Month of List: Top 2 covers of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” done this decade

2 Dec

I love this song, hell I named my El Camino “Jolene”, and these two covers are both pretty excellent.

2. Mindy Smith- Jolene

This cover is so approved by Dolly Parton she showed up in the video, and honestly it’s less a country take, and more a pop re-working. Serviceable, but not too intriguing.

1. The White Stripes- Jolene

There was debate over whether or not we should just do a list of White Stripes covers, but in the end we decided to divide it up in other list, because honestly 31 different list is going to be a fight. Anyway, this may actually be the definitive take on this track, as Jack White takes the lyrics to a desperate level, and the arraignment to a blend of schizophrenic blues mixed with rock posturing that never manages to grate on you.

2 Responses to “Month of List: Top 2 covers of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” done this decade”

  1. Jon McKnight December 2, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    I have a red guitar that I occasionally play live named “Jolene”.

  2. Art Ebie December 7, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    I heard local yokels Audrey Lapraik (myspace.com/audreylapraik) and George Neal (myspace.com/theslowburners) do uh nice lil’ rendition of this tune back in the earlier Oughts.

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