First Aid Kit Covers Willie Nelson’s ‘On the Road Again,’ Benefiting Crew Nation and the Global Touring Community Affected by COVID-19

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First Aid Kit, the Swedish folk duo comprised of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, shared a cover on Friday — and it’s a special one.

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The duo’s interpretation of Willie Nelson‘s classic “On the Road Again” was released as an effort to raise money for Crew Nation in support of the global touring community … one that has been particularly negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its prolonged cessation of live music (in the traditional sense, at least).

Though the cover is new, it was recorded more than seven years ago and features a video of the band’s prior tour footage, edited by Johanna prior to giving birth to a daughter weeks ago:

A statement from First Aid Kit about the song and its charitable focus:

We’re excited to release our version of “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson. We recorded this cover a couple of years ago and recently found it while digging through the archives. The song is a country classic, it feels like we’ve known it forever. Because of the situation with COVID, sadly, the theme of the song has never felt more relevant than it does today. 

We made a video for the song using cellphone footage from our tours throughout the years. Going through all those videos made us emotional. It made us realize how much we appreciate being able to roam freely around the world. How much we love the feeling of playing live for people, in the flesh. How much we miss our incredible band and crew. 

All the proceeds from the streaming of the song will go to Crew Nation. So much of the magic happens behind the stage. It’s easily taken for granted, but without our touring and venue crew live music wouldn’t be possible. It’s important that we help them out right now. 

Oh, how we wish we could get back on the road again! Hopefully we’ll see you down the road sometime soon.


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