Dec 172018
 
best cover songs of 2018

Two things strike me as I scan through our list this year. This first is that many of the highest-ranking covers are tributes to recently-deceased icons. No surprise there, I suppose. But none actually pay tribute to artists that died in 2018. They honor those we’ve been honoring for two or three years now – your Pettys, your Princes, your Bowies. Hundreds of covers of each of these legends appeared in the first days after their deaths, but many of the best posthumous covers took longer to emerge.

Good covers take time. That principle – the cover-song equivalent of the slow food movement, perhaps – holds true throughout the list. Sure, a few here appear to have arisen from sudden moments of brilliance, flash-arranged for some concert or radio promo session. But many more reveal months or even years of painstaking work to nail every element. Making someone else’s song one’s own isn’t easy. These 50 covers took the time to get it right.

– Ray Padgett, Editor-in-Chief

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Apr 302018
 
best cover songs april

April was the best month for covers of the year so far. There’s no particular reason for that, I suspect. These things just ebb and flow. But the fact remains that it was a proverbial embarrassment of riches, as the length of the list below confirms.

As always, there’s no quality difference between the main picks and the honorable mentions; a cover’s categorization is only determined by how much I had to say about it. Continue reading »

Feb 282018
 
best cover songs february

Today we continue the tradition we started way back one month ago. Since we’re still new at this, I’ll reiterate that our picks are unranked and semi-impulsive. Even the un-blurbed “Honorable Mentions” at the bottom aren’t necessarily worse than the rest; in many cases, we’ve just already written about them at length and have little else to say.

Okay, disclaimers behind us, let’s dive in. Continue reading »

Nov 022016
 
DeltaRae

If you didn’t see the recent Broadway musical Bright Star, you probably don’t know Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) and Edie Brickell’s new “Asheville.” The pair set their musical in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1940s, using the area’s bluegrass music as its inspiration. Though Martin is best known for his comedy, for some time now he has been a more than credible banjo player, even recording no-joke bluegrass albums with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Earl Scruggs, plus several now with Brickell. Continue reading »

Apr 272011
 

You don’t hear much from Edie Brickell these days. Perceived mostly as a one-hit (or album) wonder, her 1988 album Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars with band The New Bohemians went double platinum, but she’s only released a few low-profile albums since. Her 1992 marriage to Paul Simon probably took the pressure to perform off as well. Continue reading »