Brandi Carlile and Rufus Wainwright got together virtually for an eTown collaboration, shared on Tuesday. The pair’s recording of Sandy Denny‘s “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” took place across several states, with Carlile in her native Seattle, Wainright and his band in Los Angeles, and eTown host Nick Forster in the network’s Boulder, CO studio.
While Denny may not be a household name, the English singer-songwriter has proven to be a folksinger’s folksinger over four decades after her death. Denny recorded “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” in 1967, only to have Judy Collins cover the song the following year as the title track for her LP. She can also be heard singing a duet with Robert Plant in “The Battle Of Evermore” on Led Zeppelin IV.
In the first installment of the eTown Quarantine Sessions, these collaborators make good on the disconnected nature of quarantine with this cross-country collaboration. Yet—like the consummate professionals, they are—Carlile, Wainwright, Forster, and company eloquently assemble the song like they are standing right beside one another.
Carlile takes on the song’s first verse and eventually passes the baton to Wainwright, before the two team up to bring the cover home. Meanwhile, Wainwright’s backing band in Los Angeles—joined virtually by Forster contributing mandolin and Weissenborn from Boulder—lay down the foundation that allows the two vocalists to soar to dizzying heights.
Watch Brandi Carlile and Rufus Wainwright cover Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” in the first installment of the eTown Quarantine Sessions.
Brandi Carlile, Rufus Wainwright – “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” (Sandy Denny)