Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires - "Born in the U.S.A."

I've never really gotten the whole Springsteen thing. I really like Nebraska, but pretty much everything else I hear is just over the top, arena rock, which I pretty much universally loathe. The worst of all of this is the album loved by everyone in America but me Born in the U.S.A. This is why I'm so intrigued by the upcoming tribute album Dead Man's Town. It features more country twinged/folky acts covering the album Born in the U.S.A. 

The first, and title, track is the one I'm most interested, featuring husband/wife duo Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Their version is downright haunting and minimalist, featuring little more than Isbell's vocals and Shires' fiddle. The result is beautiful and unsettling, much closer to the actual lyrics and the song's subject matter than Springsteen's album version.

Dead Man's Town will be released on September 16 on Lightning Rod Records. It will also feature Justin Townes Earle, Joe Pug, Holly Williams, Trampled By Turles, and more. To listen to Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires' cover of "Born in the U.S.A." just in time for the 4th of July, watch the video below.

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