The National Honors Daniel Johnston


The National covered ’s “Devil Town” during their concert Wednesday night in Houston. Johnston, a longtime Austin, Texas resident, suffered a heart attack and died on Tuesday at the age of 58.

The National’s tribute to Johnston came during the evening’s encore at The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall. The band began by playing “Not In Kansas” from their recently issued studio album, I Am Easy To Find. Featuring additional vocals by This Is The Kit (Kate Stables), Hannah Georgas and trumpeter Kyle Resnick, the musicians then segued into Johnston’s often covered “Devil Town” from his 1990 album 1990.

“That was for Daniel Johnston, who left us,” said The National frontman . “We’re still here. We got this.”


Watch footage of “Not In Kansas” and “Devil Town” shared by The National below:



The National at The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall

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  • Quiet Light
  • The Pull of You
  • Hey Rosey
  • Bloodbuzz Ohio
  • Guilty Party
  • Oblivions
  • So Far So Fast
  • Where Is Her Head
  • Baby, We'll Be Fine  
  • I Need My Girl
  • This Is the Last Time
  • Day I Die
  • The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  • Pink Rabbits
  • Light Years
  • You Had Your Soul With You
  • Hard to Find
  • I Am Easy to Find
  • England
  • Terrible Love
  • Not in Kansas  
  • Mr. November
  • Fake Empire
  • About Today
  • Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

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