Today I stumbled across a video of Keith Urban playing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” (there’s a short, REALLY low sound quality snippet of it here) in a recent show, and that led me to search for cover songs that country artists have recorded over the years. Hope you enjoy my favorites that I found!
Song: “God Gave Me You”
Artist: Blake Shelton
Album: Red River Blue
I heard Dave Barnes’ version of this song (watch it here) on Christian radio about a year before I heard Blake’s version. Dave Barnes actually wrote the song. You could technically say that they released them close enough together that Blake’s version might not be considered a cover, but I still wanted it to be on this list. The two versions are pretty similar, but it’s such a well-written (props, Dave!) song that it allows both to truly shine. I love Miranda’s introduction in Blake’s music video!
Song: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
Artist: Dwight Yoakam
Album: The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam
Queen originally sang this song, and Dwight’s version definitely has a lot more twang contributed by both the accompaniment and his rockabilly voice. Queen’s version is a classic (see it here), but Dwight did a great job of adding his own flair to the song.
Song: “Life Is a Highway”
Artist: Rascal Flatts
Album: Cars (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Tom Cochrane originally recorded this song (see his version here). Rascal Flatts made the song a bit more driving and exciting than the original, and their pop-rock bent remake was featured in the Disney-Pixar film Cars.
Song: “To Make You Feel My Love”
Artist: Garth Brooks
Album: Hope Floats (Soundtrack)
This song was written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan. Since the original recording, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, and most recently Adele have also covered the song. You can see their versions here: Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Adele.
Song: “When You Say Nothing At All”
Artist: Alison Krauss and Union Station
Album: Alison Krauss and Union Station: Live
Until I started doing a little research for this post, I wasn’t actually aware that Alison Krauss didn’t record this song originally. I love her version, and I was happy to find that another country singer, Keith Whitley, recorded it first (see his version here—sorry for the less than great video quality!). From country original to bluegrass remake, both versions are wonderful.
Keep talkin’ twangy!