It’s not often that an artist will cover a song and also provide a convenient way for the listener to hear the original, but Bill Callahan has done just that. On a new single released via Drag City, Callahan covered Micky Newbury’s “Heaven Help The Child,” which is the B-side, and Newbury’s original is the A-side. And in addition to the cover, Callahan has released a video to accompany the cover.
Newbury was a critically acclaimed country musician, often considered an outlaw from the outlaw country genre, and would eventually have numerous artists cover many of his songs. Callahan, with country flare of his own, delivers a somber performance, with a little bit more drawl than the original.
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