Futurebirds, who are back on tour after a short winter break, recently turned in a cover of Ray Charles‘ “Midnight” for the Oxford American – a legendary magazine that has been documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South since 1992. For their Georgia Music Issue, the magazine commissioned a cover of the Chet Atkins-penned tune. In turn, Futurebirds enlisted Marcus Tenney (Bon Iver, Natalie Prass, Matthew E. White) to play dirgy horns and crafted a warm and hazy version that, according to the Oxford American, “bridges the brassy r&b of Ray Charles with the twang of Red Foley and Porter Wagoner’s country western originals.” A recently posted video from the band shows them laying down the track at Montrose Recording in Richmond, Virginia, and can be seen below.
The band hits the road this week!
01/21 – Stickyz – Little Rock, AR
01/22 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
01/23 – Parish – Austin, TX
01/27 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
01/28 – Independent – San Francisco, CA
01/29 – Catalyst Club – Santa Cruz, CA
02/04 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
02/05 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
02/06 – The Bartlett – Spokane, WA
02/12 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
02/13 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO