My parents had every John Denver album and played them all the time. We rode to the drive-in in the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser to watch John Denver in Oh, God. We laughed along with the muppets whenever he appeared on The Muppet Show, which seemed like every other week. I saw him in concert once or twice as well.
John Denver was a ubiquitous part of my childhood and its hard to believe that he has been gone for 15 years. Sure, some of his songs were sappy. Some were ridiculous. But John Denver had a quality about him that few, if any, artists have managed to capture in his absence.
The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver was released last week and the album features modern renditions of some of Denver's best songs. Some of the songs are classic tunes: "Rocky Mountain High," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Annie's Song." But some come from deep within the John Denver catalog: "Wooden Indian" and "Darcy Farrow" and "Take Me to Tomorrow."
Artists on this album include Dave Matthews, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Brett Dennon, Brandi Carlile, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket and Train (among others).
This album breathes fresh life into these songs. Take a listen to Dave Matthews singing "Take Me to Tomorrow."
On April 26, 2013, we will be streaming this entire album on Friday Night Live! We will reminisce about John Denver and even give away a FREE digital download of The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver.
Friday Night Live! can be heard on Vinyl Voyage Radio from 9-11 (central). On Friday nights, of course.