Chicago favourites Whitneyhave been performing covers since their formation, and today they have shared a couple of studio-recorded tributes. They’ve covered SWV’s 90s R&B jam “Rain”, as well as John Denver’s beloved “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, for which they called in Katie Crutchfield aka Waxahatchee to help out.
About the John Denver cover, Max Kakacek says:
“We knew that Katie was destined to sing this with us. We both heard her live and she has this classic country vibe. Once we heard her voice on it, it was pretty much magical. Her contribution is perfect.”
While Julien Ehrlich introduces the cover of “Rain” by saying:
“My relationship with SWV goes back to my UMO days, when I was 19 in the van and listening to ‘Right Here’. I’ve been obsessed with them since I was a teenager. The song interpolates Jaco Pastorious’ ‘Portrait of Tracy’, which is one of my favorite basslines ever.”
Listen to both covers below.
Whitney will also be performing a live streamed event next Thursday, June 4, at 5 PST / 8 EST via NoonChorus – with proceeds to benefit the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA – NIVASSOC.org). Tickets available here.