While searching the Interwebs for bootleg, Liz came across this cover of Honey and thought it different enough to be noteworthy. I agree.
Honestly it’s a testament to how well that song is written. This cover manages to make Honey haunting and heartbreaking…a viewpoint which I never really got before. When you listen to the words within the style of this version, you can feel that crushing love and how hard it is to put yourself out there with someone. I kind of like it.
From Norfolk last Sunday (April 11). Two things: I saw Matt two days earlier in DC with some of my EOS sisters and when Matt sang this I was thrilled that I’d have something new for the Matt Covers catalog. In my heart of hearts I knew he was doing it just for me us!
Second, when Matt does the “google” hand-motion, I’m convinced he was watching us walk from the venue back to the car from his cushy bus window …because that’s exactly when the EOS gals were having this conversation about how when one talks about what they “said” online, they charade the “typing fingers”. Shame on you Matt (;
Oh and third: Notice when little Drop quietly shouts “matthires!!” he gives her a little sly smile. What a guy that MATTHIRES!!! is.
So without further ado, here is Matt doing a Chuck Willis cover of a The Band cover of Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes. Oh and thank you Liz Lemon for the video.
I am really not a music expert. But I know what I like and more than anything I like music that sounds authentic…that is, when an artist stays true to himself. I don’t even mind if they kind-of sound like someone else, as long as they genuinely aren’t trying to imitate someone’s sound or style. One of the best ways to measure if someone is being true to themselves as an artist is when they cover a song.
Matt does this better than most. His unique warble is as unwavering as his love of bare feet and plaid shirts. And so I introduce you to Matt Covers…
I hope to bring a few of the songs Matt has covered at his live shows. This week, it’s Bob Dylan’s Maggie’s Farm, as performed in San Diego sometime around August, 2009. The video is courtesy of rosie928.