Hamilton Leithauser, who grew up in DC, performs at 9:30 Club on Nov. 23, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)
The pandemic has had a profound impact on the live music industry, unfortunately creating a dearth of opportunities for some artists, but concurrently providing inspiration and much-needed time for others to essentially hit the reset button.
A number of the tours assembled over the last few months, maybe more than usual, have been of the double-bill type, a benefit to cities along the way with venues considered must-stops.
One such an outfit to recently visit the area was the tantalizing duo of DC native Hamilton Leithauser and Kevin Morby — a pair of accomplished musicians who set out in mid-October on what was dubbed the Fall Mixer Tour, a quest through 29 different cities that wrapped up last week at 9:30 Club with an abundant, exhilarating night of entertainment.
Kevin Morby rocks the 9:30 Club on June 1, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Over the past few years Kevin Morby has grown exponentially both as a performer and as a songwriter. From his time in the Babies and Woods to his critically acclaimed solo records, Kevin creates music that is at once familiar and at the same time new. He continued to do so at the 9:30 Club recently.
Kevin Morby (Photo by Barrett Emke)
Kevin Morby released Oh My God, a double-album concept record, in April via Dead Oceans. He arrives at 9:30 Club on Saturday, June 1, to present his ambitious new music.
Kevin Morby rocks a sold-out Ottobar on April 20, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Kevin Morby is troubadour who is cut from the same cloth as Lou Reed and Bob Dylan with a bit of Will Oldham or even Jason Molina (of whom Kevin and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield covered recently). Last year, he released City Music on the Dead Oceans label. Last Friday, he performed to a sold-out Ottobar.
Hand Habits performs at the Ottobar on April 20, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Hand Habits, the musical monicker of LA-based / New York native Meg Duffy, is something special. Meg is an incredible guitarist who has played with Mega Bog and currently with Kevin Morby but over the past several years she has honed her songwriting craft in her own project, the debut full-length of which was last year’s Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), released on Woodsist Records.
Hand Habits (Photo courtesy the artist)
Singer-songwriter Meg Duffy, guitarist for Kevin Morby, launched Hand Habits, a solo project, a few years back, and last year she debuted a full-length album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), via Woodsist. Hand Habits is on tour now, opening for Kevin, and the show arrives at Ottobar in Baltimore on Friday, April 20.