There is something really American about The Walkmen. Something about the creaking piano, the roughness in Hamilton Leithauser voice that tells of too much cigarettes and whiskey and the 70’s business man attire they sport on stage all says America. The good kind of America, though.
So it’s no surprise that the five-piece took on a handful of Johnny Cash covers last night before their show with Fleet Foxes in Seattle. Stopping in at independent public radio strong hold KEXP, the band performed “Wanted Man,” “Mr. Lonesome,” and “Darlin’ Companion.” The band admitted that two of the tunes were actually covers of songs that Johnny Cash covered. “Wanted Man” is a Bob Dylan song while “Darlin’ Companion” was originally recorded by the Lovin’ Spoonful. Nevertheless, the boys played the “Johnny Cash versions.” They also played Dominic Behan’s “The Auld Triangle.”
The Walkmen are no strangers to covers of covers. In 2006, they released an entire album covering the Harry Nilsson and John Lennon collaboration Pussycats that includes Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross.”
Is this a hint that another covers record is in the works for The Walkmen? We’ll have to wait and see. [OneThirtyBPM]