Akron-based duo The Black Keys are going back to their roots in 2024. After more than 20 years in the business and a lifetime of friendship, they will release their new album Ohio Players in April, and a documentary on their work together will also be released this year. Their latest single from the album is a cover of the William Bell classic “I Forgot to be Your Lover.”
Peripatetic guitar legend John Scofield describes himself as a “Road Dog”, someone who spends his life on the road, figuratively playing concerts all over the world and metaphorically moving between genres. In the 2022 documentary Inside Scofield he noted that he loved being close to New York City, so a short trip from his home to record for the Stephen Colbert’s Late Show with Louis Cato’s house band would not be a chore. Their rendition of “I Don’t Need No Doctor” is a testament to Scofield’s long love of Ray Charles’ music.
Synthwave artist Robert Alfons is continuing on his journey with his TR/ST project. With a new record deal in the bag he has released a new EP for the New Year, and he is joined by Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters for their take on the Pet Shop Boys’ classic “Being Boring.”
Musical soulmates Royel Maddell and Otis Pavlovic found each other in 2019 and have been creating guitar pop ever since. Their debut album is due in February 2024, with a tour to support. For the ever-inventive Triple J cover slot on ABC they covered Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s 2001 hit “Murder on the Dancefloor,” currently riding high following its memorable appearance in Saltburn.
Huey Lewis has been buddies with South Bend jam band staples Umphrey’s McGee for many years, and their relationship has now yielded a collaborative cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” Poignantly, this could be the last recorded work from Lewis, who is now suffering from hearing loss due to Meniere’s Disease.
When iral pop singer Remi Wolf was down opening for Paramore at the end of the year, she took the chance to take part in the legendary Like A Version covers spot on Triple J, leading with her version of The Zutons’ “Valerie.” The song was written as a tribute to Valerie Star, a Florida makeup artist that Zutons frontman Dave McCabe was dating. Legal woes stopped her from moving to his Liverpool home, but her positive brand of chaos was one that he continued to love. When covered by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson it became a ska-infused celebration of female companionship and one of the most popular cover songs of the 21st Century. Everyone wants a Valerie at their party, and the song itself can catalyze the process.