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.

Check out more Futurebirds at their website or MySpace.

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  1. claude says:

    It’s seems like it’s a cover of Wild Heart inspired by this Stevie Nicks video caught during a photoshoot for Rolling Stone rather than the album version.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPEhIoKeTg0&feature=related

  2. JS says:

    I think you’re right, Claude. And it’s pretty great, too — I just bought it (as well as the Isaak). Nice job Futurebirds!

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