Today, Charlottesville singer/songwriter Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers have announced a new album American Reckoning, available October 2. The title track was originally released via YouTube in June and is now available on all streaming services today. The song has two parts: the first asking how much more Trump damage the country can take; the second part mourning Trump’s assaults on the racial progress America had made from the Civil Rights Movement up to Obama. Listen now via Spotify.
American Reckoning explores Race in America – historically, up to present day, over a soundtrack that expertly weaves elements of Americana, blues, jazz, folk and rock.
Opening folk-rock track, “Entitled & Exploitative,” kicks back at the Trump Administration’s abject racism, and its reliance on misinformation, manipulation, gaslighting and scapegoating to marginalize and oppress. The blues/funk “Black Sheep” explores the long-term effects of injustice on a group of people. “Half CrowJim” paints the picture of life in a small town during slavery, illustrating the ways community and institutions were intertwined and complicit in maintaining a system beyond moral justification. Closing track “Flutterer” was written by Morris’ friend, Colorado songwriter Jamie Smith (DangHead), and given a raw emotive life by Morris. “It’s about bringing a child into the world when you’re an outsider to mainstream society…maybe even a conscientious objector of sorts. It’s about the struggle one faces to find authenticity and meaning in life, and then the challenges involved in holding onto it. Yet that individual struggle is what leads to positive change in a culture.”
American Reckoning was recorded just outside of Charlottesville, VA at White Star Sound, with producer/engineer Stewart Myers and a top-notch group of musicians, including: Daniel Clarke (K.D. Lang), Charles Arthur (Slaid Cleaves), Stephen McCarthy (The Long Ryders, The Jayhawks), and John O’Reilly Jr. (Fun).