Before heading to Australia to open for The National, The Walkmen are in the midst of a September tour opening for Fleet Foxes in the U.S. The indie rockers are entering their second decade as a recording and touring band and are out supporting their sixth release, Lisbon. They plan on going into the studio this November to record a new album. While in Seattle last week, they stopped by KEXP radio for a live acoustic session.
The band changed their idea for the set at the last minute and went with a set of cover songs as performed by Johnny Cash. “Darlin’ Companion” originally done by The Lovin’ Spoonful was first up, followed by Bob Dylan’s “Wanted Man” (done in the style of the Johnny Cash version, natch). Following that is “Mr. Lonesome,” originally by country duo Tompall & the Glaser Brothers. Rounding out the set is “The Auld Triangle” written by Dominic Behan for his brother’s play The Quare Fellow. While Cash of course covered it, the Walkmen perform it closer to The Pogues‘ version. Download this tribute set to The Man in Black below.
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