First Aid Kit—Johanna and KlaraSöderberg—share their archived cover of Willie Nelson’s classic “On The Road Again” today, alongside an incredibly charming homemade tour video. The band’s first release since 2018’s Ruins LP and Tender Offerings EP, “On The Road Again” is a previously unreleased cover that First Aid Kit made 7+ years ago, and is another lovely addition to their extensive catalog of covers. Proceeds will be donated to Crew Nation in support of the global touring community until everyone can, in fact, be on the road again. Stream/purchase the song HERE.
Listen to “On The Road Again” and watch the video, culled from the band’s tour footage and edited entirely by Johanna prior to giving birth to her daughter a few weeks ago, now.
First Aid Kit on the release of “On The Road Again”:
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.
Crew Nation on the release of “On The Road Again”:
“Crew Nation is extremely grateful to Johanna and Klara for finding a way to support the members of crew who have been forced off the road and out of work,” said Nurit Smith, Executive Director, Music Forward Foundation. “These music crews spend their lives touring with artists, so it’s wonderful to have special tribute to those unseen magical moments with this song and video.”