The Deep Dark Woods – Under The Covers, Live Session #82

by oz on January 4, 2011

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.

The Deep Dark Woods Band Intro

Exclusive: The Deep Dark Woods -Peggy O (Traditional) Videos: Vimeo | YouTube

Exclusive: The Deep Dark Woods – Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie (Elizabeth Cotten Cover) Videos: Vimeo | YouTube

Exclusive: The Deep Dark Woods – Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor (Traditional)

Exclusive: The Deep Dark Woods – Factory (Bruce Springsteen Cover) Videos: Vimeo | YouTube

Exclusive: The Deep Dark Woods – Falling Down Blues (Furry Lewis Cover)

Download The Deep Dark Woods Live Session as a zip file.

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

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

jason January 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I, for one, could care less who wrote what.. Beautiful. Thank you, Hearya!

mcglinch January 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

wonderful as always. thanks dudes!

Woody January 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Absolutely phenomenal. In addition to two tunes above, DDW also does an amazing cover of Jack-A-Roe.

casey January 11, 2011 at 9:31 am

These guys are great. Fantastic choice of songs to cover! Thanks for posting this.

The only bummer is the zip doesn’t seem to work. I get a ‘__MACOSX’ file and no mp3s. The other DDW’s download works.

shirk January 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Hmmm. I just downloaded the zip file twice using Safari and Chrome and it worked fine on my end.

casey January 14, 2011 at 5:19 am

Looks like it’s a Mac/PC thing. The zip is likely created on a Mac by ‘right-clicking’ and choosing archive. When a Mac user opens the file it works. A Windows user needs to open the archive/zip using the free software Stuffit Expander. Otherwise they get the added directory file that they can’t open (‘__MACOSX’).

The short of it is I got it to work and the music is great. Thanks to Hearya and DDW for making it available.

Pablohoney January 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I just attempted to download the new DDW live session and the above link downloaded the 2009 DDW session.

Oz January 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

We can’t do anything right. Give me a few hours.

oz January 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

The link now works!

Pablohoney February 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Thanks for fixing the link Oz.

K-10 February 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

Everyone should run on out and catch DDW when they tour through yer town!

Tim May 21, 2011 at 8:25 am

I keep getting an error message w/both of the Deep Dark Woods sessions…any chance you can fix them? If not anyone else got these that can create a mediafire link??

oz May 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

Hey Tim – We changed to a new hosting company and these files must not have been moved over. I’ll try to get them up by Monday for you.

oz May 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Okay, Tim. The first DDW session is fixed. Will let you know when this session is updated.

Tim May 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Thanks a bunch oz.

barbara September 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

great songs. i look forward to seeing you guys in Wakefield, Quebec.

Simon November 7, 2011 at 7:25 am

Massive fan of this band. Ordered their last album. Greetings from the UK!

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