The National were definitely born in the USA: At Saturday’s Bruce Springsteen tribute in New York as part of the New York Guitar Festival, Springsteen joined the band on stage for a cover of Woodie Guthrie’s “Oklahoma Hills.” Last month, SPIN.com previewed the concert (read more), in which a slew of artists performed the legendary Springsteen album, Nebraska, from start to finish. In addition to the National, Martha Wainwright, Laura Cantrell, Mark Eitzel, and Vernon Reid all performed Nebraska from front to back.
According to Billboard.com, Bruce Springsteen has a particular affinity towards the National — he plays the band’s “About Today” before shows on his most recent tour. The National’s Aaron Dessner was typically modest about the whole affair. “It was almost absurd to me that [Springsteen] knows and likes our music,” Dessner told Billboard. The National will play a show Jan. 25 at Tufts University in Boston with Broken Social Scene and another at the Plug Awards in New York on Feb. 2.
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