Thursday, July 24, 2008

Revival's Best Top Ten Country Covers of Rock Songs

Country ? On Rock Revival ? Well there is such a thing as good country, in fact excellent country, have you tried Guy Clarke ? Patty Griffin ? John Prine !? There's more to Lyle Lovett than Julia Roberts and more to country-rock than Gram Parsons ?

If you need rock to give you a bit of hand to get into it, here's ten tracks to give you a hand...

1. Friend of the Devil: Lyle Lovett (almost better than the Grateful Dead version ?)

2. Landslide: Dixie Chicks (I dare you to try their take on the Fleetwod Mac classic, it's a surprise)

3. A Satisified Mind: Johnny Cash (the master does Dylan, he also does Hurt by Nine Inch Nails, now thats really the blues)

4. Walk of Life: Shooter Jennings (hillbilly take on the great Dire Straits track)

5. Tiny Dancer: Tim McGraw (alright.....yes, Tim is a bit of a dag, but this take on one of Elton's best songs works really well)

6. Stairway to Heaven: Dolly Parton (now this is a real test, she does it serious, there's more to her than it seems)

7. Wonderwall: Ryan Adams (the king of alt country takes on the kings of Oasis, beautiful)

8. Tracks of My Tears: Patty Griffin (ok, Tracks.. isnt rock, but this is really brilliant)

9. Rockin All Over the World: John Fogerty (countrified swamp version, rescuing Status Quo from themselves)

10. Redemption Song: Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash (the Man in Black and Joe from the Clash do Marley, Heaven !)


jmarsh123 said...

Good list...a few of my own observations.

I love Cash & Clash so naturally I absolutely love this version of Redemption Song

I'll agree with you on Tim McGraw. Not a big fan of his and Tiny Dancer is my favorite Elton song so I didn't have high hopes, but it actually turned out well somehow.

The only one I'll disagree with is Landslide. Their version is outright putrid.

Lauren@environmentalescapadesofastudent said...

A few other country artists who have covered classic rock songs:

AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" - Big & Rich

Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" - Faith Hill

Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" - Joey & Rory

Tom Petty's "American Girl" - Taylor Swift

Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" - Deana Carter

Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" - Jewel

Anonymous said...

I think I want you to want me by Dwight Yoakim is the best song I've heard so far.

teleburst said...

Here are a couple from left field:

Elvis Costello's Cheap Reward, as covered by The Devil Makes Three and Andy's Automatics covering The Kinks' Sunny Afternoon.