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This week’s Take Cover Thursday  features one of my favorite musicians, Sam Bradley. Sam Bradley is an amazing singer/songwriter who has created some amazing music for his  2010 EP Zuni, as well as his 2009 self titled EP. Those who know of and have experienced Sam Bradley, know that he has performed some amazing covers. Sam’s ability to take someone else’s song and make it his own is what makes Sam a perfect fit for Take Cover Thursday.

One of my favorite covers from Sam Bradley is his rendition of “Busted” by Harlan Howard. This song has also been covered by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Patty Loveless, and many others. Even with that repertoire, Sam Bradley’s cover of the song is my favorite. The song tells a story of a man who is so down on his luck that he’s…well…busted. The song is somewhat personal to me as my sister and I have dubbed this song as “our song”.  My favorite part of the song is “I went to my brother to ask for a loan, I was busted. I hate to beg like a dog for a bone, but I’m busted. My brother said, “There ain’t a thing I can do, my wife and my kids are all down with the flu. And I was just thinkin’ of callin’ on you, I’m busted”.

The next cover song that Sam Bradley has performed is “The Difference Between Whisky and You” by Chris Stapleton. The song was also covered by Tim McGraw on his “Let Go” album. This song is a beautiful song of heart break and alcohol that goes perfectly with Sam Bradley’s voice. This song could have easily been written specifically for his vocals. Hearing Sam sing “I drink ‘cause I’m lonesome and I’m lonesome ‘cause I drink” send chills up my spine because it’s so beautiful. I would love to see Sam Bradley and Chris Stapleton work together in the future.

Another cover that Sam Bradley has done is Otis Redding’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is”. I have had the pleasure of seeing Sam Bradley perform this song several times now. Watching Sam Bradley belting out the lyrics to this song is heart breaking and uplifting all at the same time. Unless you’ve experienced this for yourself, you have no idea what I’m talking about.

The last cover that I want to discuss is Sam Bradley’s cover of “Dead Flowers”, which is originally performed by the Rolling Stones. I grew up listening to the original version and always loved it. Listening to Sam growl out the lyrics “I’ll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon and another girl can take my pain away” never fails to make me smile and sometimes has me hitting the repeat button. Sam Bradley definitely does this song justice.

Other covers that Sam Bradley has done include: “Battle of Jericho (With Marcus Foster)”, “Give My Love to Rose (With Lee Lindsey)”, “Grandma’s Hands/No Diggity”, “Just a Thought”, “Masters of War”,  “People Get Ready (with Marcus Foster and Grace Lindsey)”, and “Unchain my Heart” .

In any song that Sam Bradley performs, whether covered or original, it is his personality and beautiful voice that makes the song so special. He is definitely an artist that needs to be listened to and watched. Do yourselves a favor, and check him out.