Black Label Society have built their name on hard-edged heavy metal, but there’s more to Zakk Wylde and crew than searing riffs and beefy guitars. The rockers show a softer side on this cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” tapping into the singer’s emotional honesty with swooning violins, meandering guitars and Wylde’s bleeding, tortured vocals.
The song was a long time coming for Wylde. “‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ is such a beautiful, heartfelt song. I’ve always loved it and wanted to cover it,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It felt so right in the context of [our live album].”
Black Label Society’s cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” will be on their upcoming live double album, Unblackened, out September 24th. Preorders are available on iTunes.