Friday, October 16, 2009

Jay Farrar Friday: Covers Edition

Sweet drawing, eh? Its the Nov-Dec 2001 cover of the now defunct roots music magazine No Depression, which is now a thriving on-line community of music enthusiasts. You can find all kinds of cool stuff in their archives. This edition of Jay Farrar Friday is all about the cover tracks. Let's get into the music, shall we?

Originally recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1975, this track is part of the bonus material on the reissue of Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne. Edit: a Swedish reader pointed out that Joe Ely plays guitar and sings lead on this track. I should have noted that in the first place. Thanks for the reminder! Yee-Haw!

Uncle Tupelo - Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?.mp3
Buy: Anodyne (1993, reissued 2003)

Farrar dives into psychedelic rock covering the late, great Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd.

Jay Farrar - Lucifer Sam.mp3
From: Stone, Steel & Bright Lights (2004, CD out of print)

Kelly Willis duets with Farrar on this Townes Van Zandt classic.

Son Volt - Rex's Blues.mp3
Buy: A Retrospective: 1995-2000 (2005)

This is more of a reworking than a cover, but I don't care because I love this track. Farrar teams with Anders Parker to reconfigure a bunch of folks songs under the moniker Gob Iron. This track is originally by Reverand J.M. Gates, who probably first wrote this song in the mid-1920s.

Gob Iron - Death's Black Train.mp3
Buy: Death Songs for the Living (2006)


bostig said...

Hi, If I remember correctlu it is Joe Ely sharing the lead on ARe you sure Hank done it this way. That pairing is very good I think. Thanks for an interesting blog. bostig from Sweden

Rockstar Aimz said...

Just checked my Anodyne CD booklet and you are right!