Kevin Morby took his fondness from touring through Charm City and infused it into not one, but two endearing singles.
“Baltimore,” released yesterday, comes in a “County Line” version featuring soft guitar and quiet percussion, and a “Sky at Night” version driven by acoustic guitar and a shimmery piano. Both feature his Dylan-esque vibe and lyrics suggesting he has at least a few heartfelt memories from his travels here.
Morby, formerly bassist for Brooklyn indie rock group Woods, tweeted that he wrote it in honor of “The Wire,” nodding to a couple of his favorite characters.
I wrote a song about the Wire and all proceeds go to a Baltimore youth music education program. Shout out to McNulty and Bodie. ✌🏻️ https://t.co/vx2sK7Kfun
— Kevin Morby (@kevinmorby) October 25, 2017
Proceeds from the song’s sales will go to Believe in Music, a nonprofit that teaches youth about music and community engagement. The group’s website says it’s based out of Green Street Academy, a charter school on N. Hilton Street in Southwest Baltimore, and that its staff work with youth with the Penn North Safe Kids Zone.
Morby said in a release that he recorded both versions separately while assembling his last two albums, “Singing Saw” and “Cities. Neither version felt thematically appropriate to include on either album, he said, but he couldn’t help but release it, even if only as a single.
“I love Baltimore,” he said. “It is a city with a giant heart and has remained one of my favorite places to keep returning to on tour. It is unique and beautiful and you can’t mistake it for anywhere else in the world—Baltimore is one hundred percent Baltimore.”
Click here to listen or purchase either rendition of the song on Bandcamp. We’ve also included both versions below for your listening pleasure.
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