One of the most interesting occurrences in music, is when artists perform another’s song. A song is an incredibly special piece of a songwriter’s life, because it’s personal and filled with some of the most intimate details of one’s mind. While there are exceptions to this – such as the blatant BS that is often pedaled on mainstream radio, a song can have such an impact on both the writer and listener. So, when another artist takes that very song and performs it themselves, it’s amazing to see what happens.
Jason Eady and Jack Ingram are both undoubtedly two celebrated artists in country music. Ingram has more mainstream recognition as he had some hits like Barefoot and Crazy, but ultimately decided to head back to Texas years later. Emerging as a mentor to many up-and-coming artists, Ingram has earned the respect of his peers and has helped breed new talent with his songwriting series. He’s channeled his own path through life to mentor and guide them through the music business.
Eady has become known as the songwriter that many aspire to be. He’s one of those people that doesn’t sell out massive arenas and pretend to be someone he isn’t. He’s a master at transferring feelings, stories and melodies into a song that makes you reflect and really listen. Every time I pick up his 2017 self-titled release, I find myself falling further in love with it. He accomplishes so much with that album without the crutches of guitars and heavy drums. It all flows so perfectly, and it leaves me wondering how he is able to craft such songs.
The subject at hand, is Eady’s song, Why I Left Atlanta – a tune that was based on running away from a relationship that wasn’t working out. It’s the age-old idea of fleeing from your problems and never quite knowing how things would have turned out if you stuck around. In many ways, running is easier than finding out what could have been. Although, it’s not always the best choice to make.
The title of this piece is a trick question. I have so much respect for both artists and felt each made the song their own. I enjoy how Ingram delayed the full swing of the band longer than Eady but still kept it firmly grounded in folk. Eady has steady doses of steel guitar and the occasional drum of the kick drum making for a little brighter result. And how about Eady’s voice? One of the best out there in my mind.
Give two painters the same brush, and it’s truly amazing what they can create with a little imagination and a few different colors.
Which version do you prefer?
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