Lambchop's Kurt Wagner: Tiny Desk Concert Kurt Wagner writes and sings beautiful songs with Lambchop, a hefty ensemble with a calm, restrained sound. When Wagner visited us, he came alone, with just a guitar and a good-natured sense of humor.

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Lambchop's Kurt Wagner

Kurt Wagner writes and sings beautiful songs with Lambchop, a hefty Nashville ensemble with a calm, restrained sound. When Kurt Wagner came by our office to play a Tiny Desk Concert, he came alone, with just an acoustic guitar, a stack of lyrics and his humble, good-natured sense of humor.

His performance was full of wonderful surprises, starting with a Bob Dylan song from Blood on the Tracks called "You're a Big Girl Now." Wagner was en route to New York, where he was going to introduce songs from the new Lambchop record, OH (Ohio).

Wagner gave us his solo take on these songs, and we've captured those on video for you here. Songs include "National Talk Like a Pirate Day" and "Sharing a Gibson with Martin Luther King Jr." He closed with a version of the country song "I Believe in You" by Don Williams; some of you may remember when it was a big hit on the radio in 1980.

What I love most about Kurt Wagner — and what I think may strike you, as well — is how soft-spoken and gentle his singing is. He almost swallows his words, and that's what draws me in. You have to listen with vigilance to his frugal singing style, but it's always worth it.

Set Lists

  • "You're a Big Girl Now"
  • "Slipped Dissolved and Loosed"
  • "National Talk Like a Pirate Day"
  • "Sharing a Gibson with Martin Luther King Jr."
  • "I Believe in You"

Credits

Frannie Kelley (cameras); edited by Bob Boilen; audio by Kevin Wait

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