Shania Twain wrote “You’re Still the One,” the biggest hit yet of her career, about her then-husband/producer Robert “Mutt” Lange. (They divorced many years later, so it just goes to show you that even a massive pop hit can’t guarantee success in marriage.) Lange being Lange, the original song has tons of instruments and backing vocals (including Lange’s) on it. It’s a typical ’90s country pop ballad with a little too much shine and sparkle for the simplicity of the message.
We last met former Driftwood Singers singer-songwriter Christian Lee Hutson on the Saving for a Custom Van tribute Adam Schlesinger tribute. Hutson is an indie folk singer with three LPs and three EPs under his belt. For his cover of “You’re Still the One” he’s joined by Australian singer Julia Jacklin, a regular here at Cover Me.
From the beginning, Hutson plays it more restrained; there is only a ringing guitar or two, Hutson’s double-tracked vocal, and drums. Jacklin joins him on backing vocals for the chorus, as does what sounds like a marimba. (An interesting choice to be sure.) For the second verse, Jacklin takes the lead, turning it into a proper duet.
It’s a nice, restrained take on one of Shania’s best songs. Check it out below: