Sunday, November 15th, 2009
"Early Morning Rain"
Richard Hawley covers Gordon Lightfoot
sheandhimfan.comThere’s many factors involved with crafting a distinctive cover version, but if you had to choose just one to work with, you can’t really go wrong with having a signature voice. Just ask Richard Hawley – the Sheffield singer-songwriter has a signature smoky croon that’s pretty much unmistakable, assuming you know that you couldn’t possibly be hearing Roy Orbison.
A quality cover also relies, of course, on the strength of the source material so Hawley couldn’t go wrong with his contribution to the Sweetheart compilation, released earlier this year by Starbucks for Valentine’s Day. He went with a tune by Gordon Lightfoot that’s practically a standard now, having also been been recorded by Elvis, Dylan and Peter Paul & Mary to name but a few. For his version, Hawley gussies up the arrangements some gives it maybe a bit more spring in its step, but largely stays faithful to the original. After all, he’s a man with a firm appreciation for the classics.
Gordon Lightfoot wraps a Canadian tour with a four-night hometown stand at Massey Hall in Toronto this week, running from the 18th to the 22nd. There’s interviews with the man at NOW and The Orillia Packet. Richard Hawley released a new record in Truelove’s Gutter earlier this Fall and is generally awesome.
MP3: Richard Hawley – “Early Morning Rain”
Video: Gordon Lightfoot – “Early Morning Rain” (live)