I was screwing around.....er.....doing some research....on You Tube the other day, with the ultimate goal of finding a Mavis And Marvin Smiley And The Manhattan Valley Boys video. If you're not familiar with them, they're the alter egos of the bluegrass/gospel duo of Robin and Linda Williams, and make apparences doing parodys every so often on the Prarie Home Companian and sound like this.....
Amazing how "You'll Never Walk Alone" sounds a lot like "Rocky Top", isn't it? Appears that there's a closet musical industry making "bluegrass" covers of pop songs, that includes a series of albums called "Pickin' On....", each CD pickin' on an artist. I wouldn't call it traditional "bluegrass", maybe old tyme country, but this knockoff of3 Doors Down is pretty good.
I've featured The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britiain's adptations of popular songs before......
.....and in the same way I'm consistantly amazed at how "rock" can be altered to fit other popular (and, for that matter, unpopular) musical forms. The UOoGB took on Nirvana at one point. So did the Wheatstone Brige. This teen aparently has a straw hat.
Like anything else, there are some pretty bad covers. If you decide to poke around the genre, stay away from the Pink Floyd and Rolling Stone covers, most candidates for the Lame List. On the other hand, when Journey gets a new haircut, it works out well.
Keep smilin', and have a great weekend.