This was the first year that the free, three-day music festival Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was without it’s founder Warren Hellman. Warren passed late last year and left a San Francisco tradition that is being faithfully carried out by an army of music lovers, bigger and better than ever. This year’s festival in Golden Gate Park featured 6 stages, a crowd of 600,000 and 88 acts with a variety of artists like Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, The Lumineers, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Conor Oberst, The Civil Wars, Son Volt, Ralph Stanley, Nick Lowe and many more. Check out a handful of the many covers from the weekend below!
After his collaboration with Insane Clown Posse, nothing Jack White does will surprise us. Even his latest venture, a series of Third Man Records singles with actor John C. Reilly makes more sense than that ICP nonsense. After all, Reilly sang in both Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Chicago, even earning an Academy Award nomination for the latter. White produced a few new country covers by the actor, including a cover of Ray Price’s 1954 country hit “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me).”
Every Christmas season brings us a litany of competing versions of the same tunes. This year, though, comedic actors seem to battling it out as much as would-be Tony Bennetts. Last week we LOLed at Jack Black and Jason Segel’s bombastic arena rock version of the Bing Crosby and David Bowie duet “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth.” This week, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly threw their hat into the ring with their own version of the holiday classic.