After a month of binge-watching “The Wire” and “The Sopranos,” Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Kevin Morby wrote “Baltimore,” a song meant to honor his favorite characters from both HBO series. It soon transformed into a love letter to the city, which Morby released today in two versions. “Baltimore (Sky at Night)” can be played above, while “Baltimore (County Line)” can be heard below.
All proceeds from the digital single’s sales will be donated to Believe in Music, the Baltimore-based music-education program founded by Kenny Liner, formerly of the Bridge, a local band.
A Kansas City native, Morby started his career as the bassist of the psych-folk act Woods and then became frontman of the Babies before launching his solo career with 2013’s “Harlem River.” His love of Baltimore, a regular tour stop, motivated the release of the song — which, he said in a news release, didn’t thematically fit his June album, “City Music” — and the decision to donate the proceeds.
“I love Baltimore,” Morby said in the news release. “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.”
Liner said he appreciated an established artist from outside Baltimore giving back to the city.
“It’s so cool that someone who isn’t from Baltimore City wanted to do something to help our program and promote music education,” Liner wrote in email.