Whitey Morgan Covers The Boss Like a Boss
Covers make the world go round. They are a staple at live shows for everyone from the opener to the headliner and are a go to for instant crowd interaction, depending on the song choice. What makes a great cover though? I’d say when an artist takes a song and does it slightly new and in their own image. The best covers are songs that you hear, and if you didn’t know better, you’d believe that the artist wrote it themselves. Sometimes the cover of a song even outdoes the original.
A personal favorite of mine is the Whitey Morgan & the 78’s version of I’m On Fire by Bruce Springsteen. Whitey is no stranger to covering songs as he masterfully covers Townes Van Zandt on Waitin’ Around To Die and the legendary Waylon Jennings on Goin' Down Rocking. To be completely honest, I’m a novice when it comes to Springsteen music, so when I first heard I’m On Fire, I assumed it was just a great song by Whitey and the guys. I eventually figured out that it was a cover and checked out the original only to find (no offense Bruce…) that Whitey’s version was way better. I stand by the feeling that when Whitey performs it, it feels like it should be his. I think this is the marking of a great cover – Whitey took the song, injected his own style into it and made it believably his own material. Regardless of whether you think the original is better or not, you have to admit Whitey hit the mark here for sure.