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Willie Nelson – Just Breathe (Pearl Jam) ft. Lukas and Micah Wilson

Posted September 21, 2012 by Kevin

Another example of how to pick and play a cover song.  Not a lot of variation from the original but there something uniquely Willie Nelson about it.  This coming off of Nelson’s 54th and latest studio album, “Heroes” that dropped May 15th.  

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Calexico – Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins)

Posted September 14, 2012 by Kevin

Calexico is the only band that can claim its song was played on the last Space Shuttle mission: Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords dedicated the band’s “Slowness” to her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. It was just the latest in a long line of quiet accomplishments by the Arizona band, which stirs traditional Southwestern sounds with the […]

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Iron and Wine – Waitin’ For A Superman (Flaming Lips)

Posted July 18, 2012 by Kevin

Quite possibly a perfect song.  Coyne has always had an inspired ability of spinning the darkest and most heavy subject matter into light and uplifting songs (Spider Bite, Fight Test, Do you Realize, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots); however, this song is so sad – so isolating – that you can’t help listening with a […]

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Clem Snide – Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)

Posted April 19, 2012 by Kevin

Too many observers confuse Eef Barzelay‘s sincerity for irony. Maybe it’s the pop-culture references he employs, or the dry sarcasm he exudes in interviews, or even the name of his band, Clem Snide. But he’s as misunderstood and underrated as just about any working songwriter. He’s capable of utterly breathtaking love songs — like “Find Love,” which […]

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New Multitudes – Talking Empty Bed Blues (lyrics by Woody Guthrie)

Posted March 23, 2012 by Kevin

There’s a good side, and a bad one, to collaborating with dead people. Jay Farrar found that out fast when he took on the task of putting his own music to lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie. On the one hand, the departed can’t argue back. On the other, “he’s not here to bounce ideas […]

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