Now there's something to be said for people throwing out cover songs and claiming credit which is often unwarranted. We live in a world of entertainment which perpetually pushes people to do 'karaoke' style songs of already famous artists in a bid to win programmes such as The X Factor or The Voice. Don't get me wrong, within this highly manufactured reality musical TV 'machine' that spouts out 'the next best thing' there is the odd gem found, such as James Arthur, who entered the competition with songs of his own and a talent to play guitar -as opposed to sing over a backing track. I expect Arthur to make waves in the industry - but hopefully through his own choice of songs and covers, not his labels's.
I digress. The reason I highlight this point of cover songs is that when an established and magnificently talented artist such as kelly Jones from the Stereophonics covers a song, you know its out of appreciation and respect to the original writer/artist.
Having personally met Kelly Jones in my (now) home town of Chiswick, I can vouch for the fact that he the most humble and down to earth 'celebrity' that i've ever had the pleasure of meeting. A man who was genuinely interested in what I had to say, was humbled by my praise for how much I adore his band and seemed somewhat touched when I told him how I feel Word gets around is the best debut album from the 90's Brit Pop era (yes, yes, even eclipsing Oasis's Definitely Maybe).
Here's Kelly singing the fantastic Tom Petty's Free Falling and boy, does he do it justice.
Kelly Jones | Free Falling (cover)