In a conversation with The Deep Dark Woods last year (after many tall cans of beer) I mistakenly referred to their hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as “Saskatchatoon.” It may be the only time Ive seen the band without smiles on their faces. But, like any good drinkers, they have much respect for the drunken slur and we moved on and talked about more important things, like ice fishing and vintage professional wrestling.
The Deep Dark Woods have become one of my favorite bands over the past few years and HearYa readers and friends have benefited greatly from their good graces. Our first session with them remains one of our most popular and the band has played both of our South By Southwest parties in Austin.
They have a new album coming out this year, but arent quite ready to show off the new stuff. Instead, I suggested that we record a session consisting of cover songs. Ive gained even more respect for them after hearing the finished product. These covers arent your typical fare and they showcase the depth of the bands influences. The Deep Dark Woods are true students of the game who dig back into the annals of folk history for inspiration.
Youll see in my previous post that I mistakenly credited The Grateful Dead for “Peggy O” when its a traditional folk tune. At least I didnt call it a Simon and Garfunkel song (they also covered it). Youll also find another traditional song called “Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor” which has been covered by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Woody Guthrie, Gillian Welch, and Lucinda Williams.
“Falling Down Blues” is a Furry Lewis tune that Ramblin Jack Elliott covered. That is, unless Furry is credited for a traditional folk tune , someone correct me here if Im wrong. “Factory.” I know Bruce Springsteen wrote that song and its on Darkness On The Edge Of Town. I also know that Elizabeth Cottens tune is “Oh Babe It Aint No Lie.
Lets just enjoy the recordings for chrissakes. Shirk and the band have outdone themselves (again) with the sound and video quality.
Video: The Deep Dark Woods – Factory (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
Video: The Deep Dark Woods – Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie (Elizabeth Cotten Cover)
Video: The Deep Dark Woods – Peggy O