If you've been to this blog before, you know that I think Aoife O'Donovan is one of the world's great singers. Currently on hiatus from her band Crooked Still, she is on tour solo as the opening act for bluegrass wunderkinds the Punch Brothers--see the dates here. On that tour, she has been performing a brilliant cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City." In fact, last fall she played a one-off show where she covered the whole Nebraska album. From No Depression:
You recently did a month-long residency at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. I specifically wanted to ask you how you chose to cover Bruce Spingsteen's Nebraska. Can you discuss what drew to that album, it's lasting power for you, and what inspired you to take it on?
Aoife: That week was the ONE week I didn’t have my band (Jake Silver on bass, Ryan Scott on guitar, and Robin MacMillan on drums), and I wanted to do something different. I love Nebraska. All of the songs tell a different story, but there is a common theme of loneliness and desperation that is timeless. Learning all of those tunes on the guitar, and memorizing the words was a challenge, but I’m SO glad I did it. "Open All Night" was my favorite one to perform… I think it will all be on Youtube soon.
Well, it hasn't shown up on You Tube yet, but here are a couple of Aoife's Nebraska covers for your delectation.
Nebraska - Aoife and the Boys (1-6-11, Front Hall)
Atlantic City - Aoife O'Donovan (2-23-12, Somerville Theatre)
If you have a chance to see her, don't miss it.