Votes due by Friday, October 7th at 11:00 PM EST: How could I possibly shift gears harder from Moe’s rap covers Day 3 than this? I may have just flipped the Living The Dream bus. So it goes. The Team is trying our best to bring you compelling match-ups, and included in this one is a battle between two covers whose original songs date back to the Civil War era. What up, universal temporality of music! Also a pair of slow acoustic covers of major 90s singles, a clash of the Cash, and a croon-off between two of my favorite female blues/jazz/gospel vocalists from the last fifteen years. Plus we have direct and indirect representation from the only two Hank Williams’s that Living The Dream still supports (come on, Junior. Really?) Grooveshark link esta aqui, excepto la cancion de Norah Jones.
“Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” is represented by Theresa Anderson, has been covered by The Boss, served as the inspiration for “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and was even featured as a clip at the beginning of the Bone Thugz-N-Harmony “Crossroads” video. It has pre-Civil War origins as a Southern spiritual, although earliest recording was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1915. Meanwhile, perennial fan favorite “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” dates back to the 1870s southern Appalachia.
We’ll let Cobain seamlessly transition us into a battle of 90s covers between Tori’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Ryan Adams’ “Wonderwall.”
Third, who translates early Johnny Cash better, Hank Williams III or Social Distortion?
Maybe save this last match for right before bed, but Cassidy and Jones are a pretty power pairing. Eva is a DC Blues Alley legend that died too soon, covering Sting here. Norah’s “Come Away With Me” album (from which this Hank Williams cover is included) will go down forever in history as the third-to-last album to get RIAA Diamond certification (10x platinum.) Go to it, ladies.
And the pasteable:
“Oh Mary” by Theresa Anderson vs. “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” by Nirvana
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Tori Amos vs. “Wonderwall” by Ryan Adams
“Cocaine Blues” by Hank Williams III vs. “Ring Of Fire” by Social Distortion
“Fields Of Gold” by Eva Cassidy vs. “Cold Cold Heart” by Norah Jones