‘King of the mandolin’, Sam Bush, is an annual performer and part of the house band at Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He has been performing for a majority of the 40 years since the festival started and always brings something new. This year during his Sam Bush Band set on Saturday, he invited Ben Kaufman of Yonder Mountain String Band, bassist extraordinaire Edgar Meyer, banjo master Bela Fleck and more for a surprising set closer.
Cover News is a weekly feature keeping you up to date on the goings-on in the world of cover tunes, tribute albums, etc. Plus, at the bottom we post the array of cover tunes we’ve been sent in the past week. Have you recorded a cool cover? Send an mp3 to the email address on the right and we’ll post it!
New Facebook Discussion: Favorite Elvis Cover. [Facebook]
In honor of the King’s birthday, indie-dance troubadour Lightspeed Champion covers Presley’s “Devil in Disguise.” The song’s pretty good, but the video may be the greatest thing you’ll see all year. [NME]
The New Years Eve covers keep rolling in. Up first: Amanda Palmer’s devastating “Hurt” with the Boston Pops. [YouTube]
Chicago favorites Local H started 2010 with seven space-themed covers tackling everyone from Daft Punk to KISS. [Archive.org]
Heading to Vancouver in February? Skip the Olympics and check out a Neil Young tribute concert featuring Lou Reed, Broken Social Scene, Mark Kozelek and more. [Exclaim]
The new movie Old Dogs (by the same visionaries who brought you Wild Hogs) features John Travolta covering Bobby Brown. No way that’ll be bad! [YouTube]
A lot can be said about Nick Jonas’ new band, but one thing’s for sure: they’re better than the JoBros. At the first show of their new tour they slammed out some Michael Jackson. [Ace Showbiz]
The ever-productive folks at CLLCT have put together a new tribute album to Jonathan Richman for your downloading pleasure. Worth it for the name alone. [CLLCT]
Emo screamers Thrice go all mellow on a gospel-tinged Tom Waits cover. [Daytrotter]
Journeyman musician Jack White’s latest project: Producing Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson in covers of Amy Winehouse and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. [Rolling Stone]
Willie Nelson’s latest album features covers of songs from the 1920s through ‘60s, including the country classic “Dark As a Dungeon.” [Willie Nelson]
Nada Surf’s churning out a covers record too, tackling slightly more modern tunes from Kate Bush to the Moody Blues. There’s already a demo of their take on Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” streaming on their MySpace. [MySpace]
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