Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Covers Are New But The School Is Old

Posting has been and likely will continue to be light, so in lieu of actual content I have something a bit cheerier - interesting covers of popular tunes, like Trainor's "All About That Bass" (Postmodern Jukebox European Tour version), Smith's "I'm Not The Only One" (Vintage New Orleans style), Maroon 5's "Maps" (Vintage 1970's Soul version), Blackstreet's "No Diggity" (Vintage Jessica Rabbit style), Guns'n'Roses' "Sweet Child Of Mine" (New Orleans style), Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" (dobro, upright, snare & heels version), Bel Biv Devoe's "Poison" (Vintage Old Jack Swing version), Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (Vintage Bluegrass Barn Dance style), Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" (Orchestral Funk version), Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" (Vintage 1920's Al Capone style), and Franklin's "Baby I Love You" (jeans and dobro version).

If you've never heard of Miche Braden, Morgan James, Shoshana Bean, Ariana Savalas, Hailey Reinhart, Robyn Adele Anderson or Casey Abrams, then below the fold I'll help you correct that distressing oversight.

If the 4 handed bass solo don't get ya, the dresses will. Plus all three ladies have some impressive lungs. Oh, that'd be Casey Abrams, Hailey Reinhart, Morgan James and Ariana Savalas, in order of their respective turns at the mic, with Casey Abrams and Adam Kubota on upright bass.

A real nice arrangement, worthy of Bourbon Street, sung and played by Casey Abrams & company. And playing bass while singing is difficult which makes this even more impressive.

Morgan James, which you may remember as the blonde with the tight dress and enormous vocals from the first video embedded here. This one is just a smooth sweet little cover that seems bigger than the original (the song, that is - form your own opinions about the dress).

Ariana Savalas. If the name seems familiar that's because she's Kojak's youngest daughter. And memorable in her own right. Dig it.

Miss Miche (pronounced Mickey). The lady can sang (past tense intentional, as by the time you grasp how solid her voice is, she's already done).

Morgan James again, covering an old fav of mine, with dobro no less! (all Southerners are susceptible to dobromantic moods). Makes ya kinda wanna reach for the Maker's Mark to have a taste whilst enjoying the tune, don't it?

An impressively swank-esque cover featuring Shoshana Bean and some real nice harmony.

Robyn Adele Anderson delivers a solid and fun performance. Gives one the urge to yell "Weel Done, cutty shorts!"

Morgan James yet again, this time with harp!

Speaking of swank (cause we were, ya know), I'd like the way Ms. Anderson belts this one out even if she didn't mention having a 10 (mm) in her hand.

 Ms. James yet a damn gain, this time with a simple arrangement, accompanied by dobro doing one of Miss "Retha's signature tunes. Now, where did I put that Maker's Mark...?

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