Tune du Jour: “Acadian Driftwood” – The Band
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Blackie & The Rodeo Kings with Kathleen Edwards vs. Lisa Haley vs. The Roches
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A beautiful ballad by Dylan’s buddies and chosen band. The Band is too often overlooked for its brilliance, influence and sheer raw talent.

Allmusic:

For roughly half a decade, from 1968 through 1975,The Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, their music embraced by critics (and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the public) as seriously as the music of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Their albums were analyzed and reviewed as intensely as any records by their one-time employer and sometime mentor Bob Dylan.

Wikipedia:

Acadian Driftwood is a portrayal of the troubled history of Nova Scotia and Acadia. Specifically, it is about the expulsion of the Acadians during the French and Indian War between the French and the English over what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and most of Maine.

Allmusic critic Rob Bowman described Acadian Driftwood as “a slightly more complex and ambitious (and successful) down-north analog to The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune confirmed the relationship with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, noting that it had much of “the tone and historical sensitivity” as the earlier song. The Herald-Tribune further noted that the song deals with the theme in a way that not only highlights the plight of the Acadians but also relates it to continuing oppression in the world.

The Original

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The Band:

“Bring Out Some of the Canadians” (ie, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell) – The Last Waltz

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Blackie & The Rodeo Kings with Kathleen Edwards vs. Lisa Haley vs. The Roches

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Blackie & The Rodeo Kings with Kathleen Edwards:

Lisa Haley:

The Roches:

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

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Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.

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Comments
  1. RDubbs says:

    All heartfelt, worthy versions. I went back and forth between B & RK & KE and The Roches. In the end I had to give it to B & RK & KE. Their natty stage attire is breath-taking and impossible to ignore.

  2. Cuspid says:

    Nice song. Too long, but nice. It really needs the most if a Me First & the Gimme Gimmes 3 minute cover version. But alas, not an option. So I’m going with the Roches ’cause if ya gotta listen longer than you think you should have to, it’s best to have some pleasant, harmonious vocals. And the Roches certainly have that.

    • RDubbs says:

      I don’t know, Cuspid, I think even the Me First boys might have needed 4 minutes on this tune; a lot of history covered there! The British, sheesh. Is there anyone they didn’t trample upon in colonial times?

  3. Andy Anders says:

    Dear Covermeimpressed:

    Eeeek!!! Help!!! How do our fans VOTE?! There’s no “Vote” button!!
    Does it come up after the song plays? Or??

    We’re putting out a Fanclub newsletter TONIGHT –
    Please reply ASAP.

    Regards, Andy Anders for
    Blue Fiddle Records
    Lisa Haley & the Zydekats
    310-676-4884

  4. Barbi Jung says:

    Lisa Haley’s was the best!!!! Love her style and her voice is so different!!!!!

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