It's been a relatively quiet week over at collaborative themeblog Star Maker Machine, but I'm particularly proud of two coverheavy sets I put up earlier this week: a trio of Springsteen carsong covers from Ani DiFranco, Patty Griffin, and Townes Van Zandt, and a short set of tiny Woody Guthrie sillysong Riding in my Car, with covers by Springsteen and Cover Lay Down kidsong fave Elizabeth Mitchell.
Some good guest posts over there this week, too, from a few of my favorite new americana and alt-bloggers; I'm especially glad to see newcomers Payton (of This Mornin' I Am Born Again) and Nelson (of A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz) aboard as regular contributors. Worth checking it all out.
But first, the coverfolk: When I first started sifting through the playlists to see what came up for a car theme, the field was rich; heck, we could probably have done a whole week on Cadillacs, if the current postset is any indication. But passing over all those trainsongs, bus and truckstories, and cycledreams was a good exercise, too: plenty of good music running through the brain at skim speed, plenty of future theme ideas. I've already posted versions of Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning by The Mammals (here) and Del McCoury (here); here's three more live but well-recorded covers of my favorite motorcycle song.