A couple years ago, he released a massive live album called 61 Days in Churchthat included songs and covers from tour stops all over the country. It was pretty kickass, and I find myself going back to different songs from it all the time because they’re all so good.
But today, I want to talk about his cover of “Jolene.”
No, not Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”.
This is another song called “Jolene” by singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne that was included on his 2004 album Trouble.
Eric covered it at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington (and it’s on Volume 2 of the live album) as a nod to the city he was playing in, much like he did in cities across America with different songs on the “Holdin’ My Own” tour that year.
It’s relatively similar to the original version in terms of the music and tempo, but hearing it live takes the song to a whole other level. It’s actually a pretty dark and moody track, but leave it to Eric to make me like it even more after hearing him sing it.
Plus, you can tell he’s feeding off the crowd’s energy and they’re loving every second of it, too.
Here’s a snippet of the first verse:
“Cocaine flame in my bloodstream Sold my coat when I hit Spokane Bought myself a hard pack of cigarettes In the early morning rain Lately, my hands they don’t feel like mine My eyes been stung with dust, I’m blind Held you in my arms one time Lost you just the same Jolene”
Yeah, it’s pretty sad, but you’re not going to be able to stop listening to it.