It’s hard to do a good John Denver cover

That’s what the new Denver tribute album tells me. With every single song, I wish i was listening to the original instead. The same goes for most of Cover Lay Down’s round-up of Denver covers. The only one that floats my boat is Chantal Kreviazuk’s Leaving On A Jet Plane. After its too-cute opening, the song develops an unexpected real bounce. My favorite recent Denver cover is Mike Doughty’s Country Roads. It comes in the traditional style, but it’s lively and isn’t afraid to get loose and loud, a rare cover pair.

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