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YouTube Tuesday: T-Bone Burnett “River of Love”

By PaulT / December 19, 2017

A little bit of context before we get to video … I’ve been on a kick for Over the Rhine’s music as of late. And it’s definitely an eclectic mix of tunes they’ve got in this phase of their career. What I’m noticing, however, is that the songs I prefer most have a bit more country vibe to them. In their case, lots of pedal steel. Fast forward to this weekend’s purchase, Derek Webb & Sandra McCracken’s “Ampersand” EP. Similarly eclectic, but still keeping in line with what any fan of the two might expect. Well, sure enough, there’s a bit of a country vibe to the songs I’m loving. Maybe it’s just the more folksy style that Sandra adds to the mix.

But still, not your usual hard-rocking musical fare coming out of my speakers these days.

So with that in mind, why not pick out a video that adds another wrinkle to the mix. Here’s T-Bone Burnett doing a countrified version of “River of Love” … a tune his ex-wife, Leslie Phillips would record.

Having soaked up Leslie Phillips’ version for years, this has a nice alternate feel to it. Be sure to take note of Jerry Douglas on dobro here … he’s one of the best there is.

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