Last month we were blown away by the fact that Eli Paperboy Reed was releasing an album of Merle Haggard covers, and even more blown away by the fact that the first song was so great! With the second single Reed proves that wasn't just a fluke. Reed takes on "I'm Bringing Home Good News." The original is just a pure classic country song. It's the exact type of song you associate with Haggard, and would not be anything you'd expect to hear from a traditional neo-soul artist like Reed. Reed re-imagines the song as a classic soul standard. This sounds much more like a James Brown cover than a Merle Haggard one, and harkens back to the day when artists would regularly cover each other over genres. This is such a masterfully done cover that we really can't wait to hear more from Reed's Merle Haggard tribute album!
You can listen to Eli Paperboy Reed's version of "I'm Bringing Home Good News" below. Down Every Road is due out April 29 on Yep Roc Records and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Eli Paperboy Reed, check out the artist's website.