"I grew up in the heart of Cajun Louisiana, so it always seemed like music was in the air. It usually was, but even when it was silent, someone was crying. I think that's what it comes down to. People who write honest songs are criers." —Rex Moroux.
Rex Moroux isn't a big crier, but he understands how music moves people to tears. That's why he took up songwriting in 2000 when he was living in California, a welcome change from his work writing plays and composing pieces for actor's workshops. He began performing Bob Dylan-esque songs in Los Angeles coffeehouses, but a family tragedy soon brought him home to his native Lafayette, Louisiana and his music took a similar shift back to his roots. He formed an alternative country, honky tonk band, Rex Moroux & the Johns, recording the EP Peggy Sue is Punk Rock and album 105 and a Lullaby together before dissolving not long after.
Now Moroux is a solo act, writing Americana songs layered with twinkly piano and colorful pop-rock flourishes inspired by his travels to big American cities like Memphis, Tenn. He counts numerous artists among his influences, including Leonard Cohen, Jeff Tweedy, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Bruce Springsteen and more.