Kevin Morby & Hamilton Leithauser Share ‘Virginia Beach’ Single

The collaborative track comes ahead of the pair’s extensive Fall Mixer North American Tour.

By Andy Kahn Oct 12, 2021 11:01 am PDT

Kevin Morby and Hamilton Leithauser shared a new collaborative single, “Virginia Beach.” The previous collaborators shared the track in conjunction with the start of their joint Fall Mixer North American Tour later this week.

They will be touring in support of Morby’s just-released A Night At The Little Los Angeles 4-track demo version of last year’s Sundowner LP and Leithauser’s 2020 album, The Loves of Your Life. Leithauser composed and began recording the “Virginia Beach” in New York. Morby later recorded additional vocals in Kansas City. Morby and Leithauser shared statements regarding “Virginia Beach,” which arrived with a lyric video. Read their notes below:

Leithauser:

“I wanted to do a modern take on a dark country song which would transform into more of a dark dance groove. I also wrote an entire vocal track over it but just didn’t think my voice was taking it anywhere new, so I sent the track to Kevin Morby. His voice sounds nothing like my own, and his songs usually have a very different structure than mine. I thought maybe he could take it in a new direction. He told me he wanted to write a traveling song, maybe mentioning some places people don’t sing about that much, and he sent me some lyrics. I loved it and wrote my ‘Virginia Beach’ lines right then and there, and sent them back to him.”

Morby:

“Maybe it was being in one place for almost two years, or maybe it was the mysterious and kinetic energy of the composition, but I found myself compelled to write of all the bizarre yet beautiful corners of America one often overlooks that a touring musician inevitably finds themselves in while out on the road. The Paris Idahos and the Texarkanas. It was my attempt at evoking Cash and Dylans ‘Wanted Man’ or Barbara Keith’s ‘Detroit or Buffalo,’ or any of those other lost country and rock n roll songs that shout out cities off the beaten path. Cities that down-and-out characters race towards in an attempt to outrun themselves. Though of course – as the saying goes, no matter where you go, there you are.”

Morby and Leithauser’s Fall Mixer Tour begins Thursday, October 14 in Richmond, Virginia. The tour continues across the United States in October and November, culminating in Washington D.C. on November 23.

Watch the lyric video for Kevin Morby and Hamilton Leithauser’s collaborative single “Virginia Beach” below:

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