Ray Padgett

Ray Padgett founded the blog Cover Me in 2007 and has run it ever since, growing it into the largest blog devoted to cover songs on the web. His music writing has appeared in the New Yorker, SPIN, MTV, Vice, Mojo, and more and he’s been interviewed as an expert on cover songs by NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and SiriusXM. He lives in New York City and also works as a senior music publicist for Shore Fire Media. His book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time is out now. Buy it at Amazon. Email him at rfpadgett @ gmail.

Jan 282020
 
rodrigo y gabriela megdeth

Rodrigo y Gabriela topped our Best Cover Songs of 2019 list with a truly epic version of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes,” and the Mexican flamenco-metal duo have already returned. Their new Mettal EP includes covers of Metallica’s “Battery” (listen here), Slayer’s “Seasons in the Abyss,”: and, in a new single just posted, Megadeth’s “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.” Continue reading »

Jan 202020
 
kid moxie

Kid Moxie’s upcoming score for indie film Not To Be Unpleasant, But We Need To Have a Serious Talk is, as film scores typically are, mostly instrumental. But it closes with a surprising cover, as Kid Moxie aka. Elena Charbila tackles Alphaville’s ’80s synth-pop classic “Big in Japan.” Her cover keeps it synthy, but adds a wistful dreampop sheen that gives it a darker undercurrent. No surprise if it sounds vaguely Twin Peak-sy; she’s worked with David Lynch and his longtime composer Angelo Badalamenti (on a new version of Blue Velvet’s “Mysteries of Love”). Continue reading »

Jan 172020
 

“Covering the Hits” looks at covers of a randomly-selected #1 hit from the past sixty-odd years.

black and white covers

Unlike most #1 hits we’ve covered so far, Three Dog Night’s 1972 chart-topper “Black and White” is itself a cover. The song, written by Earl Robinson and David Arkin (Alan Arkin’s father), was first recorded by Pete Seeger in 1956. Even in Three Dog Night’s marginally more rockin’ arrangement, it still sounds like a Seeger song, and not exactly a top-tier Seeger song at that. “A child is black, a child is white / A whole world looks upon the sight” sounds like folk music’s “Ebony and Ivory.” The fact that Three Dog Night took this well-meaning trifle to number one shows just how high the band was riding after the previous year’s “Joy to the World.” Continue reading »

Jan 172020
 

Dom Thomas is perhaps best known for his other gig, as founder of acclaimed reissue label Finders Keepers. So no surprise that the songs he selected for his band Whyte Horses’ new covers album dig deep. With a shifting group of collaborators, he covers some real cratedigger picks by groups like Belgian music polymath Plastic Bertrand (“Ca̧ Plane Pour Moi”) and Long Island twin soft-rockers Alessi Brothers (“Seabird”). Continue reading »

Jan 092020
 

As some of you know, Cover Me pays the bills – and our writers – through the support of readers via the Patreon platform. After a great launch there last year, new sign-ups have tapered off a bit, so we’re offering a special deal this month: Any new patron at any level will be entered to win a signed, personalized copy of the ‘Cover Me’ book.

That’s in addition to all the usual exclusive rewards: Playlists, downloads, newsletters, our private Facebook group, etc. And the knowledge that you’re helping support an independent blog that’s given you 12 years and counting of free cover content.

Please consider supporting Cover Me for as little as $1/month. If you’ve never used Patreon, it’s super easy to sign up, and a great platform for supporting creators directly!

Here’s the link: https://patreon.com/coverme

Thanks!

Jan 082020
 
sondre lerche britney

At the end of every year, Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche covers one of the past 12 month’s biggest hits. In the past he’s tackled Ariana Grande, Drake, and Beyoncé (that one made our recent Best Beyoncé Covers Ever countdown). For the project’s tenth year, though, he pulled a twist, covering not one song but three – and not entirely new songs either. Continue reading »