Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Jeremy Pinnell Covers Concrete Blonde

Photo by Melissa D Fields

We all know Concrete Blonde's song "Joey." It's one of those songs that seems to transcend genre, and it's almost in our marrow at this point. Covers of it are oddly rare, so we're thrilled to have this new one from Jeremy Pinnell. The country artist has released a quarantine solo version as a single, and to say he owns this version of the song is an understatement. Somehow Pinnell takes a cover and transforms it with his unrestrained passion. It hardly sounds like a cover at all, but an incredibly personal song to Pinnell. This is the kind of cover on par with Johnny Cash's transformation of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt."

Chris Mueller (Sofaburn Records founder and Jememy Pinnell's manager) says of the cover: "After over 300 tour dates in the previous three years, Jeremy was sitting at home last summer, and, because of the pandemic, realized he was going to be there for much longer than he was hoping. Refusing to allow the downtime to kill his love for his art, he purchased some basic recording equipment with the intention of doing some home recordings. This particular Wednesday back in July, with whatever was going on inside him, he went down to his basement and recorded this cover of 'Joey' to his phone, one of the most haunting versions of any song I'd ever heard."

You can watch the video for "Joey" below. The song is currently available as a single via Sofaburn Records. Goodbye L.A., the upcoming album from Jeremy Pinnell, will be out later this year. For more on Jeremy Pinnell, check out his website.

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