The National have taken to the stage to remember lo-fi indie icon Daniel Johnston with their own special rendition of ‘Devil Town’.
After a battle with numerous different health conditions, Johnston passed away by natural causes yesterday (September 11th) at the age of 58. As the music industry remembers his unique talent with tributes flooding in, The National decided to put their own spin on Johnston’s song ‘Devil Town’ while performing live.
The song, which originally appeared on Johnston’s 11th studio album 1990, was written and recorded at a time when Johnston’s ongoing battles with mental health continued to ravage his life. As a result of the difficult circumstances, the album in which ‘Devil Town’ appears on his a makeshift effort, compiling numerous different samples from studio recordings, home recordings and live performances.
The National, who were performing at The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas on the same day as Johnston’s death, walked back on to the stage for their encore and performed a rendition of their song ‘Not In Kansas’ when, in a nod of the head to Johnston, switched up the chorus to feature ‘Devil Town’.
See the performance, below.