While in Oregon enjoying what he called "the happiest time in my life," Morgan got a call from his father in Gauley Bridge. His dad was sick with cancer again.
"I knew it was bad this time," he said. He flew home and began caring for his father and, in May, after seven months in his son's care, Morgan's father passed away.
When Morgan released "Sing" in October, he dedicated it to his father.
While caring for his dad, Morgan set up a makeshift studio in the house and started recording. "Sing" is a symphonic, 10-song effort all written and recorded by Morgan, then shipped to Pittsburgh for mastering by David Klug.
"It just turned out artistically that it seemed to connect with my situation when I was laying down the tracks," he said.
Morgan said that while making the music is easy, exposure is still hard to come by.
"There hasn't been any of that," Morgan said when asked about any praise bestowed upon the new record. "The girl I'm seeing now, she's receptive to it, and she understands where I'm coming from, but no publication or fans have asked me about it -- the whole connection, the whole story.
"It's like, Bon Iver gets a story. He has a whole record ['For Emma, Forever Ago'] done, and he goes out into a hunting camp in the middle of the woods, and they used that to market the record, saying he recorded the thing in the middle of the woods.
"It's like, 'I actually lived these things I'm singing about, and they're actually attached to a story that is real,' and I don't get any exposure."
"Hunt" didn't get any press, either, he noted.
"Not a single blog reviewed it, and I sent out CDs and jumped through all the hoops," he said laughing, but with no small hint of frustration.
Morgan now is recording his friend, Dutch Underwood, in Gauley Bridge. He's still frustrated with taking his music out in public and said he'd rather play in someone's living room than most bars.
"I think Juna reaches people on a deeper level than a band that might reach 50 out of 100 people," he said. "It's a smaller market of people, but a deeper connection."
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