Foreverly, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones’ full album cover of Songs Our Daddy Taught Us by The Everly Brothers is as daring now as the album was during its original release. At the time of the original release in 1958, Elvis, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis ruled the rockin’ world and were moving into pop-rock, so this roots-rock album must have truly come from the heart as this wasn’t really the “cool” thing to do at the time. That heart truly came through in the grassroots music and storytelling then and Armstrong and Jones do a great job retelling those stories now.
Billy Joe and Norah didn’t change too much from the original versions. However, there were a few differences that gave the songs a little more energy. Some of the strumming patterns on guitar are a little different. The Everly Brothers also didn’t have any drums in any of their songs, but Billie Joe and Norah added drums to many of the songs. It actually makes the songs sound a lot more like Johnny Cash, which I certainly don’t have a problem with. Anyway, this album is just an easy listen and you could easily get some work done playing this album straight though. However, if I had to pick my favorites…..
Roving Gambler – Bluegrass and gambling stories, always a killer combo!
Down in the Willow Garden – I don’t want to ruin it… Such a heavy topic, it’s so encompassing.
Rockin’ Alone (In an Old Rockin’ Chair) – I really like the imagery in this song.
I’m Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail – This is my favorite song on the album. Something about that bluegrass guitar and singing about jail just works. And the violin chops are awesome!
Also make sure you check out the music video for Long Time Gone….