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.
Mojo celebrated Leonard Cohen’s new album Old Friends with a disc called The Songs of Leonard Cohen Covered, which features multiple artists covering Cohen’s 1967 debut album The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Aside from this, a tribute series called Old Ideas with New Friends is being assembled by Columbia Records. It features multiple indie acts covering various Cohen songs, which you can listen to here.
Waylon Jennings is referred to as the original outlaw-country artist. He owes much of that to the song “Ladies Love Outlaws” which became a hit for him in 1972. The man who wrote that song, Lee Clayton, also went on to pen the laid back tune “If You Could Touch Her at All,” recorded on Jenning’s 1974 album This Time. The track was produced by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy and features The Crickets, Buddy Holly’s backing band, as musicians and vocalists.
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• When L.A. punk band the Bronx formed side project Mariachi El Bronx, many assumed it was a gag. Two albums into their new mariachi-band career, they clearly aren’t joking. Their new Roy Orbison cover shows some serious Mexicali chops (though we still want to hear what a punk-Bronx cover of this would sound like).
MP3: Mariachi El Bronx – Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison cover)