Monday, May 7, 2007

Cover Me

Under Foot. Palm Springs, April 2006
For a change of pace, I'm stepping out of the sports world for a moment to get my groove on.

I don't have the hippest or coolest taste in music (my friends are much cooler than me -- check out this blog if you don't believe me). The older I get, the quieter my tastes, the smoother the groove if you catch my drift. But every once in awhile, I hear something that puts a charge in my dance step.

Such was the case today when I heard this on NPR of all places. I ran home to download the rest of it from iTunes. This is one of those tunes that has half a foot in old school and the other firmly in today, as in now, baby. Interestingly, it's a cover and not any old cover neither, but a song we've all heard a hundred times and can't imagine it sounding better than the original. Not anymore.

You can judge for yourself here. (Special thanks to the aforementioned Undercover Black Man for turning me onto vox.com.) See how long it takes you to 'name that tune' -- my guess is two slides and a drum beat ought to do it for you.

And while you're at it, I'm curious how many of you know who the performer is -- without looking it up of course. It's too easy to make it a contest but just for fun, the first person who guesses right gets to be number one on my too-cool-for-school list. Extra credit if you can tell me who's playing that filthy slide gui-tar.

Enjoy the vibe. I sure did.

7 comments:

Undercover Black Man said...

I can't be all that hip, S.O.L., cuz I got no idea who that is... neither singer or guitarist.

Sure does jam, though.

And don't sell yourself short on taste -- you turned me on to John Hiatt! (What was that penis song?? "Little Head does the thinking"!)

I dig your taste in music, and look forward to your uploads. The ease-of-use on Vox is amazing, isn't it? They got me downloading all kinds of weird shit just for the fun of uploading it in my own context.

Now if we can just get Quirkychick hooked on Vox, we could have us a non-stop party hap'nin'! (She turned me on to Manu Chao and Kirsty MacColl.)

Turnabout's fair, so let me hit you with this bluegrass classic from the 1920s. (You know I'll be bloggin' about this one.)

S.O.L. said...

Damn, UBM, that is awful. Just awful. Where do you find that stuff? So many reminders of what a great freaking country we live in. Damn.

Undercover Black Man said...

The story is more than "skin deep," however. I won't spoil my post... but the song is more than you think it is...

S.O.L. said...

I can't wait to hear it, UBM. I used to hang with these real Appalachian blugrass players and the stories they told ... whew. I wish I had written them all down. I'm looking forward to hearing about this one.

BTW, the performer in my vox sample was recently inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. Maybe that will make it easier to figure out.

Susie said...

It sounds kind of like Joan Osborne before she went Lilith. I have no idea who's on guitar but it's ringing bells and my come to me in a bit, in which case I'll get back to ya.

Love the cover.

And UBM is right I need to spend some time on VOX so we can get the party started.

susie said...

Okay - is that Neil Young? And my first guess was Patti Smith but it could also be Joan.

I kind of want it to be Joan.

S.O.L. said...

Ding! It IS Patti Smith. It's from her new album of covers, called '12' which is as accomplished and fun as it is audacious (she covers Hendrix' "Are You Experienced?"). What's notable about these covers is how clear it is what a fan she is of the material, like us if we did it and we were wildly talented to boot.

The guitarist is not Neil Young but not a bad guess. Way to go Susie!