Earlier this month, it was announced that Ryan Adams will be covering the classic Rolling Stones double album. Exile on Main Street at this year’s Jazz Fest. Adams and legendary producer Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones) will recruit an all-star cast for performance at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans on May 5. After years of producing Stones albums such as Voodoo lounge, A bigger blow and bare, Has been remixed Exile on Main Street. 2010 reissue (as well as the 2011 reissue of Certain girls).
Artists rarely perform an entire album in its entirety. Bruce Springsteen is known to do it with Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born to run Where Born in the United States. In 2016 he made Around the river, who had The Boss performing his 1980 double album River. In 2012, the Old 97’s alternative country pioneers did much the same with their 1997 instant classic. Too far to care as part of the album’s 15th anniversary celebrations.
In hip-hop, artists such as Nas, Blackstar, Lauryn Hill and The GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan have all performed classic albums in their entirety as unique festival performances. Jam band Phish had stretches where they would perform the entirety of other bands ‘albums (The Beatles’ The white album, The rolling stones’ Exile on Main St. for example). And of course, many rock bands (Motley Crue, The Cure, Steely Dan) have booked tours in hopes of capitalizing on the nostalgia and music of their heyday.
Few years ago, Texas songwriter Terry Allen performed his magnum opus Lubbock (on Tout) in Lubbock. It was the only time that Allen and his company – who were the original players on the 39-year-old double disc – played the album in sequence and in one sitting.
Texas Gentleman bassist Chase McGillis and songwriter Phillip Creamer have hosted a handful of tribute recording nights in recent years. Typically with an all-star backing group, various special guests ranging from Paul Cauthen and Jillette Johnson to Ruby Boots and Joel King of the Wild Feathers, they took on legendary albums like Elton John’s Goodbye yellow brick road and Joe Cocker’s Mad and English dogs. While not exactly the same, there have been plenty of general tributes to Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Van Morrison and many more by the couple.
With that in mind, which albums would you like to see covered and by whom? Why? We asked this question to the Wide Open Country staff for their best suggestions.
Thomas’ Choice: Mike and the Moonpies covering Strait country by George Strait
I love these kinds of assumptions. I tend to spend way too much time thinking about it. I had 10 solid picks, but I’ll go with my gut (and initial) answer. Mike and the Moonpies playing George Strait’s debut in 1981 Strait country. It just makes sense. For starters, Mike and the Moonpies are a well-oiled, beer-drinking, honky-tonking six-piece machine – perhaps the best in the business for playing old school country tracks for crowds of rowdy dancers. Their last outing, Steak Night at The Prairie Rose, finds them at their peak with country groovers on late nights, bar breakouts and jukebox memorabilia.
Bobby’s choice: Old Crow Medicine Show John Hartford cover Air-Plain
Don’t let this name or gender tag fool you. Hartford did more than write “Gentle on My Mind” for Glen Campbell, although that alone would have made him a future legend. He also brought lightness to roots music, writing songs that were often downright absurd without overshadowing his talents as a singer and banjo picker. Nor the stupidity of “Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie” and “Vamp in the Middle” minimize the stacked Aereo-Plain Band, with Norman Blake, Tut Taylor, Randy Scruggs and a pre-Will the circle be unbroken Vassar Clement. Together, they accidentally helped create “new grass“for young pickers and old hippies wanting to get away from the strict bluegrass mold.
A stacked and talented unit in its own right, Old Crow Medicine show is the best consumer choice to present a little-known classic to a new generation of fans. The group inspired by string orchestras being much more blues than bluegrass would be an advantage, as it would push Hartford’s masterwork even further from the norm. Hopefully these reinterpretations would win this album off the beaten track some post-dated general acceptance, rightly placing it in the same stratosphere like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the movie Issuance.
Jeremy’s Pick: Cam Covering Eagles by the Eagles
While she doesn’t get enough credit for it, Cam is truly part of the ‘California country revival’ that spans the breadth of the genre with artists including herself, Jon Pardi, Brett Young, and Sam Outlaw. And as she showed on her major debut in 2015 Savage and newest single “Diane”, Cam is a powerful singer with the ability to effortlessly switch between groundbreaking ballads (“Burning House”) and full-steamed barn burners (“Runaway Train”).
So how cool it would be to hear him address the legendary 1972 debut from one of the creators of Californian cross country, Eagles? From the opening of the album “Take It Easy” to the eclectic “Earlybird”, Eagles offers plenty of opportunities for an artist like Cam to spread her wings (pun intended).
As “Diane” and “My Mistake” show, Cam is clearly a fan of the huge harmonies, which the Eagles deliver in droves. Imagine her delicate interpretation on songs like “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, or what kind of twist she could bring to a song like “Witchy Woman”. With an obvious knack for lyrical empathy, it would also be interesting to hear Cam take some liberties with the male perspective on the record. It’s the kind of reimagining that could pay homage to one of the great titans of American music while still staying fresh.
Additionally, Cam is one of the few modern country artists who seems to have complete mastery of the scene from the moment she steps on it. This is no small feat in a space where artists sometimes find themselves propelled onto a stage that they have not yet learned to navigate. Covering up for the Eagles’ eponymous debut is no small task, but one that Cam could answer with as much bravado as it is finesse.
Bobbie Jean’s Pick: Brandy Clark Covering This time by Dwight Yoakam
They have already shown their mutual admiration for each other’s work with their magnificent duet on Clark’s “Hold My Hand”, but beyond that, Clark is the perfect singer to reprise one of the kings of country music. to tear: Dwight Yoakam. Guitars, Cadillac, Etc., Etc. put it on the map and Hillbilly Deluxe makes him a certified star, but in my opinion it doesn’t get any better than Yoakam’s fifth studio album, 1993 This time.
Like Yoakam, Clark has proven to be as adept at singing heartbreakers as she writes them. There is no one more fitting to cover the sad “Two Doors Down”, the bittersweet kiss “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” and the desire “Try Not To Look So Pretty”. Plus, as Clark showed with her own catchy songs like “Stripes” and “Crazy Women”, she set the scene on fire with her rendition of Yoakam’s early ’90s hits “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere “and” Fast a Tu. “