It is time again for Battle of the Bands! BUT, before we let loose the two versions of the song, I want to say a hearty Thank You to all of you for your thoughtful and encouraging comments on my last post. You guys rock!
Now, let's get down to actual some rocking.
I think I have mentioned here before that my mom and I enjoy singing karaoke. Well.... a couple of weeks ago I learned (once again) that there was an original to a cover of a song. Yeah, it happens like that a lot with me. And when I looked into it, I found out that there were quite a few covers of this song. Oh boy, the things I have learned doing Battle of the Bands!
The song this week is Wagon Wheel. Here is what Wikipedia says about this song:
"Wagon Wheel" is a song originally sketched by Bob Dylan and later completed by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show. Old Crow Medicine Show's version was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 2013. The song has also been covered by blues artist Matt Andersen and Against Me! in 2005, Jeremy McComb in 2007, Mumford & Sons in 2010, Irish singer Nathan Carter in 2012, and by Darius Rucker in 2013.
I listened to all of the version in preparation for this Battle of the Bands. I really like the band Mumford & Sons and thought that I would use their version in this battle. In the end, I decided against that. Instead, I am going with the guys who finished out the song and recorded it first, Old Crow Medicine Show, versus the guy who recorded it last, Darius Rucker. Darius was the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish before he started a solo career.
So, let's get ready to rumble!
I always wanted to say that. Maybe I should have done it in all caps for better effect....
I am going to include the actual video for the Darius Rucker version, because I think it is clever, BUT do not allow yourself to be swayed by all of those visual images. This battle is strictly about the SONG and not the video. If you think you might be swayed, close your eyes.
There should be other battles going live today. However, they may be slow to load. Farawayeyes over the The Far Away Series just moved and is dealing with some health things that slow her down. Stephen T. McCarthy posted about four days ago that his computer died and he wouldn't be posting until he got it resolved. So, his battle may come up a few days late. So, check back with these people if you click over and their battle has yet to post. It is great fun and I promise you will hear all sorts of music because our tastes are very broad.
And now is that moment when you get to vote for your favorite and tell me what you thought about BOTH versions. Seriously, please tell me *at length*
because I love it when you give me long comment. In this case, there
really is no *wrong* answer.