Last week, Kevin Morby and Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) released a dual-track single covering two songs from the epic songwriter Jason Molina. Molina's keen ability to deliver unashamedly honest counsel in his songs is not lost on his reverent folk singer contemporaries. Sharing more than just a love for Molina's music, Morby and Crutchfield both engage in months-long tours that can oftentimes subject traveling artists to the blue-collar emotional and spiritual bankruptcy chronicled throughout Molina's discography. The proceeds from the singles go to benefit MusiCares, a charity providing resources for musicians facing financial, medical, or personal emergencies.
The tracks selected by the frequently coworking twosome, "Farewell Transmission" and "The Dark Don't Hide It," reach into the bottomless vault of Molina's untarnished, nonpareil ballads and resurrect two cherished numbers that decode the long dark blues and mirthless truths of bearing Molina's conflicted awareness. Morby and Crutchfield's work fulfills the line from "Farewell Transmission" when Molina suggests "I will be gone but not forever" as their own creative touch sustains his lasting legacy all the while providing resources to the music community's most underpriveleged.