more money by now,” Austin Morford said with a laugh. Joking aside, the banjo/harmonica heavy group, who formed in 2011, did not set out to emulate the sounds being put down by the likes of chart toppers Mumford and Sons or the Avett Brothers. Yet, the band has more of a soulful blues sound than what those other groups offer. “We were never trying to fit a mold with the times,” Adam Morford explained. “The new thing is to do the old thing it seems. But it all just happened that we like different types of soulful music and it’s kind of a coincidence how the style came out.””

“We chatted while the first band set up. We drank as they were introduced. We shut up, in awe, when they began to play. While we just wanted to catch up, Sam and I couldn’t seem to pull our attention from the soulful, passionate, outright awesome music that was being produced on stage. The rhythm was guttural, it drove home the pain of my day like only good soul can. This wasn’t some fly-by-night blues band playing old licks and trying to fake ‘feeling’, these guys had it, and it was pure. Their music reminds me of my surroundings… the resolve of the blue-collar, hard workin, tough-life, tough-love, ‘play while you can’ bones and grit of the midwest. It is hard, it is honest, it is gravel in ice, and it brings me home in heart and head.”

“What sets Tallgrass apart is hard to put my finger on. They certainly have some of the blues influence picked up from bands like Allman Brothers, but where that band indulges in western-shirt-ripping grandiosity, Tallgrass is more subtle, sly and lateral, more likely to sneak up on you than hit you over the head with wailing guitars. They’re also a band with a peculiarly funky brand of country-folk. The liquid, swinging fluency of Adam Morford’s drumming drives every song without ever dominating the mix. He inverts the traditional balance of the trap set, pounding out patterns mostly on floor toms, using the kick, snare and cymbals for accents and sparse fills. Austin Morford and Matt Skinner’s guitars percolate and mutter in tight counterpoint to the drums. I still hate country music but I think God, Sin, Whiskey and Women points out what’s wrong with it: a lack of imagination. They show what can happen if good musicians take the tradition as a starting point instead of an end”

“While mainstream America was following its blind lust for Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers, the Fort Collins, by way of Iowa, Morford brothers were taking a similar sound and mixing it with a bit of JJ Grey and Mofro. Brothers Adam and Austin Morford, along with their longtime friend Matt Skinner have put forth a debut that, as the title suggests, is Better Than Medicine — and we all know how good the medicine is in Colorado. Skinner plays some great banjo licks, but the fact that they don’t come across bluegrassy is a good part of the magic here. The disc has a rootsy, front porch sound, but with enough musicianship, three-part harmonies and pop sensibilities to make it fresh.” – Marquee Magazine