Andy Jenkins – “Don’t It Drag On” (Live from Richmond)

Andy Jenkins released his debut full-length album Sweet Bunch in June, and it’s been called things like “buoyant and summery” (Harper’s Bazaar), “a truly special collection” (Thank Folk For That), and “a strong debut” (Exclaim). Now, as autumn approaches winter and Jenkins prepares to take his “wonderfully warm and breezy” (WXPN The Key) songs to England and Ireland next month, we get to relive a performance from his summer tour, a cover of “Don’t It Drag On” by the seasoned and profound songwriter Chris Smither, recorded live in Richmond. WATCH

Jenkins says about the song and video:

I love this song by Chris Smither. It’s on a record of the same name, recorded at Bearsville Studios in 1971 with a memorable album cover designed by Milton Glaser. The studio version is a perfect recording, I’ve listened to it hundreds of times, worn out the page on YouTube, (only place it currently exists online). A slow burning, wistful and sly perfect recording of a perfect song, piano, bass and guitar. I’ve been covering it for a couple years now, but I am no guitar player like the subtle and sweet Smither. At some point I decided to take it from a different, almost new-wave-ish angle. Played it on a string of shows with the Spacebomb House Band supporting Sweet Bunch this past summer. Alan joked that we’d get it right by San Francisco, which was pretty accurate and occurred about a week after the version you are about to see and hear, taped by the kind folks at Spacebomb Records in June in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia and thank you.

Andy Jenkins on tour:
Dec 1 – Margate UK – Elsewhere (free in-store performance)
Dec 1 – Margate UK – Tom Thumb Theatre *
Dec 2 – Brighton UK – Komedia *
Dec 3 – London UK – Union Chapel ◦
Dec 4 – London UK – Rough Trade East (free in-store performance)
Dec 5 – Liverpool UK – Buyer’s Club *
Dec 6 – Dublin IE – The Grand Social *
Dec 7 – Manchester UK – Night & Day *
Jan 4 – New York NY – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Jan 11 – Charlottesville VA – Paramount Theatre (WNRN and The Paramount Present: Dead Air)
Jan 25 – Copenhagen DK – Musikcaféen ▹
Jan 26 – Aalborg DK – Northern Winter Beat
Jan 29 – Glasgow UK – The Hug and Pint (Celtic Connections)

* w/ Molly Burch
◦ w/ Courtney Marie Andrews
▹ w/ Of The Valley

November 14, 2018

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