Thursday, January 10, 2008

They're picking on Charlie

If you're a fan of bluegrass you've noticed an increase in the number bluegrass covers of pop songs. A band called Iron Horse was the first instance I'd ever heard of such a thing, when this little band replaced Metal with Mando and covered Metallica and Ozzy. The results were strangely listenable, and they've almost created a genre by now covering everything from Van Halen to Kansas.

Their label, CMH, has been in the business of cross pollinating music for a while now, and you can catch just about any twist on pop music there you can imagine.

In their catalogue a number was recently released that provides a bluegrass interpretation of country hits, called "Pickin' On Today's Ultimate Country Hits Volume 3," that contains a cover of a certain song by Mr. Charlie Daniels and his Band. It's an interesting take on an old favorite, and it stands out in the collection. I am not familiar with many of the other songs, but this is an interesting way to check out a song without the interference of celebrity personality to make you cringe and avoid it. Sorry, Bon Jovi, trying to sing country.

Here’s the tracklist:

1 I Love This Town (The Bluegrass Tribute to Bon Jovi)
2 I Told You So (The Bluegrass Tribute to Keith Urban)
3 Love Me If You Can (The Bluegrass Tribute to Toby Keith)
4 Everyday America (The Bluegrass Tribute to Sugarland)
5 Moments (The Bluegrass Tribute to Emerson Drive)
6 I Wanna Feel Something (The Bluegrass Tribute to Trace Adkins)
7 The Devil Went Down to Georgia (The Bluegrass Tribute to The Charlie Daniels Band)
8 Lost (The Bluegrass Tribute to Faith Hill)
9 Proud of the House We Built (The Bluegrass Tribute to Brooks & Dunn)
10 Life Is a Highway (The Bluegrass Tribute to Rascal Flatts)
11 Take Me There (The Bluegrass Tribute to Rascal Flatts)
12 Never Wanted Nothing More (The Bluegrass Tribute to Kenny Chesney)
13 As If (The Bluegrass Tribute to Sara Evans)
14 Online (The Bluegrass tribute to Brad Paisley)
15 All My Friends Say (The Bluegrass Tribute to Luke Bryan)

You can see more information about the album and get it here.

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