Jan 102011

If you Google “The Tallest Man on Earth,” almost all of the top results will lead you to Kristian Matsson from Sweden. While his name might lead you to believe he has a Guinness-book-worthy-height, he’s actually a folk singer who spent the last couple years touring with Bon Iver and John Vanderslice (and is of average size).

Live at Paste Magazine, Tallest Man on Earth covers Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” Stripped down with just an acoustic guitar, Kristian carries the song with his gritty voice. Without Simon’s African influences and steel guitar, the new version holds its own with simple fingerpicking and raw vocals, no fancy third-world production needed.

The Tallest Man on Earth – Graceland (Paul Simon cover)


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  1. Good, but his version on solo banjo is better. Truly chilling, and much better represents the angst of getting, uh, messed over by a woman than Simon’s original or this guitar version.

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