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Double LP includes album download card
The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver features an oddball team of contemporary artists with a shared love for the late Muppets/Rocky Mountains-loving singer/songwriter.
Denver was no William Shakespeare, but he could wield sentimentality as skillfully as the bard could wax poetic. Ask die-hard John Denver fans why they love the late singer's music so much and they'll likely tell you the same thing: "He makes me cry." Denver wrote unabashedly sentimental songs about love, nature and an ever-homesick life on the road; he had a rare gift for stirring something inside listeners. To many, his melodies and lyrics could come off as maudlin and conventional. But for the countless believers - and there are many - Denver was a poet, a visionary and a constant companion.
The artists assembled for this new John Denver tribute record, The Music Is You, likely fall into the latter category. The album, out April 2, showcases some of Denver's most beloved songs, as performed by a cross-genre, cross-generational and impressive mix of musicians. My Morning Jacket opens the collection with what might be Denver's most popular song, the oft-covered "Leaving on a Jet Plane." True to the original, singer Jim James dispenses a sweetly sung tearjerker, awash in heartache and loneliness. Dinosaur Jr.‘s J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten pair up for a gritty, electrified take on "Prisoners," Denver's ode to the working class, while veteran roots-rock singer Lucinda Williams performs a spare, bittersweet version of "This Old Guitar," a song of simple thanks to the instrument that gave Denver (and Williams) a life and living. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros close the album with a retooled interpretation of "Wooden Indian," Denver's broadside against the treatment of Native Americans. Other artists appearing on the record include Dave Matthews, Blind Pilot, Josh Ritter and Emmylou Harris, among many others.
Denver, who died 15 years ago when his single-engine plane crashed off the coast of California, would have turned 70 this December. He didn't live long enough to make a career resurgence, but The Music Is You shows that his songs maintain the power to reach new audiences — and, yes, make them cry.
|1. Leaving on a Jet Plane – My Morning Jacket|
|2. Take Me to Tomorrow – Dave Mathews|
|3. All of My Memories – Kathleen Edwards|
|4. Prisoners – J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten|
|5. Sunshine on My Shoulders – Train|
|6. Back Home Again – Old Crow Medicine Show|
|7. The Old Guitar – Lucinda Williams|
|8. Some Days are Diamond – Amos Lee|
|9. Rocky Mountain High – Allen Stone|
|10. Annie’s Song – Brett Dennen & Milow|
|11. Looking for Space – Evan Dando|
|12. Take Me Home, Country Roads – Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris|
|13. The Eagle and The Hawk – Blind Pilot|
|14. I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado – Mary Chapin Carpenter|
|15. Darcy Farrow – Josh Ritter & Barnstar!|
|16. Wooden Indian – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros|