Brandi Carlile – If It Makes You Happy (Sheryl Crow cover)
This month, Austin City Limits held its eighth annual ACL Hall of Fame ceremony. The inductees were Joe Ely and Sheryl Crow. The latter was covered by, among others, Brandi Carlile, who also delivered Crow’s induction speech. It will surprise no one who’s ever seen Carlile perform on an award show before that she crushes it. (Find another Crow cover from the ceremony, by Jason Isbell, in the Best of the Rest below.)Continue reading »
Follow all our Best of 2017 coverage (along with previous year-end lists) here.
Year-end lists are a time to look back. That’s something we’ve been doing a lot of this year.
See, we turned ten years old in 2017 – practically ancient in internet-blog terms – so we’ve indulged in what we feel is well-earned nostalgia. At the beginning of the year, each of our writers picked the ten most important covers in their life (see them here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here). We even listed the ten most important covers in Cover Me‘s life, from the song that inspired the site to our very first Best of the Year winner.
Then, to cap things off, in October we commissioned a 25-track tribute to the cover song itself – which you can still download for free. We love the covers everyone contributed so much, incidentally, that we didn’t consider them for this list. It’d be like picking favorite children – if you had 25 of ’em.
Oh, and have I mentioned I wrote a book? … What’s that you say? I mentioned that constantly? Well, I’m quite proud of it. It’s called Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time and it makes a great Christmas gift and – ok, ok, I’ll stop. You can find plenty more about it elsewhere.
Suffice to say, there’s been a lot of looking back this year. And we hope you’ll indulge us this one last glance rearward before we leap into 2018. Because if it’s been a hell of a year for us, it’s certainly also been a hell of a year for the cover song in general. Some of this year’s list ranks among the best covers we’ve ever heard, period. So dig in, and thanks for your support this past decade.
Covering Beyonce is a pretty bold choice. The woman is revered by millions and even considered a goddess of sorts by her hardcore followers. While in Austin, the xx stripped down the Frank Ocean penned “I Miss You,” off of Queen Bey’s “4,” and the result is stunning.Continue reading »
Solange, the baby sister of Queen Bey, has been making quite a name for herself over the past few months. While the pop singer has made solo efforts in the past, it is her latest EP, True, that is garnering her both critical praise and an exponentially growing fanbase. A self-proclaimed fan of the 90s pop and R&B scene, Solange invited Oliver Sim of the xx and producer/Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes to cover Nicole Wray’s “Make It Hot” during a recent concert in London.Continue reading »
Nashville locals Milktooth have been busy, to say at the least. After two years of touring from 2010-2011, the band was able to follow up on their eponymous first EP with 2012’s Wild Before Our Eyes. Not only did they record and release their second EP, but they were also able to embark on a new project, the “Stay Home America” web series. It is a monthly series of – you guessed it! – awesome covers. We here at Cover Me may be a little late to the game (the first cover was released back in July), but we are glad to have stumbled upon their fantastic renditions of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall,” the xx‘s “Fiction,” and Beach House‘s “Wild.”Continue reading »
Last year, the Antlers debuted a cover of the xx’s “VCR” on University of Illinois station WPGU. It showed great potential, but, being a live performance on college radio, sounded a bit…flimsy. Now, 19 months later, we have a studio version of the cover.Continue reading »