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Listen to Timelapzzz’s updated political spin on Springsteen’s “Born In the U.S.A.”

Timelapzzz | Photo via timelapzzz.bandcamp.com

The one plus side to living during an an incredibly politically-charged time and atmosphere is the music that is born out of the chaotic social climate. Take Aaron Joseph’s hazy, electro-pop project, Timelapzzz, for instance, who just released a modern-day cover of Bruce Springsteen’s, “Born In the U.S.A.”

In the cover, the Texan-turned-Philly transplant ruminates on the loaded question: what does it mean to be an American? Though typically misunderstood of as a staple of American patriotism and a Fourth of July firework must-have tune, the original “Born in the U.S.A.” is a charged criticism of the United States’ government and the harmful effects of the Vietnam War. Continue reading →

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Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires cover “Born in The U.S.A.” for Springsteen tribute album

photo via nashvillearts.com
photo via nashvillearts.com

Riding on the heels of this weekend’s patriotic festivities, singer-songwriter favorites Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires have released their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” appearing as the title track for an upcoming song by song tribute to Springsteen’s breakout album. The style on the album, called Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute To Born In The USA hearkens back to Springsteen’s somber Nebraska, bringing a different tone to the album’s original lively spirit.

Isbell and Shires told Rolling Stone:

“Born in the U.S.A.’ is one of my favorite songs of Springsteen’s, making it one of my favorite ever…I love that the song paints a picture of struggle in the face of the American dream, and the irony in the chorus is delivered with such force that it nearly transcends irony altogether.”

Shires also cites the song as a favorite, “Because I write songs and play rock & roll shows, Springsteen is obviously a hero of mine. ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ is one of my favorites because so many people have seemingly misunderstood the lyrical content and the song’s overall tone. When you listen to the demo, the dark, minor key arrangement makes it clear that this is not strictly a song of celebration. We wanted to stay true to that version.”

Check out the track listing below, and listen to Isbell and Shires’ cover of “Born In The U.S.A.” Jason Isbell plays the Philadelphia Folk Festival on August 17th.

1. Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, “Born in the U.S.A.”
2. Apache Relay, “Cover Me”
3. Quaker City Nighthawks, “Darlington County”
4. Blitzen Trapper, “Working on the Highway”
5. Joe Pug, “Downbound Train”
6. Low, “I’m on Fire”
7. Holly Williams, “No Surrender”
8. Ryan Culwell, “Bobby Jean”
9. Trampled by Turtles, “I’m Goin’ Down”
10. Justin Townes Earle, “Glory Days”
11. Nicole Atkins, “Dancing in the Dark”
12. North Mississippi All-Stars, “My Hometown”