Andrew Bird on Letterman

Last night, Andrew Bird stopped by the eerily silent, hurricane-stricken studio at the Late Show With David Letterman, bringing Tift Merritt, his peer in singer-songwriterdom, with him. Bird played fiddle, Merritt played guitar, stand-up bass player Alan Hampton played stand-up bass, and all three of them crowded around a single mic bluegrass-style. They covered Townes Van Zandt’s immortal “If I Needed You,” a song that Bird covered on his new album Hands Of Glory, but I’m going to go on record saying that the in-studio version below is better than the one on that album. Watch it below.

Hands Of Glory is out now on Mom + Pop.

Comments (3)
  1. Fantastic. Too bad there was virtually no one in the audience to hear it live.

  2. Also, I’ll disagree with Tom. I like this one better than the studio version… the studio version isn’t quite depressing enough and I think the harmonies resonate a bit better here, but that’s just me.

    In all honesty though, is there any version of this song that compares to TVZ’s take from Rear View Mirror?

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