Kevin Morby has put out two fantastic albums within the span of about a year. Both 2016’s Singing Saw and 2017’s City Music were originally written together and were set to be put out as companion pieces. During both of those recording sessions, Morby recorded a song called “Baltimore” that never made it onto either album. Now he has shared both versions and is releasing them as a standalone single.
“Baltimore (Sky At Night)” comes from the Singing Saw sessions while “Baltimore (County Line)” comes from the City Music sessions. Morby had this to say about the tracks:
“I love Baltimore. 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. All proceeds from both my and the label side will go to the Believe In Music education program, which provides “an innovative music education for Baltimore’s youth.” I do hope you enjoy both versions of the song and if you do decide to donate – thank you for contributing to what I believe to be a great cause.
I wrote “Baltimore” at the time I was conceiving both Singing Saw and City Music and recorded a version during both sessions with two different bands. I love the song dearly, but in the end thought that thematically it didn’t belong on either album, and thus have been waiting for this moment to release it as what it has always been meant to be — a single.”
Stream both songs below.
Pick up both Singing Saw and City Music right here.