Ever since its 1971 release, the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” has proven a consistent favorite for musicians to cover. Everyone from Natasha Bedingfield to the Sundays have tried their hand at the beautiful tune, but most attempts add a bit too much treacle to the country-folk. California singer-songwriter J. Irvin Dally, formerly of the Sacramento band Brother, takes the song in a refreshingly different direction. His unique voice suits the simple lyrics of Mick and the gang, but infuses a jazz sensibility into the song.
Dally, who classifies himself as a “folk troubadour,” made a wise song choice; “Wild Horses” is a song purely about roaming through life, not being held back by anything. Dally’s voice is soothing, but delve deeper and there’s something else behind the words. The cover proves that Dally is a force to reckon with, a man who sings about a nomadic lifestyle and actually sounds like he lives it. Dally and his hopeful melancholy are worth keeping an eye on.
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