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Kevin Morby's New Album Is An Ode To His Kansas Home

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Kevin Morby holding his guitar in front of a motel.
Johnny Eastlund
Kevin Morby filmed one of his recent music videos at Castle Rock in Kansas.

With themes of isolation, Kevin Morby's "Sundowner" fits this pandemic time. But the album was actually written in 2017, when Morby had just moved back to Kansas City, Kansas, from Los Angeles.

Being isolated away from the music industry and experiencing melancholy also influenced the new release. Composed in his backyard shed, Morby worked through Kansas weather without air conditioning or heat.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and A People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.