Today’s Cover Tuesday features some of my favorite Blues covers, some by overrated artists (Rolling Stones) and some by criminally under-appreciated (Taj Mahal, R.L. Burnside). A funny note about the Taj Mahal cover: In the extensive/quirky liner notes for The American Anthology of Folk Music (Buy It), it’s mentioned that the original “Fishin’ Blues” is one of the very few blues/folk songs about fishing that is actually about fishing and not, as might be expected, a euphemism/metaphor for sex. As someone who has a blues-musician friend who has a fishing song blatantly about sex, I’d believe it.
Taj Mahal – Fishin’ Blues (Henry Thomas cover) (Buy It) Johnny Cash – Goodnight Irene (Leadbelly cover) (Buy Johnny Cash music) R.L. Burnside – Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (Skip James cover) (Buy It) The Rolling Stones – Love in Vain (Robert Johnson cover) (Buy It) The Allman Brothers Band – Hoochie Coochie Man (Muddy Waters cover) (Buy It)
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