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At Hank Williams' Grave

It was Waylon Jennings who inspired the name of this site…

“Well, it’s the same old tune, fiddle and guitar. Where do we take it from here? Rhinestone suits and big shiny cars, its been the same way for years. It’s time for a change. Somebody told me when I got to Nashville, ‘Son, you finally got it made. Ol’ Hank made it here and we’re all sure that you will.’ But I don’t think Hank done it this way.”

Of course Hank didn’t do it the same way as Waylon. And that song is more about how Waylon acted, dressed and played his music. That lyric is not so much about actually covering a Hank Williams song. But I do believe it applies in the context of this site.

Covers songs, tributes, interpretations of standards, whatever we call them, they are a legitimate genre of music. That’s what’s great about popular music, whether it’s rock, country, rap or folk. It borrows, builds, inspires and steals. That’s what makes it so interesting to me. I love to hear how one artist interprets a piece of music that was written or performed originally  by another artist.

I’ve played in a few cover bands and met my wife at a karaoke bar (“At this Moment” by Billy Vera and the Beaters was my money song). I dig original music. But I’m also secure enough in the true origin of all music to know that if wasn’t for the blues masters of Mississippi, then we wouldn’t have the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin. So if some artist brings something new to a Stones or Zeppelin anthem, then it’s worth celebrating and sharing.

I don’t know yet if this is a hobby, passion or obsession. But whatever it is, I plan to pass it along to you here.

And I believe that Hank Williams would approve if we don’t do it his way.

Published on August 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm  Comments (11)  

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  1. Hello SOT,

    I wanted to send along cover songs of artist I am working with for consideration. What is the best way to do this?

    Chris

    • Hey Chris,

      I’ve emailed you how to share songs.

      Bart

  2. Hi Bart, very nice site, and always good to see Waylon and Hank quoted. I hope this interests you.

    Fans of bizarre covers of well-known songs are advised to book a train ticket to Poisonville:

    http://www.southwesternrecorders.com/poisonville/index.html

    For more explanation and other odds ‘n’ ends, check out the liner notes at:

    http://martincolyer.wordpress.com/

    Best

    Martin

  3. Hi
    Cool blog!
    I love cover versions.
    This is my blog:
    http://my-way-online.blogspot.com/
    Greetings from Italy

  4. Hello. I did a cover of the Psychodelic Furs’ “Love My Way” on my 2007 release, “Good Samaritan.” It got me a mention in USA Today. You may visit my MySpace page or my website to give it a listen.

    Thanks!!!

    http://www.myspace.com/donnaebeasley.com

  5. Hi I’m french and sometimes 4i’m covering song… take a look at my channel if you are interested

    Best regards

  6. got some shoegaze covers of pop songs we want to send your way…. how do we do that?!

  7. Hi,

    I wanted to send along a cover by the Aaron English Band of Norwegian Wood and Kashmir and wanted to know which is the best way?

    You can view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1e_0cF6whM

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Faruk

  8. Hi SameOldTune!

    I want to send two cover songs of artist I am working with for your consideration. How can I send them to you?

    Thanks,
    Michelle

  9. Hi!

    Looks like I have the Same Old request! How to get some cool covers to you? Ive got a soundcloud for them to make it easy for ya.

    Let me know. Thanks!

    Ashley

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