A Quick Look at One of Fort Worth’s Singer-Songwriters, Morris Holdahl

Contributed photo Photo Credit: Ron McQueen

By Leticia Garcia

Morris Holdahl is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He’s currently playing with Thieving BirdsSimon FloryBogus Green, and Honky Tonk Country Club. 

Holdahl started learning music on the trumpet when he was in middle school, and at 15, he received his first guitar, a black BC Rich Warlock. At that time, the musician was influenced by Ozzy Osbourne, System of a Down, and Nirvana.

His first experiences with a band were playing as the stage band for his school’s production of Grease. Later that year, he acquainted himself with acoustic guitar and took a dive into Jim Croce‘s catalogue.

Holdahl was inspired by gentle songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkle who helped influence the sounds he’d aspire to make.

Music theory went on to be his main focus for several years and by 2011 he was a key member of Vanillaface Jones and Booty Stew. Neither band still performs around town, but he recorded with both bands and aided in composing for Booty Stew over that year.

Currently, Holdahl is working with Thieving Birds on their third album and is sitting in for Andrew Skates with Honky Tonk Country Club.

You can catch Morris Holdahl playing live in Fort Worth with:

Bogus Green – March 4 at Woodshed Smokehouse 12-4pm

March 16 at American Gardens

and every Thursday in March at Tin Panther

Thieving Birds – March 17 at Shipping & Receiving


Simon Flory – March 11 at Fred’s Texas Cafe 6-9pm

and every Monday from March 26 to April 30 at Magnolia Motor Lounge.

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