Friday Five: Springsteen Covers, Part II
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.
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.
Cash’s version isn’t as fierce as Springsteen’s hard rocking original, but it’s no less powerful.
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.
Malo and crew punch up an understated and underrated track from Tunnel of Love.
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