Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Vagabon and Courtney Barnett Cover “Reason To Believe”


Vagabon and Courtney Barnett perform a tasteful cover of Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe” in the style of Karen Dalton.  Got it?  Sorry to be so confrontational.  The news has me jittery.  I must need more caffeine.  Their version is below and you can listen to it through the delightful YouTube service.

I recently discovered the Karen Dalton version of ‘Reason To Believe’ for the first time. I became obsessed and so a few days after discovering it, I was encouraged to record a cover of it in my garage,” said Vagabon’s Lætitia Tamko. “The decision to have Courtney sing it with me came after we performed it together live at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day 2020, a month before lockdown. It was fresh in our brains then so not long after the show, CB came over and we recorded her parts. Oliver Hill plays slide guitar on it.

Courtney Barnett added “I’m a huge fan of Vagabon and Karen Dalton so this was a dream. They both have a voice that absolutely knocks the wind out of me. I really admire Laetitia and am constantly inspired by her songwriting, production, and our sporadic FaceTime chats.

Additionally, Vagabon has announced a livestream on January 29 at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. Tickets are available now at

Greg Kinne
Greg Kinne
Greg started Culture Fiend as a way to discuss the many facets of pop culture. Greg usually surrounds himself with Star Wars action figures, Legos and a healthy supply of interesting films and unusual records.


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