Friday Five: Springsteen Covers, Part II

Juli Thanki | September 14th, 2012

We did a Springsteen Friday Five on The 9513 three years ago, but there are so many good covers that it’s time for a second volume.

Bonus Track: Trisha Yearwood — “Sad Eyes”

Okay, this one made the last Springsteen Friday Five, but it’s so good I’ve got to post it again.

 

Double Bonus Track: The Band – “Atlantic City”

One of Springsteen’s masterpieces from his best album, covered by a fantastic band. Plus, you get to learn a little bit about one of the more explosive moments in Philly mob history.

 

5. Town Mountain – “I’m on Fire”

Banjos make everything better, which could be why Bruce himself has played this song with a guitjo during a few of his live shows. Waylon Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Lindi Ortega, and Whitey Morgan & The 78s have covered “I’m on Fire” as well.

 

4. Johnny Cash – “Further On Up the Road”

Cash’s version isn’t as fierce as Springsteen’s hard rocking original, but it’s no less powerful.

 

3. Emmylou Harris – “Tougher Than the Rest”

Emmylou Harris has covered several Springsteen songs, like “Racing in the Street” (my favorite of her Boss covers), “My Father’s House,” and “The Price You Pay.” Other artists who’ve recorded this one include Chris LeDoux and Travis Tritt.

 

2. Townes Van Zandt – “Racing in the Street”

“Racing in the Street,” from 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, is a favorite among country artists: Charlie Robison and Justin Townes Earle have both recorded it over the past few years. This version’s on Van Zandt’s Roadsongs.

 

1. The Mavericks – “All That Heaven Will Allow”

Malo and crew punch up an understated and underrated track from Tunnel of Love.

  1. Jack Williams
    September 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Patty Griffin – Stolen Car
    Cowboy Junkies – State Trooper
    Emmylou Harris – Mansion on the Hill
    Solomon Burke – Ain’t Got You
    Robin and Linda Williams – If I Should Fall Behind

  2. bob
    September 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Love your #! – I prefer the Mav’s cover to the original.

  3. Rick
    September 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Some of my faves include:
    Greg Hawks & The Tremblers – Tougher Than The Rest
    Southern Pacific – Pink Cadillac
    Hank III – Atlantic City

    As much as I like the Chris Ledoux version of “Tougher Than The Rest”, I think Greg Hawks just nailed it.

  4. Donald
    September 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Greg Hawkes! There’s a name not mentioned often enough. And I agree, his take is splendid.

  5. Donald
    September 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Hawks, not Hawkes. His Coming Home album is an enjoyable bluegrass recording, and Fool’s Paradise is even better but not bg, of course.

  6. Occasional Hope
    September 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

    John Anderson’s done Atlantic City as well.

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