Fender Re-Creation: Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Performs ‘Impossible Germany’
The alt-rock legend offers a stripped-down performance of a Wilco classic with the American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster
By Mike Duffy
As frontman of the band Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has helped shape the sound of what we hear on alternative radio today, drawing inspiration from various genres, including rock, country, jazz and pop throughout a critically acclaimed and decorated career.
And with 11 Wilco albums creating a stylistically rounded catalog, Tweedy certainly has a wealth of songs from which to choose when sitting down for the new Fender series, Re-Creation.
As such, the track Tweedy highlights while playing the American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster ends up being “Impossible Germany,” which is a perfect way to showcase the shape-shifting capabilities of this groundbreaking instrument.
Coming off Wilco’s 2007 album, Sky Blue Sky (which was the band’s first with guitarist Nels Cline), “Impossible Germany” is a laid-back jam that builds into a two-guitar attack calling to mind 1970s NYC alt-rock gods Television.
When Tweedy plays it on his American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster, “Impossible Germany” takes on an entirely new feel. It’s just Tweedy, the two-time Grammy Award winner, and a guitar in the studio, which allows his delicate fretwork and unmistakable voice shine through without any additional accompaniment.
The result is a stunning rendition of what was already a classic, made real through the player-friendly features and unlimited possibilities of the American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster.
Watch Tweedy’s lush version of “Impossible Germany” on the American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster in the video above.