Cory Morrow is among the growing cadre of young Texas songwriters anchored by his longtime collaborators, Pat Green and Jack Ingram. Morrow boasts the standard Lone Star résumé -- dropping out of college (Texas Tech) and paying dues in rough Lubbock venues -- and has subsequently earned a few nods from CMT. But he'll need a few more years on the road before he can make a song to rival Billy Joe Shaver's "Live Forever" (a frequent cover). Still, Morrow isn't shy about offering heartfelt respect to the dustier gentlemen who came before. He's even collaborated with Green for an album of props called Songs We Wish We'd Written
. Like Robert Earl Keen, Morrow is quickly absorbing the art of developing loyal crowds, though his songs (which owe a debt to Keen) are his real strength. Given a few years, they may be on tribute albums of their own.