KEVIN MORBY + HAND HABITS @ THE TROUBADOUR
Photos and recap by David Fisch
Kevin Morby is touring in support of his latest LP City Music, but his stately brand of folk rock feels far off the grid and out into the small bars of the badlands that his performance at The Troubadour felt like something of a revelation. Performing to a sold-out crowd pining for good ‘ole folk jams and instrumental dexterity, Morby and his backing band played fluidly through a ninety-minute set, combining their strengths and letting Morby free to enjoy the stage for lively renditions of “City Music,” “Cry Baby,” “1234,” “I Have Been To The Mountain” and more. When it came to his more understated tunes, he held us captive, transfixed on his every strum – even more so when he closed the set solo while playing the sobering “Beautiful Strangers” on his acoustic guitar. His parents approved, who were up in the balcony above.
Morby’s bandmate and confidant Meg Duffy opened under her Hand Habits moniker, playing a drifty, hazy set of numbers from her album Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), cracking a couple jokes and insinuating that a new album was in the works.