Pete Yorn plays an acoustic set in The Current studio

Pete Yorn and Jackson Phillips perform an acoustic version of 'Calm Down' from Yorn's 2019 album, 'Caretakers,' live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Pete Yorn - Calm Down (Live at The Current) 02:49
  • Pete Yorn - I Wanna Be The One (Live at The Current) 03:32
  • Pete Yorn - Life On A Chain (Live at The Current) 03:49

For his latest album, Caretakers, Pete Yorn says he took a kind of throwback approach by meeting a new collaborator by chance. "I stumbled onto a really talented person," Yorn explains. "This Jackson Phillips right here."

With a show that night at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Yorn and Phillips visited The Current studio for an acoustic session hosted by Bill DeVille.

Yorn recalls he and Phillips initially met at a birthday party and reconnected four months later. "We just kind of hit it off," Yorn explains. "I went over to his house out in Silver Lake, California, and we just talked about making some music. Very low key. I hadn't planned on making a record … We just started recording songs very naturally.

"It was a good flow with Jackson right off the bat," Yorn continues. "He's very easy to work with."

During the session, Yorn and Phillips play a couple songs from the new album, as well as a track from Yorn's debut, Musicforthemorningafter. Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session.

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"Calm Down"
"I Wanna Be The One"
"Life on a Chain"
The first two songs are from Pete Yorn's 2019 album, Caretakers, released on Shelly Music; song three is from Yorn's 2001 release, Musicforthemorningafter, available on Columbia Records.

Hosted by Bill DeVille
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web production by Luke Taylor

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Pete Yorn - official site

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  • Pete Yorn performs in The Current studio
    Pete Yorn, accompanied by Jackson Phillips, performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Pete Yorn performs in The Current studio
    Pete Yorn performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Pete Yorn performs in The Current studio
    Jackson Phillips and Pete Yorn performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Pete Yorn performs in The Current studio
    Jackson Phillips and Pete Yorn, who collaborated on Yorn's latest album, 'Caretakers,' perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Pete Yorn performs in The Current studio
    Jackson Phillips wears comfy Nikes while performing with Pete Yorn in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Pete Yorn performs in The Current studio
    Pete Yorn performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Pete Yorn, 'Caretakers'
    Pete Yorn, 'Caretakers' (Shelly Music)