Singer-songwriter Laura Marling uses some of the same tools as Bob Dylan in her music: a knack for complex storytelling and acoustic guitar playing that rarely distracts from the vocals. But in her new cover of Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” featured on the show Peaky Blinders, the differences between the two artists become immediately clear.
Contemporary English folk artist Laura Marling is fresh coming off the first leg of her tour as support for Andrew Bird. She just played Coachella and has added additional U.S. West coast dates to her tour. Marling is on the road performing tracks from her latest release A Creature I Don’t Know, a bit of a heavier and more personal album then her previous. Back in the Fall of 2010, we enjoyed Marling’s work with Jack White covering Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done”.
Jack White knows how to keep busy. In the last 3 years he has released 5 albums with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather and toured with all 3 bands—including a monumental run through every province and territory of Canada. He produced albums by his wife, Karen Elson, and rockabilly goddess Wanda Jackson, in addition to writing and recording the theme for the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. To top it all off, he runs his own record label, Third Man Records, and yet still managed to find time to surface with an appearance as the first musical guest on Conan O’Brien’s new show. Feeling inadequate yet?
For the latest release in Third Man’s Blue Series of limited edition 7-inch singles, White produced U.K. indie-folk ingénue Laura Marling. Marling, who at the ripe old age of 20 has two Mercury Prize-nominated albums to her name, covers Jackson C. Frank’s “Blues Run the Game”—a track most associated with Simon and Garfunkel—and Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done.” She sings with wisdom well beyond her years, and White complements her performances with superbly intimate production. Check them out below.