Photo by Ashley Gelllman
Carole King is one of those artists that has just never quite worked for me. I know she's amazing, and I completely respect her as an artist, but she's just never clicked for me. But when Lucy Dacus, one of my current favorites, covers two of her songs, that's impossible to resist. Dacus takes on two songs from King's immortal Tapestry, "Home Again" and "It's Too Late." Dacus' take on "Home Again" is a little folkier than she normally gets, but it's hardly as folky as the original. "It's Too Late" sounds more like Dacus' unique blend of folk, pop, and indie rock. Both songs have this easygoing groove to them, and Dacus could sing literally anything and have me enraptured.
Lucy Dacus says of Carole King's originals:
“When I listened to Tapestry from my mom’s CD collection, I was young enough that it didn’t register as good or bad – it just defined what music sounded like to me, and it’s still a foundation of how I understand songwriting. She’s clever in the good way – queen of internal rhyme – and I love how her melodies reinforce the tone of the lyrics. She keeps it simple, but that’s what makes it universal. When I was asked to cover a couple of her songs, it was a no brainer. Her work feels like a part of my DNA and I’m grateful for it."
You can listen to Lucy Dacus covering "Home Again" and "It's Too Late" below. The songs are available as a 7" single (digital and physical) here. More more on Lucy Dacus, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the songs.