Roots-rocking sextet Futurebirds just finished a tour with Drive-By Truckers in January and will embark on a second in June. The two bands have more in common than a tour bus though; both hail from Athens, Georgia and feature a large, guitar-driven sound that owes more than a little to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Futurebirds, though, blend more ear-pleasing pop into the rumbling guitars than their Georgian brethren. Thus it seems appropriate that, while the Truckers covered rhythm-and-blues pioneer Eddie Hinton twice on their new album, Futurebirds cover pop stars Chris Isaak and Stevie Nicks on theirs.
That crazy-distorted guitar burbling just underneath the surface of “Wicked Games” pushes this cover over the top. The second tune, Stevie Nicks’ “Wild Heart,” feature an all-hands-on-deck singalong that all but drowns out the banjos strumming underneath. Check out both below, then buy the full Via Flamina EP at Bandcamp.