Hear Grateful Dead Covers From Sharon Van Etten, Perfume Genius, Jim James, More
The National’s massive triple-disc Grateful Dead tribute album Day Of The Dead is coming out in a few weeks, and we’ve already heard a whole pile of songs from it. Today, the people behind the album have shared five more tracks, and there are more heavyweights on them. For our purposes, the biggest of these is probably the version of “To Lay Me Down,” done as a funereal duet from Perfume Genius and Sharon Van Etten. But we also get to hear My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James doing “Candyman,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra covering “Shakedown Street,” Bonnie “Prince” Billy singing “Rubin & Cherise,” and old-school soul howler Charles Bradley teaming up with soul/funk revivalists the Menahan Street Band for “Cumberland Blues.” Listen to all five of those covers below.
Day Of The Dead is out 5/20 on 4AD.