Friday, September 14, 2007

david coverversions: take me home country roads

written by john denver and a couple of pals, this song was his first top ten hit (reaching #2 in the u.s.) of his illustrious career in which he released over 300 songs, composing around half of them (on over 30 albums). this feat earned him the title of 'poet laureate of colorado' in 1977, only 8 years after going solo. many artists have found a gloryhole using john denver's songs-- peter paul and mary had their highest charting with 'leaving on a jet plane', and olivia newton john reached #6 with 'take me home country roads' in japan, to name a few. we all know the ride 'the john denver experience' is an homage to how the man died, it can partially be seen here. once again i am revisiting the country gentlemen's 'live in japan', the album i have many a-time mentioned and posted from. chucky waller and co. again kill some notes and some chords and some words to spine-chilling perfection. toots & the maytals recorded a saaaaaweet reggaed up version replacing the word virginia with their home of jamaica. alt-country pioneers and punkish rockabilly enthusiasts jason & the scorchers honky-tonked the living fuck out of their 1995 take which caused me to check out the rest of their back catalog, which is tits. as always, send us a version we ain't gots.

john denver and johnny cash - take me home country roads

john denver - take me home country roads
toots & the maytals - take me home country roads
the country gentlemen - take me home country roads
jason & the scorchers - take me home country roads

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