There’s a song on Slow Burn called “This Ain’t No Place for a Sensitive Man,” which Morton says he wrote about the music business in Nashville, but it seems equally applicable to his current conundrum. “You see something beautiful [online] and read the comments and it’s, ‘Faggot’,” he says.
Of course, Morton also knows the Internet offers opportunities to connect with fans in ways he wasn’t able to when he moved to Athens 10 years ago. “Sometimes I get an email from some guy saying, ‘Listened to your record with my top down while driving through Italy.’ It takes you aback. You’re getting to somebody.”