Oct 012018
best cover songs september
Al Green – Before the Next Teardrop Falls (Freddy Fender cover)

Sorry, Beyoncé; the biggest surprise release of the year might be Al Green’s sudden return after a decade away. Well, not totally away; he still conducts weekly services at his Memphis church and, when I attended, was liberally sprinkling quotes from “Love and Happiness” and “Take Me to the River” into his sermons. Best of all: This Freddy Fender cover sounds like Al hasn’t lost a step. It’s apparently a one-off, but hopefully recording it will whet his appetite to do more. Continue reading »

May 212018

In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.

frightened rabbit covers

As a musician that avidly records cover songs, I often think about what draws me to putting my stamp on a particular song.

In the thirty years I’ve been playing covers, I find myself drawn to music that could be described as “emotional” without always fitting neatly into a genre box. I connect with a song’s content craft enough to try to reinvent it from the inside out. I am always drawn to songs of love lost, forlorn, or unrequited. The “breakup” song itself is something I immediately can empathize with, which is why a lot of my covers fall under the category of “ballad,” for better or worse.

Now one of my favorite writers of such songs has left us, and it’s really hit me hard. Having first seen Frightened Rabbit live in an intimate setting in Chicago after the release of The Midnight Organ Fight about a decade ago, lead singer Scott Hutchison was one of those frontmen that I immediately identified with. Continue reading »

Jun 122013

Frightened Rabbit has this uncanny ability to turn even the most upbeat and poppy of songs into something deep and morose. For example, when the Scottish band stopped by the triple j studio for “Like A Version,” they took Best Coast‘s love ode to California, “The Only Place,” and somehow managed to make it seem like California is mostly cloudy and dark. Continue reading »

May 012013

Frightened Rabbit is no stranger to the AV Club’s Undercover series. Back in 2010, the Scottish band covered the Lemonheads “Confetti” in a very Scottish manner. This year, they ALMOST covered Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” but backed out and opted for Cheap Trick‘s classic “Surrender.” Continue reading »

Jan 112012

Scottish folk-rock band Frightened Rabbit have appeared on Cover Me multiple times, covering everyone from Springsteen to Death Cab, but rarely do we get to post about someone covering a Frightened Rabbit song. Denver-based singer-songwriter John Statz’ fifth studio release, Old Fashioned, is due out on January 24th. On Monday, folk covers website Cover Lay Down premiered the only non-original song on the album, FR’s “Old Old Fashioned.” Continue reading »

Sep 022011

Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Goin’ Down” is on pace to become one of the most covered tracks in his catalog, amassing quite a number of versions from high-profile artists like Spoon, Florence Welch, and Vampire Weekend. The latest take comes from a collaboration between two Scottish indie musicians, Frightened Rabbit‘s Scott Hutchison and Meursault’s Neil Pennycook. During their acoustic session for Location Music TV, the duo also covered a track from fellow Scot Dan Willson, better known as folk act Withered Hand. Continue reading »