Today, Grammy Award-winning R&B songwriter and recording artist Leon Bridges shared his latest track, “Summer Moon.” The song features Mexican indie singer and songwriter Kevin Kaarl and is available now via Columbia Records.

The track marks the two recording artists’ first collaboration together. Bridges discovered Kaarl’s sound during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and reached out to him personally as soon as he could to assist him on “Summer Moon.” The resulting track uncovered a lavish creative synergy between Bridges’ native Texas and Kaarl’s Mexico.

 “I was inspired by this coffee shop called Summer Moon near my home that my friends Abe and Marcel used to frequent during the pandemic. The vibe is about searching for connection with someone despite the fear of living during that time,” said Bridges in a press release. “I hit up Kevin Kaarl to guest on the record as I became a fan of his work during the same period. Texas shares a special artistic relationship with Mexico and this felt like my way to put a shine on that.”

The song has spacious production and allows Bridges’ evocative vocals to hover over a tight beat and simmering bassline. Kaarl responds to Bridges with a bilingual verse before returning to harmonizing.

“Around 2018 browsing YouTube, I found a video that caught my attention. It was a music video for a song called ‘River,’ and the song and the video really got into my head, being a very strong source of inspiration for me at that time. Even during the pandemic, I remember that song along with its story was the main reference for the music video of a song of mine,” added Kaarl. “When they told me about a collaboration with Leon Bridges, I didn’t hesitate to accept. It really was something necessary and ‘Summer Moon’ is a very beautiful and real song. I’m glad I can participate in it.”

Bridges is currently traversing around Europe on The Boundless tour. When he returns to the states he’ll bring his first-ever amphitheater and arena tour to the U.S. with stops in over 20 cities over the summer. See full dates below.

Listen to “Summer Moon” below.

Leon Bridges The Boundless Tour

(Dates New Dates in Bold)

June 17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK #

June 18 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK #

June 19 – O2 Academy – Bristol, UK #

June 21 – Eventim Apollo – London, UK #

June 22 – Eventim Apollo – London, UK #

June 23 – Brighton Dome – Brighton, UK #

June 26 – The Helix – Dublin, IE #

June 27 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK #

June 30 – Olympia – Paris, FR #

July 2 – Rock Werchter – Werchter, BE #

July 4 – Carlswerk Victoria – Cologne, DE #

July 5 – Tempodrom – Berlin, DE #

July 6 – Tonhalle – Munich, DE #

July 8 – Espai Port – Porta Ferrada Season Festival – Cataluna, ES  

July 9 – Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, ES      

July 10 – Auditorio Mar De Vigo – Vigo, Pontevedra, ES #

July 12 – Coliseu do Porto–Porto, PT #

July 14 – Super Bock Super Rock – Lisbon, PT

July 29 The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV *

July 30 The Forum Los Angeles, CA *

July 31 The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park San Diego, CA *

Aug. 3 White Oak Music Hall Houston, TX *

Aug. 4 The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Dallas, TX *

Aug. 6 Moody Center Austin, TX *

Aug. 8 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA *

Aug. 10 The Anthem Washington, DC *

Aug. 13 Skyline Stage at The Mann Philadelphia, PA *

Aug. 14 Thompson’s Point Portland, ME *

Aug. 16 Roadrunner Boston, MA *

Aug. 18 Forest Hills Stadium New York, NY *

Aug. 20 Scotiabank Arena Toronto, ON *

Aug. 21 KEMBA LIVE! – Outdoor Amphitheater Columbus, OH

Aug. 22 Masonic Temple Theatre Detroit, MI *

Aug. 24 Credit Union 1 Arena Chicago, IL *

Aug. 25 The Armory Minneapolis, MN *

Aug. 29 – Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center – Portland, OR *

Aug. 30 – Marymoor Park – Seattle, WA *

Sept. 2 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Aspen, CO     

Sept. 4 Oxbow RiverStage Napa, CA *

Sept. 7 The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA *

Sept. 8 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara, CA *

*with Little Dragon

+ with Chiiild (previously announced)

# with Kirby (previously announced)