Oct 042021
 
cover '90s country

According to Spotify, ‘90s-era country music has been enjoying a resurgence among fans young fans. Since 2018, streams of the platform’s ‘90s Country playlist have gone up 150%, with a 70% increase among Gen-Z listeners (i.e. people born between the late ‘90s and early 2010s). To them, the music of the ‘90s is a product of a by-gone era.

To celebrate (or capitalize) on this trend, the Spotify Singles series released covers of three of the biggest country hits from the decade, all recorded by artists who were born in the ‘90s. Separately, an American Idol alum released her own cover of a track from the era on Instagram. Here’s a breakdown of the four covers, boots and spurs not included: Continue reading »

Aug 172021
 
Christian Lee Hutson

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:

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Check out the best covers of past months here.

best cover songs july 2020
The Band Of Heathens ft. Margo Price – Joy (Lucinda Williams cover)

Promoting her new album That’s How Rumors Get Started, Margo Price has been on a great covers kick. She recently tackled a political country classic at the Grand Ole Opry, Bob Dylan on CBS, and John Lennon from her house. Now she’s teamed up with Band of Heathens to cover a Lucinda Williams classic. To quote Lucinda on Instagram, “Get to Slidell, girl!!” Continue reading »