This week, our song spotlight shines brightly on a type of song we rarely see on CT40… a cover tune. A couple of examples of country hit covers you would recognize are Garth Brooks’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s, “To Make You Feel My Love,” and Willie Nelson’s, “Always On My Mind,” originally recorded by Brenda Lee. The latter, interestingly enough, is a title very similar to the latest by The Band Perry…Glen Campbell’s classic, “Gentle On My Mind.” While many country artists may shy away from tackling something by an icon like Glen Campbell, it appears the sibling trio from Mississippi has successfully risen to the challenge.
Kimberly Perry’s voice brings an energy and “raspy” quality to the song that is instantly appealing, and the banjo work is a solid reminder that you are listening to a country song. Written by John Hartford, the lyrics are haunting and mysterious. “I dip my cup of soup back from a gurglin’, cracklin’ caldron in some train yard / My beard a roughenin’, coal pile, and a dirty hat pulled low across my face / Through cupped hands ’round the tin can / I pretend to hold you to my breast and find / That you’re waiting from the back-roads by the rivers of my memories / Ever smilin’, ever gentle on my mind.” Time will tell, of course, how high the tune will climb, but for right now… things are looking good! Haven’t heard it yet? Well, you’re just seconds away from doing so! Just locate the tune under the “Hear” category right here on our website… click on it, and enjoy!
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