Preview :: Country & Covers

June 2nd 2011

Emma Swift from In The Pines and Stuart Coupe of Tune Up are teaming up to celebrate the world of cover versions,  alt country and nu folk. Tonight at FBi Social they will present a live collection of heaps cool Sydney musicians, and spin some tracks in between. To get you in the mood, we asked them to choose some of their all-time favourite country covers.

Stuart: This is Lissie covering Kid Cudi's Pursuit Of Happiness which is hands done the best cover version I've heard in the past twelve months. It was my first exposure to Lissie and made me want to explore her original material.


Emma: Early last year, I had the pleasure of seeing Willie Nelson live in New York. The gig had everything, including a youngish girl in the front row holding up a sign that read 'I Was Conceived At A Willie Nelson Concert', an older woman who had made her own Willie Nelson dolls and another lady who held up her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel so he wouldn't miss a thing. I felt so close to 'my people' I cried tears of crazy joy. The silver-plaited Texas gentleman is renowned for his excellent live shows, where he seemlessly blends covers and originals. This is one of my favourite of Willie covers, Leon Russell's 'A Song For You'.



Stuart: Ben's Brother covering 'Pokerface' by Lady Ga Ga. This is genius. I love every second of it and it's the perfect illustration of how a song can be totally re-imagined.


Emma: Gillian Welch is one of my favourite singers. Along with Ryan Adams, whose solo debut Heartbreaker is still one of my favourite records of all time, Gillian is pretty much responsible for converting me from being an indie kid with extremely nostalgic New Wave tendencies, to an Americana woman with extremely nostalgic Outlaw tendencies. This is her version of the Radiohead song 'Black Star'.



Stuart: And this may just be the greatest cover of all time. Centro-Matic's take on All Night Long by Lionel Richie. Eight breathtaking minutes.


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