Hear Bill Callahan Cover Walt Whitman, Play 'Dream River' at Studio 360

Austin singer-songwriter performs "The Sing" and "Spring" from his Essential LP

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As far as we're concerned, there's no such thing as too much Bill Callahan. SPIN recently went down to Austin to catch up with the famously press-shy Americana auteur on the occasion of his Essential new album Dream River, and we found him to be unseasonably warm. The artist formerly known as Smog continues his sharing streak now via Studio 360, dropping in to perform "The Sing" and "Spring" (see the latter above), plus discuss his latest masterwork. And speaking of, he also delivers a musical interpretation of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass which, while brief, is priceless to the Callahan aficionados among us. He also likens his songwriting process to woodwork, and reminds us that Dream River was made to soundtrack our last hour of the day. Experience all of it above and below — a 360-degree experience, if you will.

Callahan's entire Studio 360 visit:

Callahan's tribute to Leaves of Grass by Whitman:

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