Under Cover Part II

Posted: May 27, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

Due to the the overwhelming response (and by overwhelming I mean I received 2 “likes” on Facebook) to my last story on my favorite cover songs I have decided to post another batch of cover songs for your listening pleasure.  Once again I will be posting some of my favorite cover songs without subjecting you to the same cover songs we have all heard a million times.  I am pretty sure you don’t need to listen to the Hendrix version of “All Along the Watchtower”  or The Black Crowes version of “Hard to Handle” again, and if you do you need to be on another website anyway.

Drive by Truckers – Mama Bake a Pie (Daddy Kill a Chicken)

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs by this band.  The original song was originally done by Tom T. Hall.  It is an incredibly well written song about a veteran who returns to the United States after losing his legs at war. When Patterson Hood sings the line “Since I won’t be walking I suppose I’ll save some money buying shoes” I was hooked. I am convinced there is no way you will be able to only listen to this song once.  This is one of the greatest story telling songs I have ever heard.

Ray Lamontagne & Damien Rice – To Love Somebody

There are a few facts in life.  Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.  Jerry Rice is the greatest receiver of all time, Wayne Gretzky is the greatest hockey player of all time, and “To Love Somebody’ is the best song the Bee Gees ever recorded.  I have listened to this song thousands of times by the Bee Gees and several other bands and it never gets old.  This version by Damien Rice and Ray Lamontagne is my favorite version of the song.  I believe it was filmed on some European TV show a few years back and it is fantastic.  Give it a listen and try and tell me you do not love this song.

Linda Ronstadt – Willin’

I could do a list of just bands covering this song.  I think you have to record a version of this Little Feat classic if you make more than 2 albums.  I love every single version of this song I have heard, and there are plenty to choose from.  Other than the original I think this is my favorite version.  It is from the album “Heart Like a Wheel”.  If you only own one of Linda Ronstadt’s albums make it this one.

Counting Crows – This Land Is Your Land

I found this song a few years ago when the band released the deluxe version of their first album “August and Everything After”.  The version on the album is an acoustic demo and it is really great.  I think has become cool to bash this band over the past few years but I still like them and their version of this song is one of the best versions I have heard over the years.

Dixie Chicks – Truth #2 

Patty Griffin made an album in 2000 that ended up getting shelved for 13 years for unknown reasons.  That album was called “Silver Bell” and on that album there is a song called “Truth #2”.  You might have heard that song as far back as 2002 when the Dixie Chicks released it on their album “Home”.  It is my favorite Dixie Chicks song and I had no idea it was a cover for several years. I never even heard the original version until 2013 when “Silver Bell” was finally released.  Both versions are great but I will always like the Dixie Chicks version a little more than the original.  Check out a pretty cool live version of the song.

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