Coverville – Birds of a Feather

Coverville!, the long-running awarding-winning podcast and radio program today presents its “Episode 883: On a dark desert highway, indie hodgepodge in my hair“.

Coverville’s Host and Producer Brian Ibbott kindly includes “the amazing, amazing, voice of Allison Crowe” – performing Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire“, in this collection that also features covers of Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Badfinger, the Allman Brothers, Sara Bareilles, John Prine, Rolling Stones and an instrumental of George Gershwin’s “Summertime“.

Over the years, this pioneering ‘cast has enlisted Allison’s recordings for cover stories on the Eurythmics, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Counting Crows, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and fittingly – her first-ever appearance on Coverville was in Episode 202 – when she and Peter Gabriel, Madeleine Peyroux, Laura Burhenn, The Pixies, Maxx Klaxon, kd lang, and Jennifer Warnes were heard in “The Leonard Cohen Cover Story“.

Allison Crowe – first-ever guitar performance in concert – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin, Ireland – Billie Woods foto

Episode 370, airing October 9, 2007, John Lennon’s birthday – is devoted to on-air chat with Allison Crowe, and spinning her covers of Counting Crows, Hunters and Collectors, Cyndi Lauper, and Joni Mitchell.

You can play, and download, all 883 Episodes of Coverville, and become a Citizen, online – and hear Coverville on KYCY 1550 AM in San Francisco every day at 2 pm. And, if you’re going that route, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

It’s a show you can check out any time you like – but you can never leave unhappy :)

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There’s a bird that nests inside you… – Counting Crows cover tribute

If you know Allison Crowe, you’ll know this is about love and dreams. “It’s the heart that matters more”. In tribute to Adam Duritz, Counting Crows, who set Allison on the path of being a singer-songwriter, she’s posted a cover of “Raining in Baltimore“, performed live – to a cool CC contest that is being judged by the band itself. For the pure fun and joy of it all – give a listen. Vote, if you like, and you, too, believe in magic.

(On the page linked here, Allison’s CC song is on the right hand side, at the bottom of the right column. There’s another song page – and it’s easier to find the song on this page, but, it’s not always accessible. So, whatever works!)

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Allison Crowe lands on MarsBands

The universal appeal of Allison Crowe now includes Mars – the founder of MarsBands.com – which launches its web station today with this entertaining interview. On this well-read planet it’s reigning cats and dog. ack! ack!

More exploration of MarsBands turns up this fun profile – which describes Allison Crowe as “the best thing to come out of Canada since hockey.” High praise, indeed :)

Allison Crowe - Vienna - photo by Billie Woods

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A Murder of One

Epic.

That describes Allison Crowe’s take on this Counting Crows’ song. Allison revealed to UK blog, ‘We Write Lists‘: “Along to ‘A Murder of One’, at the top of my lungs, I wailed out my cry for independence in the time of an oppressive relationship, driving and singing in an almost meditative screaming chant ‘change change change’.”

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Here’s the banter/intro track

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Raining in Baltimore

“I played my first piano/vocal song in front of anybody in the form of ‘Raining in Baltimore’,” notes Allison Crowe. By age 15, the Canadian artist was building her legend on stage in coffee-houses and clubs of Vancouver Island, Canada. She credits Adam Duritz and Counting Crows – especially “August and Everything After” – as primary inspirations. “I do what I do in large part due to this music and the honesty in its words and sounds,” she says.

Alongside a repertoire of more than 100 original songs, Allison Crowe regularly features select covers. (Crowe’s early, solo and band repertoire, includes diverse choices – Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah“, Radiohead’s “Creep” along with songs of Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco and others. People appreciate Crowe’s passionate interpretations and she still loves to cover these songs.)

For her debut full-length album, “secrets“, Crowe recorded “Raining in Baltimore“. The version here is a live recording from Allison Crowe’s “secrets” tour of 2004:

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