Saturday, January 28, 2006

Three covers I heard and thought, "I like that"

"Thunder Road" (Bruce Springsteen) - Tortoise and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy off The Brave and The Bold (always loved the line 'You ain't a beauty/But, hey, you're alright/Oh, and that's alright with me')

"The Best of All Possible Worlds" (Kris Kristofferson) - Eddie Spaghetti off The Sauce

"Ride Me Down Easy" (Billy Joe Shaver) - Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis off Compadre


**Bonus Non-Cover

"Waco Moon" - Todd Snider

This song appears on same album as "Ride Me Down Easy." Billy Joe Shaver's longtime guitarist, Eddy, was also his son. Eddy overdosed on New Year's Eve 2000. This song's about him, the overdose, and it ends with a few poignant lines from Shaver's "I'm Just An Old Lump Of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)."


At 3:20 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

I still remember, Triple J, the morning at work you were reading the news and your e-mail and came across the story about Eddy Shaver and announced it. Everybody responded with blank stares but [Music Editor] Don, who expressed sorrow. As I recall everybody else just mumbled that they'd never heard of Eddy before. You were bothered that was the best reaction the editorial staff could summon up.

I mention this for no particular reason other than that is what I remember about Eddy Shaver's death.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

have you heard that cover of "Daniel" ?? its nuts!

At 9:29 AM, Blogger TripleJ said...

Funny that was another track that caught my attention.

Seems like the track I've warmed to most on the album is the somewhat straight ahead cover of Don Williams' "Pancho." Which is an odd track (thanks to the lyrics) no matter how it is interpreted.

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At 4:14 PM, Blogger The Wife Who Knows said...

Best line in Thunder Road: "This is a town for the losers/I'm pulling out of here to win."

Best Springsteen cover ever: Tom Russell singing "Don't Shut Out The Lights" on a limited edition CD of outtakes issued a few years back to cover web hosting costs.

Love your blog.



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