The Tallest Man on Earth Covers Bon Iver, Lucinda Williams, More on New Covers Album

It’s hard to remember that the musicians we love have musical heroes just like us. On Too Late for Edelweiss, a new covers album by folk artist The Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) being released on Sept. 23, Matsson shares the roots of his musicianship with the listener by covering the songs that made him the artist he is today. He has released a cover of “Lost Highway” by Hank Williams as the fourth single, something that he used to play in the early days of performing before he had written enough for a full live set.

In a way, such an album of covers holds you close to the artist in a new way, allowing you to see them as you might see a friend, playing you their favorite songs. Matsson shares in a statement: ”…In the small hours in between trips and sessions, mostly in my house in Sweden and an AirBnb in North Carolina, I lo-fi recorded some covers here and there. Many times as a reset button for my own song writing, to cleanse the palate from my whirlpool mind while writing songs. A little document of songs I had on my mind during those nights.” And looking through the picks on the singles released so far—from slow, moving ballads to more upbeat country—it’s clear that this is an album meant to sit in the breast pocket over your heart. Matsson’s performance of these selections roams wistfully, giving the listener much space to imagine what was going through his mind and heart when they were recorded.

There is another original album that Matsson is currently in the process of writing and recording, which he describes by saying the LP is something that “I’m wildly proud of and will see the light of day eventually.” But until then, this is what sees fans through, and what allows listeners to understand his artistic and personal creative process in a new, intimate way.

Listen to The Tallest Man on Earth’s cover of “Lost Highway” (plus his 2009 Daytrotter session) below, and see the details of his covers album and his tour dates further down.

Too Late for Edelweiss Tracklist:

01. För sent för Edelweiss (Håkan Hellström)
02. Metal Firecracker (Lucinda Williams)
03. Little Birdie (Ralph Stanley)
04. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye (The Casinos)
05. Blood Bank (Bon Iver)
06. Tears Are In Your Eyes (Yo La Tengo)
07. Fairest Of The Seasons (Jackson Browne & Nico)
08. Pink Rabbits (The National)
09. Lost Highway (Hank Williams)
10. In My Life (The Beatles)

Too Late for Edelweiss Art:


The Tallest Man on Earth Tour Dates:

April 2023

12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio
13 – Arhus, DK @ Voxhall
16 – Glasgow, UK @ QMU
17 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
18 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Cathedral
19 – Leeds, UK @ The Leeds Irish Centre
21 – London, UK @ O2 Forum
22 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
25 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
26 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
27 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
29 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
30 – Munich, DE @ Freiheitshalle

May 2023

1 – Berlin, DE @ Metropol
2 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahlrlich
3 – Malmo, SE @ Plan-B
5 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
6 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus
9 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik