I don’t know of a single person who doesn’t love Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up.”
It’s one of the most beautiful country songs I’ve heard in the last 15 years, and it has been known to make grown men cry, so fair warning there.
“Cover Me Up” is a solo write by Jason, and was the first track from his 2013 album Southeastern, which has since been certified Gold by the RIAA.
Morgan Wallen has made it extremely popular among the mainstream country audience in the last year or so, as he included it on his record-breaking Dangerous double album in 2021.
It’s an incredibly moving song about a man’s love for a partner who’s helping him recover from addiction (which Jason wrote for his wife, Amanda Shires), and it really needs no bells and whistles when it comes to the production because the lyrics are so poignant and beautiful.
Tyler Braden, a former semi-finalist on NBC’s American Song Contest, recently shared a gritty cover of Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up” (no, it’s not really Morgan Wallen’s song) for his One Song, One Take series.
This one is simple, and though this track gets covered all the time and nothing will ever top Jason’s original for me, Tyler’s version is pretty damn good:
And if you’re reading this post and have never heard the original before, that’s a crying shame, and it’s time to change that right now: