Brooklyn roots-rockers The Morning Pages illustrate just how far a Macbook with iLife and a YouTube channel will get you in this world. Catchy country-rock groove that I would actually listen to on the way to work.
Jamey Johnson is hereby forgiven for co-writing “Honky Tonk Badonka Donk.” Of course, if push came to shove, he wouldn’t even have to do this awesome cover for me to forgive him. He’s old-school country and I dig it.
Yeah, I did the Corrs. Three beautiful Irish sisters who can sing pop songs while playing traditional instruments. Sorry, can’t forget the brother is OK too. Ryan Adams puts out so much material. One hopes that covers by the likes of Tim McGraw and these children of Ireland help turn people on to the rest of his catalog. Just stay away from “Jacksonville City Lights” unless you want to be really depressed.
Primus probably has the best known cover of this swamp rock classic. But Dale Watson, who is trying his best to keep real country alive and well, does a good job. In fact, this wasn’t part of his set. A fan screamed it out and he obliged.
I posted this because it is about killin’ gators. Roll Tide tomorrow y’all!
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.
Indie/alternative rock supergroup (really?) The Thorns consisted of Matthew Sweet, Peter Droge and Shawn Mullins. They recorded one album to my knowledge around 2003. Here they are with a Jayhawks number. For my wife who says the Jayhawks version is better, even though we are both fans of Matthew Sweet & Co.
Interesting story to this song. People like to say that Bob Dylan wrote it but that’s only half true. He wrote the chorus for the western movie “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” and left it incomplete. Ketch Secor from Old Crow Medicine Show wrote verses to go with Dylan’s choruses and the rest is southern liberal arts school sorority chick history.
Here’s some band called Southern Drive on the campus at Southern Methodist University doing a superb cover, making it their own. Good job y’all. This is the perfect first entry for Open Mic Mondays.