Bill Orcutt “Zip A Dee Doo Dah”
To say that Bill Orcutt releasing an album of “minstrel songs, holiday songs, hymns, marches, cowboy songs, Disney songs, work songs, delta blues” is a bit of a surprise would be a little bit of an understatement. “Zip A Dee Doo Dah” however shows that in the capable hands of Orcutt that these songs can be deconstructed into something fascinating. If you find yourself listening for an even recognizable cover, this isn’t the place to start. Orcutt’s unique approach to the acoustic guitar plucks and stabs somehow gracefully through a flurry of notes while you occasionally catch a snippet of melody which makes you think somewhere inside the cover actually exists in it’s entirety. It might be one of the best cover songs I’ve heard since Lightning Bolt took on “Frere Jacques”.
A History Of Everyone hits stores September 30th on Editions Mego.