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Me doing an acoustic cover of the song “Your Winter” by Sister Hazel.
** EDITOR’S NOTE: **
We’re pleased to extend a warm welcome to this week’s featured guest performer, Michael Brading! You may know Sister Hazel better for their second album …Somewhere More Familiar (1997), which yielded the hit single “All For You.” Today, Michael’s video highlights a deep track from their 2000 follow-up record Fortress. This album was their second and last on Universal Records, and signaled the end of their mainstream success. I know you’ll enjoy this excellent cover song version by Michael, whose excellent voice fits the song perfectly and, fittingly, takes center stage on this performance. Hurry back in two weeks for our next Guest Session, and don’t forget to submit your own for consideration (see the weekly calendar above).
This is an acoustic cover of the song “Hey Love” by Better Than Ezra.
** EDITOR’S NOTE: **
It’s been nearly a year and a half now since Jeff posted our first — and only — Better Than Ezra acoustic cover, so I jumped at the chance to feature this version of “Hey Love,” a track from 2009’s Paper Empire. I was actually shocked to see that this song came from such a recent album, as this latest Better Than Ezra effort slipped past me entirely. And I’ve made it my business to be in “the know” on new music releases since January of 2008, so that’s saying something.
It is on this note that I am happy to welcome Michael Brading back to the Laptop Sessions blog for his second highlighted appearance. As you’ll see and hear, he has done an outstanding job here translating “Hey Love” to an entirely acoustic solo performance. He has “cheated” the LS formula a little with the subtly double-tracked lead vocal, but I have to admit that it’s to great effect.
Even as I write this, I’m still humming the song to myself, which is a sure sign that Michael not only picked out a great track, but also performed it well!
Here’s to a strong return to the blog for Michael, and to a relaxing Friday evening for us all. Stay tuned this weekend for more all-new material from the Laptop Sessions blog…