This is really about Zoe’s next album.
The song selection is mostly finished and the window for adding anything is nearly closed. Anything with serious arrangement needs (i.e., multiple studio musicians) is probably right out. It’s possible to get a Zoe + an instrument song in…but mostly only technically possible. There’s theoretically enough time left, but each day makes it much less likely.
I’m lobbying for a song or two (still!). But my efforts were swamped by Zoe’s radio promoter who was looking for a cover or trad that would ease the way for some radio play. Vincent Black Lightening worked really well on Bonfiles:
And something like that was what was requested.
Zoe does a very nice banjo accompanied cover of Blackbird. You know Blackbird, right? RIGHT?!
Normally when she performs it, there’s a story woven in about taking the last train to Manchester (from Liverpool). It’s a wonderful story that inflects the song in a complete different direction. Alas, the unstoried version is what makes sense for radio purposes, so that’s what’ll go on the album. However! She also recorded the storied version, so I hope it will make its way out there.
There are lots of covers out there! By far the most striking I’ve heard is Bobby McFerrin’s:
Brad Mehldau’s instrumental version is worth a listen to: