Tuesday, February 19, 2013

All Everlys, All the time

My review of the really quite pretty collection of late-period Everly Brothers covers from Will Oldham and Dawn McCarthy went up today at Blurt...and I couldn't wait to let you know.

What the Brothers Sang
(Drag City)

What the Brothers Sang pays tribute to The Everly Brothers, who ushered close harmonies into rock and roll, recorded a prodigious string of hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s and inspired the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Simon and Garfunkel. The duo, brothers from Kentucky reared on Sacred Harp singing, largely invented what we now know as country rock. Neil Young, when introducing them at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1986, said that every band he'd ever been in had tried to duplicate the Everly Brothers harmonies and failed. Though their hits dried up in the late 1960s - and their personal lives became snarled in addiction, bad business decisions and one of rock ‘n roll's most long-lasting sibling feuds, their impact as artists has only increased. In the album, Bonnie Prince Billy and Dawn McCarthy cover some well-known songs ("So Sad", "Devoted to You") but mainly stick to less celebrated ones from the brothers' late 1960s singles and albums.


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