“Zombie” Jay Brannan (The Cranberries)

Posted on February 10, 2011

From an artist that I will definitely be learning more bout, here’s a minimalist Cranberries cover. Learn more about Jay at www.jaybrannan.com or find him on Facebook.

He’s put out an album of covers and also has a great body of original work, which you can find on iTunes.

“Hazy Shade of Winter” Salim (Simon & Garfunkel)

Posted on December 28, 2009

Open Mic Monday!

Here’s Salim of Kenya with a cover of Simon & Garfunkel or the Bangles, depending on your age. I love this because there are animals making noise around the microphone while the man sings and plays. Cool guitar too.

“Fortunate Son” Todd Snider (Creedance Clearwater Revival)

Posted on September 24, 2009

Todd Snider is a great songwriter. Period. Up there with Tom T Hall, Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman. It all starts with being a great story teller. That’s evident on all of his albums. His sense of humor is great too as you’ll find out when he introduces his set or tunes his strings. of But he can also do a great cover. This is just what a great cover is all about. Here’s Todd with “Fortunate Son” from Creedence Clearwater Revival.

“I’m On Fire” Bat for Lashes (Bruce Springsteen)

Posted on September 16, 2009

Today I realized I had slacked on posting an amateur tune for Monday. Sorry about that. In other news….

Here’s a beautiful slow-core dirge-y version of the Boss’ “I’m On Fire” by Bats for Lashes, which is the musical work of some Brit art house genius named Natasha Khan. I love this song, love Bruce Springsteen and am flirting with this rendition.

“To Love Somebody” Flying Burrito Brothers (The Bee Gees)

Posted on August 28, 2009

It’s something that I hate to admit, but the Bee Gees could actually put together dang good lyrics and melodies. Their arrangements are just atrocious in my opinion. But I digress. The fictionalized “Grand Theft Parsons” was on IFC the other night. When Gram Parsons, pioneer of country rock, died, his road manager Phil Kaufmann stole the body from LAX, drove it to Joshua Tree and set it ablaze to honor his dead friend’s wishes. Phil turned himself in afterwards but was only fined for stealing a coffin – not for stealing the body or burning it in the desert. I guess there wasn’t a law on the books for that. Now that is rock’n'roll. Here’s Gram and the Flying Burrito Brothers Band covering “To Love Somebody.”

“Abraham, Martin and John” by Bon Jovi (Dion)

Posted on August 26, 2009

Here’s a song you’d never expect to hear from John Bon Jovi, a reverential treatment of the Dick Holler tune made famous by Dion in 1968. This was released in response to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

More on Dion and artists who have covered his music…

http://www.secondhandsongs.com/artist/1138