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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Guide to Cover Songs, Tribute Albums, and Compilations

Eduardo, That's quite the list. Makes up for posting the DLR twangsuck thing. Here's an odd, but fantastic rendering of a Pink Floyd classic:  

C’mon...everybody deserves a Daily Diamond Dave laugh. 

Great column.  David Lee Roth was almost too painful to watch, but Aztec Camera's cover of that song is worth searching out.

Great post.   Hopefully,  a link to my single favorite "tribute album"  track follows  (NRBQ's "Little Rootie Tootie" from the Thelonious Monk "That's the Way I Feel Now"  tribute):      

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzO2Ax2WbRU

 

Desperate Times tribute to Old 97's

Paul Thorn, the alt.country bluesy roots musician, does a tribute of famous african-american gospel songs on his recent Don't Let The Devil Ride CD.  Includes backing from McCrary Sisters and Blind Boys of Alabama.  

The Mavis Staples:  I'll Take You There album: An Allstar Concert Celebration, released in 2017,  has a number of excellent wide-ranging roots musican guest artists performing with Mavis live.   A little unusual to have such participation from the honeree. 

Outlaw:  Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings is worth a listen.

The Last Waltz is sort of a trib to The Band as well as some of their favorite colleagues.

For electric blues fans Remembering Little Walter has an A-list of harpmeisters.

For old school country fans The Big E:  A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons has a number of country artists and good steel playing.

Bonnie Raitt and Friends is a live tribute to Bonnie.

Bob Dylan:  30th Anniversary Concert Celebration.

Highly recommend Love for Levon album with both Band songs and covers of songs by artists he liked. 

I guess Capton's Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD's (and 2013 CD) are a tribute to the guitar, the host, and various artists.

God Don't Change:  The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson shows that he has a lot of admirers in other roots genres.  

The Stones Blue and Lonesome album was sort of a tribute album as it favored the band doing covers of some lesser-known blues artists.

John Mayall's 70th Birthday Concert is a tribute to the Father of British Blues by some of his favorite colleagues. 

Asleep At The Wheel has two tributes to Bob Wills. 

Agree 100% with Beat The Retreat tribute to Richard Thompson.  The Bonnie Raitt version of When The Spell is Broken is unreal with Blind Boys of Alabama backing.  I've always loved Bonnie, who like Clapton, has come back to her roots though she could probably do better financially with more rock. 

Interesting to hear some of the bluegrass unknown bands doing tribute to some rock acts in "Pickin On....." series.  At least you get confirmation of how well the original versions were. 

 

 

Pat Boone's tribute to Alice Cooper.  I am so so sorry for posting this.

 

You should be ashamed!  Bad Boy!

Don't be. Boone sings very well and the band is very accomplished and tasteful, led by ex-David Lee Roth drummer Gregg Bissonette. Most of the band consists of former rock and rollers who became born-again Christians. The best track is his rendering of Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Comin," which gets the big band treatment with horns and follows the original arrangement pretty closely, only without guitars. The above isn't far behind, and the band actually makes Ozzy Osborne's "Crazy Train" swing, which I didn't think possible. It's a tribute to the inherent musicality of some heavy metal.

Great additions...when I move this over to my own site I’ll add to the list. By the way, many of those ‘pickin’ on’ albums but done by some of the biggest names in bluegrass. It was a great way for them to pick up a few hundred bucks for adding parts into their computers, and sending the files back to the producer. Or in some cases a group could knock these out in a studio on a day. Wasn’t rocket science, just a brilliant concept.  

A couple of others that I have purchased recently because of their quality:

Feel Like Going Home:  The Songs of Charlie Rich.  A sometimes overlooked roots music hero because of his slick (but money-making) Nashville Sound records in the 60's Charlie recorded for Sun Records early in his career was a great writer who could do country, blues, gospel and jazz.  His song Who Will The Next Fool Be? is one of my favorite songs with soulful versions by Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Adams, and Charles Brown, a country cover by Mark Chesnutt, and many others.

Blue Mood by blues guitar legend Duke Robillard is a tribute to single-note electric guitar pioneer and bandleader T-Bone Walker.  Duke's guitar sounds so much like Walker's that you will think you are listening to the original.  Any blues guitarist worth their salt must learn to play T-Bone Shuffle.  

Lastly, not a tribute album but a charity concert was performed at Knuckleheads Saloon in KC by an allstar cast of blues and soul artists including Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie southern rock) , Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray, Bonamassa), Samantha Fish, two members of Trampled Under Foot blues band, and Kate Moss.  The album has the group doing stellar versions of blues and soul standards.  You can find it MP3 on Amazon or you can buy directly from Blue Star Connection, an organization using proceeds to purchase musical instruments from kids in hospitals with long-term medical issues.    http://bluestarconnection.org/the-healers-live-at-knuckleheads-cd-dvd/   One of my favorite albums in my library.  The name of the band is The Healers.

Haven’t heard of these ones. Thanks. 

Whoops, Blue Star Connection in last paragraph buys musical instruments FOR kids in hospital with long-term medical issues.

 

Second prize is two evenings.

 

In Philadelphia?  The encore on the second night is Cummings' "Stand Tall."

Excellent article Ed, I too like tribute albums and have been able to cross-reference or simply learn of new songs/artists that were passing me by. Okay, some are specific studio projects, some are collections from other recordings and some are live tribute gigs, either way they intrique me and long may they continue

Some of my favourites (that are not on your list) are as follows :-

The man of somebody's dream - Chris Gaffney

Big Mon - Bill Monroe

Rock 'n Roll Doctor - Lowell George

Enjoy every Sandwich - Warren Zevon

An American Troubadour - Steve Forbert

Livin', Lovin', Loosin' - The Louvin Brothers

It'll come to you - John Hiatt

Rolling with the punches - Allen Toussaint

Muscle Shoals, small town, big sound - Rick Hall & Fame Studios

I've always been interested in cover versions on artists albums and beleive that the sign of a good song is how it can be re-interpreted by others, so that it almost becomes their own. i.e. Bonnie Raitt has always performed "Thing called Love" in all the 10 gigs I've seen her over the past 30 years.  

Great additions. Thank you. I’ve got three or four of them myself, and left them off the list in error. Will definitely add them on my own site. 

Cheers Ed, I know myself how easy it is to miss items off such lists, I know if I look through the i-Tunes library again, I'll find some that evaded me.

 

 

 

love the Chris Gaffney tribute . . . it got me to dig further into his music - good pick

Gosh, the list may be endless as I keep discovering new possibilities so I'll try to focus on tributes and high quality stuff worth checking out.

The Muscle Shoals Sound.  Key soul and r & b songs with the backing of the Muscle Shoals rhythm folks.

Max Weinberg Presents:  Let There Be Drums:  Vol. 1, The '50's.

                                                                                       Vol. 2: The 60's

                                                                                        Vol. 3 The 70's

Springsteen's "Mighty Max" co-authored a book called The Big Beat in which he interviewed some of his favorite pop music drummers and wrote about their styles.  The cd's are designed to provide examples of different styles.  You may be able to find the book in your local library. 

Shout, Sister, Shout!:  A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sacred Steel series.  If you have never heard this style of african american music that originated in the 1930's with one religious sect in Florida, you are in for a treat.  Very lively music using lap steel as lead instrument.  Robert Randolph started his career on the gospel side before switching to secular. Many of the best compilations are under Chris Strachwitz's Arhoolie label.  

Sacred Steel Live! or Sacred Steel, vol 2: Live!  1999  Seems to be the same CD

 The Best of Sacred Steel 2010  Good sampler of different styles.

 None But The Righteous:  The Masters of Sacred Steel  2002

 Train Don't Leave Me:  The First Annual Sacred Steel Convention

     2001

The Second Annual Sacred Steel Convention, 2002.

 

Legend Lives On:  A Tribute to Bill Monroe

Fire In My Bones:  Raw+Rare+Otherworldly African American Gospel, 1944- 2007.   The title and subtitles tell it all.  Unreal and inspirational.  One "funny" song is Rock and Roll Sermon by Elder Charles Beck.  A fire and brimstone rant against the evils of "the rock and roll", with preaching accompanied by a killer electric guitar, hand-clapping, and shouting by congregation that seems to morph into the very thing the minister was ranting against:  rock and roll.  

B. B. King and Friends: 80

Antone's 20th Aniversary  Tribute to famous Austin blues club.

 

 

 

  

     

      

 

I am a big fan of the tribute recording...I recommend Hayseed Dixie, a hillbilly tribute to AC/DC, and Enjoy Every Sandwhich- A Tribute to the music of Warren Zevon!

Great column - I love covers & tribute albums . . . it's always been something of a pre-occupation for me . . . movis soundtracks are good sources of cover songs too, but I look for them hoping to find a nugget here & there . . . many great ones listed here - like to add a few I've enjoyed over the years (apologies if there are dupes); 

Not Fade Away (Remebering Buddy Holly) - lots of good ones hear but especially love Waylon Jenniings/ Mark Knopfler "Playing the Game"

Por Vida - Songs of Alejandro Escovedo - who's who of Americana artists covering AE's great songs

The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered - 2 CD's - one of covers & one by the man himself. Quirky covers of quirky songs by a quirky guy but well worth a listen - like Gordan Gano's cover of Impossible Love

Raspberry Beret cover by the Hindu Loves Gods - Warren Zevon & REM covering Prince - great stuff

Two Outta Three Aint' Bad cover by Jamey Johnston - I like to play this one & see how long it takes for the listener to recognize it

Now I'm going to look for so0me of the others listed here that I haven't heard yet - thanks!!!

PS one more I just gotta throw in - The Band's version of Atlantic City . . . never tired of it . . .

 

I like the cover of Raspberry Beret by the Hindu Love Gods. The Derailers did a really, realy good cover of that song as well, a hidden bonus cut on Reverb Deluxe.

 

I remember that one as well . . . another great take on this tune

In a bit of a twist, Tom Russell organized a tribute record to his own songs, Wounded Heart of America. He also performs on the record, most of which is a stellar cast doing his songs. 

Thanks to all for expanding the list. I’ve also been getting daily emails and messages through Facebook. Promise to add to it in a couple of weeks. 

Forgot to add that on my Radio Show, this afternoon, here in the UK, I had a 15 minute segment with a Theme of COVER VERSIONS, which I often have.

Todays choices were :- King of the Road - O'Brien Party of 7; Border Radio - Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison; A Showmans Life - Buddy Miller; Any Old Time - Sara Watkins.

The Radio Show is called "Messin' with the Kidd" and it's on Lionheart Radio, 2 hours every Tuesday at 3:00pm (GMT).

Check out the Facebook Page "Messin' with the Kidd" for more info.

   

Messin' with the Kidd...Junior Wells would like that...

spot on Jim, that's where the show's title originates from and whilst I play a lot of blues, there's also a lot of rock 'n roll, honky tonk, country, cajun, zydeco, soul and old fashioned r&b, not forgetting what constitutes modern "Americana". Check out the playlists from previous shows on the Facebook Page "Messin' with the Kidd" 

There was an interesting album released in the late 80’s called Stay Awake – Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films.   

It had a great rendering of I Wanna Be Like You from Los Lobos, a slightly demented Someday My Prince Will Come by Sinead O’Connor, a jazzy version of Whistle While You Work by NRBQ and contributions from Nilsson, Tom Waits, Ringo, Suzanne Vega and Garth Hudson. 

My favorite on the record was a mugging of Cruella De Ville by the Replacements.  They also released it on their compilation album All For Nothing/Nothing for All.     

I remember that record...Bonnie Raitt did the "Dumbo Song" on that, and it was a great version, Was Not Was played on it...Waits did "Heigh Ho"...his voice made  that version sound kind of  crazy, but I remember thinking that is probably how the dwarfs should have sounded...Ringo did "When You Wish Upon a Star" also as I recall, and it was a pretty nice version, no frills, just sincerely sung...most of that record worked pretty well...wonder if you can still get it...

I always thought a few of Waits' best songs had some Disney influence..."Rainbow Sleeves" for instance...but a lot of those Disney songs are really well written songs...

And you can still buy it on CD...Amazon...Vinyl too, but it will cost you...

Tom Waits version was pretty clanky and his singing forshadowed a lot of what he did on his later records especially Real Gone.   I always thought that was a novel concept and agree it worked well to0 Jim.   

Some of Waits' songs do have that cartoon feel to them.   I think that is why I always loved Blood Money.        

      

All Blues'd Up:  Songs of the Rolling Stones   

   by various blues artists with great version of Satisfaction by 

   Junior Wells

Tangled Up in Blues   

  Dylan songs by blues and soul artists

A Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival

Common Ground   Dave and Phil Alvin   

  songs of Big Bill Broonzy

Black Roses  Jim Lauderdale   

  songs of Robert Hunter performed by Lauderdale and North Mississippi Allstars 

Me and Mr. Johnson 

  Clapton's tribute to Robert Johnson

The Lady and Mr. Johnson 

   Rory Block's tribute to Robert Johnson

   Also, between 2008 and 2018 Rory had a number of blues

   artist tribute albums (Bessie Smith, Bukka White, Rev. Gary Davis

   Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Mississipi Fred

   McDowell).  

Beautiful:  A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot    

   

 

OK, here are all that I have in my collection, this list may repeat a few that have been posted, but for what it is worth...

Songs Of Leonard Cohen: Tower Of Song-1995

Songs Of The Grateful Dead: Deadicated-1991

Songs Of Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly: Folkways: A Vision Shared-1988

Songs Of Mississippi John Hurt: Avalon Blues-2001

Songs Of Phil Ochs: What’s That I Hear?-1995   2 CD’S

Songs Of Gram Parsons:Return Of The Grievous Angel-1999

Songs Of Doc Pomus: Till The Night Is Gone-1995

Songs Of Elvis Presley: It’s Now Or Never-1994

Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute-1997

Songs Of Bruce Springsteen: One Step Up/Two Steps Back-1997 2 CD’S

Songs Of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska: Badlands-2000

Songs Of Dwight Yoakam: Will Sing For Food-1998

Songs Of Victoria Williams: Sweet Relief-1993

Songs Of Hank Williams: Timeless-2001

Songs Of Townes Van Zandt: Poet-2001

Songs Of Ray Davies and the Kinks-This Is Where I Belong-2002

The Legend Lives On: A Tribute To Bill Monroe-2003 2 CD’S

Big Mon: Songs Of Bill Monroe-2000

Johnny’s Blues- A Tribute To Johnny Cash-2003

Enjoy Every Sandwich-The Songs Of Warren Zevon-2004

For Anyone That’s Listening: A Tribute To Uncle Tupelo- 2004

Hayseed Dixie- A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC

Paint It Black- Songs Of The Rolling Stones-This Ain’t No Tribute-1992

Songs Of Greg Brown: Going Driftless

A Tribute To Waylon Jennings-

Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band- 2007

Anchored In Love-: The Songs Of June Carter Cash

Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs Of Stephen Foster

Stoned Immaculate: The Music Of The Doors

Kindred Spirits: A Tribute To The Music Of Johnny Cash

Goin’ Home- A Tribute To Fats Domino

Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’- Tribute To The Louvin Brothers

Two Rooms: The Songs Of Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Rave On Buddy Holly- A Tribute

This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark  2 CD'S

Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan 4 CD'S

Happy Land: A Musical Tribute To Laura Ingalls Wilder (Earliest Recordings? 1923 Edison)

A Tribute To Hank Cochran- Jamey Johnson

The Music Is You- A Tribute To John Denver

Love For Levon- A Live Musical Tribute- 2 Discs

Jackson Browne Tribute- Looking Into You

Rockin’ Here Tonight: Songs For Slim  A Tribute To Slim Dunlap

Quiet About It: A Tribute To Jesse Winchester

Look Again To The Wind  Johnny Cash-Bitter Tears Tribute

Coal Minor’s Daughter- Loretta Lynn Tribute

Twistable Turnable Man- A Tribute To Shel Silverstein

Asleep At The Wheel- Tribute To Bob Wills

All My Friends- Gregg Allman Tribute

Let Us In Americana- The Music Of Paul McCartney

The Breeze- Eric Clapton & Friends-A Tribute To JJ Cale

Buddy Holly Tribute- Listen To Me

Way to go. Thanks. 

Way to go. Thanks. 

What a fun topic, I love it!  I always thought that a weekly radio show highlighting the 'history of the cover song' would be a cool concept...

 

TH

There were many great additions but did it really deserve a double "way to go"?

Jealous.

Angelique Kidjo rerecorded the entire "Remain in Light" album.  

I'm amazed Ed at the response you got to this post. I thought I was alone in loving tribute albums based on the seeming contempt from music store employees who acted embarrassed to even have them in the store but I see others enjoy the concept too.

I probably have more Dylan tributes than anything and my favorite hasn't been mentioned by you or any of the responses I don't think. It is called "Positvely 4th and K" and was a tribute concert in a Sacremento, CA club with the Jackie Greene Band who was living there at the time and featured Sal Valentino (of the Beau Brummels) on many vocals as he lived there too. Jackie also sings some of the songs as do several other Sacremento area singers who I had never heard of. With Jackie Greene's great band all of the songs are wonderful.

Also not mentioned are two Reggae Dylan tribute albums, "Is it Rolling Bob" and "Blowin' In The Wind." I even have one of those bluegrass "Pickin' on Dylan" albums which isn't half bad and features the great Richard Greene on fiddle.

Another tribute not mentioned is "Quiero Creedence" a Latin artists' tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Gazing With Tranquility : a tribute to Donovan

Without which no collection of tribute albums could be considered complete or even replete! 

I must confess to owning many of the tribute albums listed here and at the same time they (calm down-for me!) are less than essential. Fun sure, but when was the last time I pulled one out, dusted it off and gave it a spin? So now let me embarrass myself and look into my collection and see what I can find to add to the list:

The Under The Covers collections (Volumes I, II and III) by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs has some gems as they cover various artists ranging from Television to the Clash to Fairport Convention to Dylan.

If I Were A Carpenter (a tribute to the Carpenters-various alt-rock artists) is surprisingly listenable. 

Acid Eaters by the Ramones, an album of 1960s rock band covers, is an excellent album.

And for anyone who needs even more albums of Dylan covers.

Go wild!

 

 

Yes, I love the Under The Covers series, I bought all of those too!  Another cool one I thought of is Steve Forbert's tribute to Jimmie Rogers called Any Old Time from 2002...

Dennis!!!  Gazing with Tranquility!

Under the Covers...Matthew Sweet and Suzannan Hoffs...good one Mr. Mutt...

Jim, you knew a Donovan tribute would get my attention and I had no idea there were any. Unfortunately when I clicked on Mr. Clown's link I discovered it came out in 2015 with only a limited number of cds available so probably none left now. But that Amazon link listed another Donovan tribute but the covers were by no one I am interested in since I'd never heard of most of them.  Oh well...

The Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs "Under the Covers" is a good one that I'm surprised wasn't mentioned before. But I only have Vol. 1 and after checking, vol. 2&3 look interesting too.

from Wikipedia:

  • Donovan My Way (Vic Lewis and his Orchestra) (1968)
  • The Les Williams Orchestra Plays the Songs of Donovan (1968)
  • The Golden Songs of Donovan Johnny Arthy Orchestra
  • Island of Circles (1992)
  • A Gift from a Garden to a Flower: A Tribute to Donovan (2002)
  • Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan (2015))

and for a marathon of Donovan...

Cover versions of Sunshine Superman

 

If we’re discussing Donovan tribute records, it’s about time to send in the clams.

 

Yikes...Gibby, Paul and King...haven't thought about them in years...and definitely hadn't heard that...

Okay, it's official. Mr. Clown has way too much time on his hands. But I must admit I was fairly flabbergasted by how many covers of "Sunshine Superman" there are by even an aritist like Les McCann. Who woulda thunk it?

Another album of Dylan covers I enjoy I picked up in Paris. It is by Hugues Aufray and he does covers that are very close in arrangment to Dylan's originals but translated into French.

R Mutt is multi-tasking as we speak!  

And to prove it Dennis, this is for you!

This may well be Spinal Tap's cover of the Stynx "classic".  I confess: I did not hit play before posting.

Since I'm allergic to Stynx and every other heavy metal band I'll pass on listening.

Not to quibble, but Styx is definitely not heavy metal.  Progressive maybe.  I admit they are a guilty pleasure from my long ago high school years.

 

Okay, I stand corrected. After listening to bits of what were posted as their 10 best songs I will re-pigeon hole them as an "arena rock band" like Journey which I also dislike. But I'm not putting them down. As Ben Sidran said, there are only two types of music--music that moves you or doesn't. To each his own Matthew.

Thus the “guilty pleasure”. Lol. You had to be there. 

A guy I know is in a band called Kyxx...they do pretty much the entire Styx catalog note for note (which is actually pretty challenging musically), including the Tommy Shaw/Ben Dover sung "Too Much Time On My Hands" one R. Mutt posted above...they pack them in when they play tribute shows...this guy is a tremendous musician...He loves them...so you are definitely not alone Matt...progressive is probably a good label for them, they had a theatrical bent to their music...Dennis DeYoung always struck me as being a bit overwrought as a singer, but it works with the music they/he wrote...they could definitely sing and play well...a buddy of mine worked at a record store back in the day and had tickets to pretty much every concert...he was a big fan, and I went with him to see Styx...pretty good show overall...free ticket is a bonus, and I likely would not have ever bought a ticket to see them, but I enjoyed the show for what it was, arena rock, huge light show...the real fans got their money's worth...

 

I saw Styx with my daughter (Sans Dennis, but the new guy was very good) a few years ago at a state fair.  My kids grew up on it so it was fun to see her and her friend sing along to the words of all the songs.  They even came out and walked around the arena playing in front of each area.  Great show.

"The new guy" is Larry Gowan, a singer-songwriter with some success in Canada, he's from Toronto. He's known enough everywhere but the US that Jon Anderson of Yes sang backup vocals on his song "Moonlight Desires." He's probably best known for his most successful 80's album Strange Animal. I remember him from a cover band called Rheingold that played the Montreal bar circuit in the late 70's when I was in high school there, they were known for their Styx covers and doing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" note for note, even the operatic part, which Queen themselves walked offstage and played a recording. 

 

Thanks for the info. I meant new guy in a relative sense that he replaced Dennis.  I realize he's been with them for a while now.

That would be a guy who would fit in well with the rest of Styx...I thought only Wayne and Garth could actually sing the operatic part of "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Ahem, not quite so long ago.  An old girlfriend told me that, while in high school, an exam question asked for the name of the river separating Earth and Hades. Not having a clue as to the answer, she sneaked a peak at the exam of the guy next to her.  Seeing he had written "Styx," she thought to herself, "Stupid stoner," turned her attention back to her own exam, and just skipped to the next question.  (Not suggesting that was you, btw.)  

That couldn't have been long ago at all...that's hilarious...he might have been stoner but he got one question right at least...

30 to 40 years maybe.  Just a bit ago.

Living in Chicago, every once in a while I run into someone of a certain vintage who remembers seeing Styx at local clubs or college shows. I forget why Dennis DeYoung left the band. Years back my brother in law, a drummer then in his early 30’s had a part time gig playing for a Chicago radio DJ in his band. He was in the radio studio one day when the DJ asked if he could stick around because his guest that day was Dennis DeYoung and his drummer had baled last minute. Joe had heard of Styx but wasn’t familiar with their hits and hadn’t heard of Dennis DeYoung. Anyway, for a quick run through Dennis asked Joe if he knew Come Sail Away, Joe was honest in saying no. Dennis laughed and said, you punk. Showed him the basics and Joe did fine in the pinch. Said Dennis was a nice guy. 

Clearly Styx is Americana cool

 

I worked with someone who said they played her high school prom. 

My second concert ever, Mr. Roboto Tour.  No kidding...Purdue's Elliot Hall Of Music.

My second concert ever, Mr. Roboto Tour.  No kidding...Purdue's Elliot Hall Of Music.

My second concert ever, Mr. Roboto Tour.  No kidding...Purdue's Elliot Hall Of Music.

Wow, easy to post something three times...my bad.

Yep, we have all managed that a time or two...posting 3 times is easy, deleting them is what is hard...

I saw Pearl Jam there at Elliot...I also saw Dan Fogelberg there maybe 20 years prior...how's that for bridging genres?...that's a nice place to see a show...

Who would have figured that the best song on the Kiss tribute album, "Kiss My A__," would be Garth Brooks' take on "Hard Luck Woman." 

Reading through these lists and wondering how many cover tunes are so good that you’d swear the person covering the song wrote it as well. Doesn’t happen very often. 

Was shocked when I learned that Joe Ely didn’t write Tom Russell’s Gallo de Cielo or Robert Earl Keen’s The Road Goes On Forever. 

While not a tribute record in the same sense as many listed here, Waylon Jennings’ Honky Tonk Heroes sure is a tribute to the songwriting of Billy Joe Shaver.

That remined me Jackovan that Chuck Prophet did a tribute to Waylon Jennings by releasing "Dreaming Waylon's Dreams" which was a recording of Waylon's album "Dreaming My Dreams" supposedly recorded in one take in the studio. ND did a review of it in 2008.

Somewhat along those same lines: Mary Lou's Corvette's cover of the Blood on the Tracks album. 

 

Also, I haven't seen mention of Phosphorescent's "To Willie," doing a nice job of covering Willie Nelson songs.

I kinda like that...

I had same experience with Ray Wylie Hubbard's song Choctaw Bingo-written by James McMurtry instead.

Brit blues writer and guitarist Ian Siegal has a really good version of Gallo de Cielo on One Night in Amsterdam.  I think his son plays lead electric.

I found a great intro to classic songs of Billy Joe Shaver on a live CD I found in thriftstore.  Called Unshaven: Shaver Live at Smith's Olde Bar.  Scorching guitar by his late son Eddy. 

I saw Ray Wylie perform "Choctaw Bingo" which he announced was written by McMurtry and asked the audience to help him when he got to the "nasty" part because he was too old for that. However, given that song's complex lyrics, the sparse crowd's attempt was pretty lame. He was great and his son Lucas played guitar and was quite good too.

"A lot of people think RE Keen wrote Levelland".....was how McMurtry introduced the song one time when I saw him in concert.

I saw same concert at Bristol Roots and Rhythm and have same assessment.  Also, he hates to hear the audience request his most well-known song Redneck Mother.  

The horn-based blues dance band Roomful of Blues celebrates its long history on a live 2012 album called 45 Live. A large number of the band's alumni are important artists in their own right now. 

Roomful of Blues also includes blues shouter Big Joe Turner and Eddie Vinson on Roomful with Vinson and Turner

Otis Rush and Friends:  Live at Montreux 1986 has acolyte Clapton joining Rush and a really good backing band on three songs and Clapton and Luther Allison helping out on another song.  On the dvd version you can tell how much Clapton is in awe of one of his hero and Allison has some nice tribute language.

A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Tribute to Jerry Reed is a song by Eric Johnson

Concert for George (Harrison)

Many Elton John tribute albums

In the "cover song" area I have had a ball finding recorded and Youtube versions of a wide range of rock and roots songs by two of the best cover bands in the business:  Springsteen's E Street Band and Tom Petty's Heartbreakers.  Both bandleaders have a deep knowledge of rock music history.  A lot of Petty's covers can be found on his Live Anthology and many live cd's that have been released in the last few years.  I started my search by looking at the following link:

https://www.setlist.fm/stats/tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers-6bd6e20a.html

Springsteen's starting point

https://www.setlist.fm/stats/bruce-springsteen-2bd6dcce.html

I was looking on iTunes for covers of one of my favorite "folk" songs, Rock Salt and Nails, written by the train-riding troubador Utah Phillips and discovered

Singing Through The Hard Times:  A Tribute To Utah Phillips.