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Daniel Johnston’s final live performance set to be released in new album


The late Daniel Johnston, who passed away in September last year, will have a posthumous live album released by Wilco’s dBpm Records.

After a battle with numerous different health conditions, Johnston passed away by natural causes at the age of 58. Three years prior to his death, while in Chicago, the lo-fi indie pioneer played his final ever concert. During his time in the city, Johnston also recorded a session at Wilco’s Loft studio with Jeff Tweedy.

Now, both audio recordings have been combined to create Chicago 2017, a vinyl-only album which will be released January 31st through Wilco’s own dBpm Records.

“Jeff Tweedy and Wilco have been incredible ambassadors of Daniel’s music for years,” Daniel’s longtime manager Tom Gimbel said in a statement. “So many fans have discovered Daniel’s work through covers and interviews by notable artists such as Jeff and Wilco – and we are certainly grateful. I think this album captures the perfect Daniel Johnston setlist and does so with Jeff and the band’s expert musicianship and thoughtful arrangements.

“I’m so glad that this show from Daniel’s last tour was recorded with such care. It’s something fans will be able to enjoy forever.”

Jeff Tweedy added: “There is and was only one Daniel and to be able to work with him and help present his music was a huge honour for me and the band, one for which we are all very thankful.”

As a sample of what to come, stream ‘Worried Shoes’, one of the 13 tracks taken from the album.

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