My current one, and it has been so for at least a month or two, is Sam Cooke's "Trouble Blues" - I guess because it fits my life at the moment.
Sometimes you listen to a song, and right away think: "How would this one sound like if X were covering it?" Two people came to mind with this - Julianne Regan (from Zalamanda's favorite band, All About Eve) and Iggy. Of course, it will never happen. But... Josh Reichmann somehow makes me miss that Iggy's cover even more. It is from Paper Bag Records' compilation "The Seven Year Itch", also includes a fine rendition of Dylan's "I Want You" by Rock Plaza Central).
Most people will probably hate this but I can't stop singing it because my son likes it and we dance around the room to it pulling silly faces and laughing. It's driving me nuts!
Rich but moody, sort of Sort of indie-folk goes gypsy. Black Pairie is an SXSW side project for Decemberists Chris Funk (dobro), Nate Query (bass) and Jenny Conlee (accordion). SXSW opens in 2 weeks and has become the musical event of the year (sorry Glastonbury), with hundreds of emerging musical acts from around the globe showcased on over 80 stages in downtown Austin, Texas.
Veda Hille, catchy name but someone that it took me a while to catch up with, despite hearing good things from disparate but trusted sources over a number of years. This is the opening track on 'This Riot Life' from a couple of years back. It's a confection of insistent hooks, cascades and crescendos, so packed with ideas and lyrical snippets that its 3 minutes 50 seconds could have been a four song EP.
- Tatanka Yotanka
This one has recurred over the last decade, and is guaranteed to kick out any unwanted or invasive earworms. I love the way she verbalises one of the most famous guitar intros of all time, then takes the tune and runs with it. In the past, critics said that Jimi wasn't a great songwriter because his songs couldn't be covered. History has proved them very wrong.