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Cover Wars: Going To California Edition

This great acoustic Zeppelin tune comes off 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV. This is quite possibly the first Cover Wars selection where the original studio take does not feature any drums. Though there is a tambourine in the mix.

Cover Wars

Also, this song is supposedly about Joni Mitchell – go figure.

The Contestants:

Dread Zeppelin: Longtime readers may remember Dread Zeppelin’s winning combination of an Elvis Impersonator and a reggae band from the All Of My Love edition. Source: Hot & Spicy Beanburger


Robert Plant on the band:

READ ON for the scoop on the rest of this week’s contestants…

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Last Week’s Sauce: August 9th – 15th

Last Week’s Sauce is a recurring column featuring recordings of shows that took place the previous week. Thanks to kcmoejoe for the photo.


Artist & Title: Derek Trucks Band – Greensleeves > Afro Blue
Date & Venue: 2009-08-15 Hot August Blues Festival Cockeysville, MD
Taper & Show Download: su6oxone

Leading off this week is a smoking segment that features this traditional folk song coupled with a latin jazz standard. There is some really amazing guitar work in here, highly recommended listening. Derek plays tonight with the Allman Brothers Band in Holmdel, NJ. The Derek Trucks Band next have a gig August 23rd in Johnstown PA.


READ ON for more from the likes of John Cowan and Pearl Jam…

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John Cowan Band: Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte, NC – 9/1/07

John Cowan has some pretty big shoes to fill: his own. After all, here is a guy who has been doing everything from country to bluegrass, blues to soul and gospel to rock in roll for over thirty years and doing it well. He has a voice like no other, he has been a driving force in helping to open country and bluegrass and fusing together all kids of music into one sound and bringing them to an ever-widening audience. Cowan’s performance September 1st at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC, did not disappoint.

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