Ben Folds covers Elliott Smith

Ben Folds covers Elliott Smith

Ben Folds was in Chicago for three sold-out shows at the Vic, and he made some time to stop by The A.V. Club and cover Elliott Smith's "Say Yes" for us. Folds has a history with Smith: They did a brief tour together, both opening for Beck, and Folds told us that he'd sheepishly knock on Smith's door before the show to request "Alameda." Folds paid tribute to Smith on 2005's Songs For Silverman, with a song called "Late," and here he does so again, playing a piano-fied version of one of Smith's greatest songs, "Say Yes."