Recently on Back Porch Music, I was surprised to hear a cover of a Nick Drake song -- took me a bit to realize what it was because it sounded so different, yet so familiar. I think that's what makes a good cover song -- one that takes its own path while still honoring the original.
Here are five songs, listed with their primary artist first and the cover artist second. In each case, I can honestly say I like both versions. I think #1 is the best twist and #5 is the most surprising. Take a listen and see if you have a favorite...
- "Kiss" by Prince and Tony De Sare
- "If I Had a Boat" by Lyle Lovett and Eddie From Ohio
- "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper and Eva Cassidy
- "Northern Sky" by Nick Drake and Bill Evans and Megan Lynch
- "Hey Ya" by Outkast and Ted from Scrubs