Texan folkie Kevin Morby has released a new one-off single called “Beautiful Strangers,” dedicated to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Sales of the track will benefit Everytown For Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for the strengthening of gun laws.
Morby finds comfort in viewing recent acts of violence such as the Paris attacks and the death of Freddie Gray through an overtly religious lens, backing his pleas for peace and justice with hand drums and beachy guitars. The song feels like it was born in the woods of my childhood Christian hippie camp, a place where God is concerned with equality, peace, and making sure you don’t litter. “Beautiful Strangers” is a blend of “Please save us” and “We need to save ourselves,” and Morby approaches all six minutes of it with musical leisure and lyrical urgency. Check it out below along with the B-side, a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “No Place To Fall.”
A statement from Morby:
This release is dedicated to and written for all the people I have never met but have only read about. The innocent people who were out living their lives and one day, without warning, had them taken away from them. People who liked to laugh, dance, and love in the way that we all do, but cant anymore. All those names and faces, all those beautiful strangers…
So here are two songs, “Beautiful Strangers” as well as my cover of Townes Van Zandts “No Place To Fall” that I have been closing my live show with over the past year. Any donation, no matter what size, in purchase of these two songs will go to Everytown For Gun Safety – an organization I have followed for quite some time. I believe in and support them in their efforts to make the world a safer place. So if you wish – you can donate as little or large as you’d like and I do hope you enjoy the songs. Do it for the kids.
Purchase the 7″ at Bandcamp.