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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.