Category Archives: Covers

Billy Ray Cyrus: To Appear On Chelsea Lately on E! Tomorrow, February 13; New Singles Out Now

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Tomorrow’s Valentine’s-themed episode of “Chelsea Lately” will feature multiple Grammy nominated and winning country star, Billy Ray Cyrus. Fans can tune in at 11pm ET/PT on E! Entertainment tomorrow, February 13th, to watch.

This week also saw Cyrus drop two new singles. One being the re-imagining of his 1992 hit “Achy Breaky Heart”, featuring Hip Hop artist Buck22 and Larry King, titled “Achy Breaky Heart Pt 2″.

“It all started with Larry King… We were playing around in the studio and decided to do something fun for the 22nd anniversary of the song,” CYRUS notes of the raucous remake. “It’s so wrong, it’s right. Happy Valentine’s week…”

The other was the considerably more sombre “Hope Is Just Ahead”, a duet ballad Cyrus recorded with music legend Dionne Warwick at Jamie Foxx’s studio in LA. A portion of the proceeds of “Hope Is Just Ahead” will be donated to “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign to Stop Violence”, an organization that helps students at the ground level and tries to prevent violent behavior before it escalates.

Photo: Billy Ray Cyrus Press Photo

Country Music Covers Mötley Crüe

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Legendary rock band, Mötley Crüe, announced today that they are heading out on their final tour and entering retirement. In honor of the iconic group, Big Machine Records has decided to release a Mötley Crüe tribute with some of the record label’s country music superstars covering classic songs. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album are LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope. More artists will be unveiled as the album nears a release date this summer.

For more information on Mötley Crüe’s final tour, visit Big Machine Records’ website by clicking here.

Meghan Linsey of Steel Magnolia Covers One Republic

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Fans of Steel Magnolia are in for a treat this new year, as Meghan Linsey, the female half of the duo is going solo. Linsey gives fans a taste of her new style with an impressive cover of OneRepublic’s hit, “Counting Stars.”

“Lately, lately I’ve been losing sleep, dreaming about the things that we could be,” Linsey croons in her powerful, yet undeniably country voice and from the opening lyrics, listeners are bound to be captivated. The video takes viewers through a fun and quirky array of colors and styles.

We have to admit that we’re all kinds of obsessed with this cover song and cannot wait for more from Meghan Linsey in 2014!

Watch her take on “Counting Stars” here:

You can also grab the song on iTunes here!

VIDEO: Garth Brooks Honors Billy Joel

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On Sunday night, Garth Brooks took the stage at the Kennedy Center Honors to honor his longtime friend and 2013 honoree, Billy Joel. Brooks performed a pair of Joel’s hits, “Allentown” and “Goodnight Saigon.”

While “Allentown” was rousing, it was “Goodnight Saigon” that is sure to give you chills, as Brooks is joined by a chorus of military vets, who received a rousing standing ovation.

Watch the incredible performance here:

Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves Premiere Video for “Folsom Prison Blues”

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When we interviewed Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves earlier this year, they were emphatic about their love for all things Johnny Cash. The band, who was recently featured on Billboard.com, released their video for a rockin’ cover of Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” which was directed by the Man-In-Black’s son, John Carter Cash. The song was also recorded at Cash Cabin and features a guitar solo from Rob Caggiano, formerly of the band Anthrax.

Watch the video here:

2Steel Girls Cover Miranda Lambert

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Our friends, 2Steel Girls (Allison & Krystal Steel), posted their cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim” today and we wanted to share it with you.

The girls are best known from The Voice: Season 3 where they were a part of Team Blake.

Allison and Krystal also joined us earlier this year as part of our “Keepin’ It Country Presents” Stageit series. They gave us a great show and were so sweet and fun!

Their album Train Wreck is available now. For more information, visit: http://2steelgirls.com/

Check out their version of “Baggage Claim”:

Kelly Clarkson Ties Up Fiance, Covers Mumford & Sons

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It’s no secret that Kelly Clarkson is one busy lady. She’s planning a tour with Maroon 5, prepping for a wedding to Brandon Blackstock and releasing infectious ear candy with each single. Her latest offering of country confection comes in the form of “Tie It Up,” a twangy tongue-in-cheek ode to courtship and wedding bells.

When she released the single cover, fans wondered who she was actually tied to. Was it her fiance or just some perfectly-manicured hand model? Clarkson revealed yesterday via video that the hand-in-question does in fact belong to her hubby-to-be. Judging from his adorable awkwardness in front of the camera, methinks he’ll be leaving most of the future modeling gigs to his bride.

And while she’s not being adorable in photo shoots, she continues her quest to slay every song you’ve ever heard and make it just a tad bit better. Click to see her become one of Mumford‘s honorary sons on this incredible version of “I Will Wait.”

Haley & Michaels Share Acoustic Version of “Wanted” (Hunter Hayes Cover)

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Nashville Independent Award-winning duo Haley & Michaels have just shared the official video for “Wanted,” their acoustic rendition of Hunter Hayes’ chart topping hit. The pop-country duo’s self-titled debut album, with studio work by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat/Five For Fighting) and Warren Huart (The Fray/James Blunt), is due out later this year. Fans can be sure to check out the lyric video for the single, “The Price I Pay,” which we have posted below, and keep an eye out for an official music video coming soon. It’s a beautiful song!

The duo, often compared to the likes of Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry, met in Nashville in January 2011 and played their first show together that December at The Red Devil Lounge near their shared hometown in the San Francisco Bay area. Music Connection asserted that the “radio-ready first single brilliantly showcases the tight, well-blended harmonies that are close to constant in their music.”

For more on Haley & Michaels, visit their official site at haleyandmichaels.com.

“Wanted” cover:

“The Price I Pay” lyric video:

What are your thoughts on “The Price I Pay” and their “Wanted” cover? We are digging their sound and can’t wait to hear their debut album!

Tim McGraw Releases Christmas Single “Mary & Joseph”

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When we heard that Tim McGraw was releasing a new Christmas single, we were thrilled. When we  heard that Tim McGraw was releasing a cover of Dave Barnes‘s beautiful contemporary Christmas song, “Mary & Joseph,” we were ecstatic. The song is a slight foray outside of the traditional holiday formula, but it’s a beautiful and more modern telling of the classic Nativity story.

Dave Barnes has already written a #1 hit for Blake Shelton  (“God Gave Me You”), and we suspect that this track of Tim will be heard at Christmastime for years to come. When we reached out to Dave, he was beyond thrilled with the new recording of his track. ”Tim McGraw is a legend. I’ve been listening to his albums since I was in high school, and still remember where I was when I heard ‘Don’t Take the Girl’ for the first time. ‘Just to See You Smile’ is one of my favorite songs of all time. To think that Tim recorded one of MY songs has been and will continue to blow my mind! What an honor!”

VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Blows Us Away with a Carrie Underwood Cover

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All Summer long, Kelly Clarkson has masterfully covered all types of songs, including some of our favorite country classics. She’s covered Vince Gill and Tammy Wynette, tackled Trisha and wowed us with “Wide Open Spaces,” but this time, she blows us away. Literally.

It takes guts to tackle a Carrie Underwood song, and just like with her incredible take on Carrie’s “I Know You Won’t,” Kelly changed the song to make it uniquely her own.

Prior to her performance in Perth, Australia, Kelly actually took to her Twitter to alert Carrie of her impending cover, while singing the song’s praises. She tweeted, “@carrieunderwood girl I’m covering Blown Away tonight for my fan request song and it is my favorite! I love how dark it is! Very cool song!”

Of course comparisons will be drawn between the original and the cover, and due to the fact that both girls came from a certain television show, but frankly, it shouldn’t matter. We love Carrie’s version and we also love the Kellified version.

We wish this video was a closer one, but take a listen as Kelly covers Carrie.

 

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!