When Zac Brown Band released Jekyll + Hyde earlier this year, one standout cover dotted the album’s tracklist: a reverent version of Jason Isbell’s “Dress Blues.” Months later, another mainstream artist is taking his own stab at Isbell’s music, with country newcomer Josh Dorr recording a live performance of the Southeastern track “Cover Me Up.”
Unplugged and seated, Dorr performs “Cover Me Up” in an arrangement that largely mirrors Isbell’s original recording. There are no added instruments or vocal runs. Instead, Dorr lets the song itself do the talking, a sign that Isbell — whose Something More Than Free topped the country charts earlier this year, one of only several independent albums to do so — has begun to wield significant influence not only over the genre’s left-of-center songwriters, but over the mainstream wing, too.
Approaching the end of another banner year, Jason Isbell — who spent 2015 recording Something More Than Free, touring the globe and earning a well-deserved (and long overdue) Grammy nomination — will kick off the new year overseas, where an international tour will take the 400 Unit across Europe.
The Wyoming native Dorr, meanwhile, recently released the new single “Rocket.”