Back in March, Canadian roots artist Heather Valley was on a writing retreat in West Virginia when lockdown happened. When she was able to return home, she quarantined alone on a farm and started recording covers of some of her favorite songs. One of the most interesting is a cover of Lucero's "The Last Song." Ben Nichols's voice is notoriously gruff to an almost extreme level. Heather Valley's voice is the exact opposite, with a warm feeling it's impossible not to be drawn in by. Musically her cover of "The Last Song" keeps the gruff feeling by dropping Valley's normal rootsy, Americana sound with a whining rock guitar solo that lasts the entire length of the song, provided by Matty Simpson. The result is this combination that shouldn't work at all, but ends up melding together perfectly.
You can listen to Heather Valley's version of "The Last Song" below. Wildflower Radio, the upcoming album from Heather Valley, will be out in 2021. For more on Heather Valley, check out the artist's website.