Sunday, June 22, 2008

Strawberry Sunday: Berry Coversongs
from Michelle Shocked, Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer & more!



The world was ripe after weeks of waiting, so we ushered in the solstice with a trip to the U-Pick farm just up the hill. One hour and seventeen pounds of sweet, deep red berries later, we staggered home bearing summer's first bounty, our fingers stained, our knees dirty, our mouths sweet with the first fruit of summer.

Since then, we've eaten more than we could count, and given away a good quart or two more. My wife cut half a flat and set it in the deep freeze, sprinkled with sugar, ready for a midsummer jam session; the kids helped make a strawberry Bavarian cream pie with a shortcake crust. The rhubarb that grows wild in the front yard is looking more and more tempting by the minute. I ate a hundred strawberries, says the younger one, and though she cannot count, she's not far off.

Around here, summer means many things: birthdays, barbecue, summer wheat beers, hot afternoon car rides to out favorite local state park swimming holes. And music festivals, of course: last week's feature on Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (July 24-27) was the first of several; stay tuned this week for a preview of fave local bluegrass fest Grey Fox.

But the wheat beers are overeager, arriving in Spring to help us train our tastebuds for June. Music happens year-round, but like birthdays, the festivals come and go throughout. And we're the kind of folks who take out the grill the moment the last snow fades from the earth.

Fresh local strawberries, on the other hand, mean summer is finally here. Ripe, juicy, and delicious. Dripping down our chins, staining our shirts. Summer itself, plucked fresh from the vine.



And since the pickings are slim for strawberry covers, here's some bonus berry/tinyfruit coversongs from the folkworld, while we're at it:



First and foremost, the purpose of Cover Lay Down is to spread the word about amazing artists, that we might support the future of folk music. As always, if you like what you hear, follow the links above to artist and label preferred webstores for samples, bios, tour schedules, and online options for purchase. Remember, folks: buying music from local and artist-direct sources supports diversity in the garden.

PS: If anyone knows of a good folk cover of Raspberry Beret, I'd love to hear it. (No, Hindu Love Gods is emphatically NOT folk music.)

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm. The Derailers do a version of "Raspberry Beret" on REVERB DELUXE. It's a hidden track at the end, done up Buck Owens style, lots of twang. But probably not quite folk.

boyhowdy said...

^ Might be close, though. I'll keep an ear open for it.

Matt said...
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Urban Gypsy said...

what a lovely and delicious idea for a post! you completely made my day :)

Ruralgurl said...

As I was picking blackberries from the brambles in my back yard, I found myself singing Gordon Lightfoot's "Blackberry Wine". Kinda fits....

Bryan said...

The other version of Raspberry Beret that I have is an instrumental from The Classic Metropolitan Orchestra.

Sara said...

I love strawberries and Ben Harper which means I loved your post!

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