I Fucking Love That Band Ep. #8 Who Done it Best?

Matt Rector makes his first appearance on the podcast to help Dave break down three classic roots/blues songs with a focus on comparing the original versions to the various subsequent covers. First up is “Love in Vain” by Robert Johnson vs. the Rolling Stones rendition. Next is Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground” vs. Ry Cooder’s adaptation for the Paris, Texas soundtrack. Last, but certainly not least is Mississippi John Hurt’s “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor” vs. a handful of cover versions. This is easily the wildest one, from Doc Watson to Jelly Roll Morton and a few in between. Feel free to follow along with the YouTube playlist to make your own analysis.

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5 thoughts on “I Fucking Love That Band Ep. #8 Who Done it Best?

  1. Nice podcast fellas. But how are you gonna hate on Josh Ritter for playing the sensitive card? You gotta do what works for you, don’t ya?

    1. Haha. Yeah, I kind of lambasted him on this one. I don’t usually do that, but his approach seemed so contrived and full of unimaginative lyrical additions. It really rubbed me the wrong way. Sorry to all the Josh Ritter fans out there. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but he butchered that song.

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