"Far From Me" (John Prine Cover) & "Song For Zula" - Phosphorescent Solo [Göteborgs-Posten Video]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published August 11, 2013

Matthew Houck, the man who performs under the stage name of Phosphorescent, did a special intimate performance for Swedish broadcaster Göteborgs-Posten (GP TV) which you can watch above.

Houck starts by saying "I'm gonna attempt this John Prine song which is a monster of a tune" and proceeds to nail "Far From Me" by himself on guitar and vocals. Even has he fumbles through a chord change in the middle of the song, it fits the story and feeling perfectly. With his trusty Fender Jazzmaster in his hands, and a Heineken on the coffee table next to his sunglasses, you can see a true musician who can set up shop just about anywhere and deliver a jaw dropping performance. No gimmicks, no tricks, no pre-programmed electronics; just a human being pouring his heart out through music.

"Song For Zula" starts at the 4:05 mark of the video. It is without question the biggest hit song of Phosphorescent's career, and the crown jewel of his critically acclaimed 2013 album, Muchacho. The version here is a stripped down version of the song that sounds completely different than the version from the album or the version he's been performing with his band in concert. The lone fingerpick-style guitar gives an up-tempo twangy bluegrassy folk feeling, whereas the version on the album and performed live features drums with big echo and reverb effects, a string section (replicated in a live setting by synthesizer keyboards), and pedal steel guitar that sound soft, lush, and rich. "Song For Zula" is an amazing song and I haven't heard a version yet that I didn't love.



Source: GP TV
Via: Phosphorescent Facebook Page

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