Jan 142011

The press spilled a lot of ink on Amy Winehouse last week when she returned for an amazing-by-her-standards concert. A single night of standing upright reignited the fading hopes of press and public alike. Call it the Parable of the Prodigal Soul Singer though, because Adele has been giving solid performances all along with only a fraction of the acclaim afforded Winehouse last week.

Her latest continues the consistency so often taken for granted. Current single “Rolling in the Deep” is a typical gospel soul knockout, but b-side “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” strips things uncharacteristically far back. Even with only acoustic guitar and walking bass backing that huge voice, it comes off surprisingly funky. The song originally appeared on the SteelDrivers’ 2008 self-titled debut. Adele finds a nice balance between their country swing and her soul strut. Listen below.

Adele – If It Hadn’t Been for Love (The SteelDrivers Cover)

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  4 Responses to “Adele Unearths Country-Soul Gem”

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  1. Great cover!

  2. Ditto-Great version of this song – dripping w/ soul & edge. However, the song was first cut by Darryl Worley on his 2004 CD – Darryl Worley. Written by Chris Stapleton & Mike Henderson.

  3. This is the most hauntingly soulful musician that has come around in years. She sings from her heart and you can feel her deeply in your spirit. Way to go Adele, keep up the bluesy singing you have a great gift to express feelings through your music. You make me sing!!!

  4. You have a wonderful voice! speaks right from the soul.

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