This is a Re-post from 2/4/13 when we focused on Buckwheat Zydeco's cover of "On A Night Like This". When we were grading these covers we gave this one an A+ and it remains one of our favorite in the almost 250 that we have showcased on Mondays over the last few years. With his passing this weekend, we want to give him one more turn in our very minimal spotlight. Thanks for everything Buckwheat.
In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Buckwheat Zydeco playing "On A Night Like This"
Thoughts On Original:
There are songs that put you in certain places, certain times, recall certain memories. That is what can be so enchanting about tunes, for some reason every time "On A Night Like This" kicks off the criminally underrated Planet Waves, I think of a winter time scene. Either outdoors or by the raging fire, whatever, this album just screams northern winters to my ears, snow filled sidewalks, crisp night air, it's all there in listening to this track. The album was recorded in November but who knows when the songs were from, all I know is that they are great, and this is one of the best on the disk.
Thoughts On Cover Artist:
Unlike recent cover artists we have showcased here, we are very familiar with Buckwheat Zydeco. Even removing his NOLA connection we caught Buckwheat playing a fast paced riveting set in Albany back in the mid-90's during the vaunted, Alive At Five Series. A quick search shows that he played there last year too...how about that! Anyway we have always dug him and that Zydeco sound...
Thoughts On Cover:
This is pure dynamite, sped up but not too fast, placed firmly in the artists wheelhouse of his own style. The spirit is the same though as the original, upbeat, loving and jubilant. The playing on this cover is fiery goodness, adding in solo's and showboating, without deterring from the overall product. Can't do it much better...