Queens-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Morgan grew up in central Pennsylvania, where he spent countless Sunday mornings amidst the broken strains and coffee breath of his church congregation. His first record, Starcrossed Losers, became the alias under which he would go on to release two more, Bind Us Anew and Strange Hesitations, each featuring his distinctive conglomeration of Americana styles, from stripped-down acoustic ballads and love-lorn parlor laments to roaring alt-country and throwback 60’s rock ‘n roll.
Younger At Most Everything, out today on Team Love Records, is a collection of deeply personal songs that reads like a map of Morgan’s spiritual evolution. From child of evangelical Christianity to existentially paralyzed adolescent, drunken romantic to neurotic but industrious artist, Younger takes listeners on a bumpy journey through the badlands of self-doubt, fear, repression, and near-despair, charting the ongoing, non-linear path towards healing.
The album’s title, a mishearing of Gram Parson’s 1968 classic “Hickory Wind,” marks Morgan’s place in the history of American musicians who have blurred the lines between traditional and modern. The sparse, mostly acoustic arrangements, featuring fingerstyle guitar, pedal steel, pump organ, and Morgan’s earnest tenor voice, clearly reflect a deep love for classic roots music such as The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, and The Louvin Brothers, while taking on the melodic inventiveness of such modern greats as Rufus Wainwright and Ron Sexsmith.
The production of Younger At Most Everything began in late February, 2020 with a whirlwind session at Welterweight Sound in the Hudson Valley of NY. Working with producer Ryan Dieringer, Morgan recorded live solo performances of over 20 songs in two days’ time, many of which would comprise the core of the album. The two used these recordings as access points to the deeper world within the songs – like a live performance at the gates of Kyle’s memory and imagination. These worlds can at times feel wistful and calm, other times stormy and defiant – like the long road to self-acceptance with its intermittent pavement and poorly timed flat tires.
02/26 – New York, NY – The Owl Music Parlor
02/27 – Woodstock, NY – The Colony
03/03 – Portland, ME – Blue
03/04 – Boston, MA – Goodrich Family Presents
03/13 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
04/02 – York, PA – Kable House Presents