Brooklyn indie rocker Joseph Arthur has laid down a cover of Neil Young‘s 1989 rock anthem, “Rockin’ in the Free World” for charity. As part of the same Cool for School, album that gave us Bright Eyes covering the White Stripes, Arthur takes the song from its status as a rousing show-closer to sounding more like Neil in his electronica Trans phase.
Most bands touring their first album find themselves in the role of supporting act with barely enough time to squeeze in the songs from their debut. Not the case when your band consists of Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison (George’s son) and Joseph Arthur. Trio Fistful of Mercy released As I Call You Down last October, following it up with brief – okay, very brief – North American and European headlining tours.