In today’s hard-to-get-recognized music business, when a new artist is breaking onto the scene, labels often suggest a cover song be included on their debut release. This ensures that listeners already have some familiarity with the music. To maximize this tactic the song selection is crucial.
When the label approached me about doing a cover song on “The Gasoline Blues” the wheels in my head immediately began to turn. Doing another artist’s song can be dangerous territory. If you don’t live up to the original version people will tear you up. And if you don’t make the song your own, they will say you have no creativity. Making a good choice was critical. We needed to select something we could update, and personalize too, that would be the perfect song for the project.