Devildriver to Release Entire Album of Country Covers
Big stuff on the way from Devildriver:
First, the band recently released footage from their 2016 Wacken Open Air festival performance. Check it out below:
Second, it was announced that Devildriver is currently working on an album of outlaw country covers, which will be released later this year, in 2017. Comments Devildriver singer Dez Fafara: “[The album will include] "insanely heavy, swinging badass outlaw tracks by some of the best outlaw country artists.”
The band is reportedly covering tunes by the likes of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Steve Earle.
Adds Fafara,” "So just to be fucking clear, it's never been done; we are the first! We have been working on this for a year! Get ready — you've never heard anything like this!"
In a recent interview with Guitar World, Devildriver guitarist Neal Tiemann discussed the band’s approach on the album: “"I think the point is to keep the memorable melodies and lyrics intact while providing and alternate and heavier music bed. It's easy to get carried away in one of our own riffs, so we've been sure to keep refocusing on the essence of the original material."
Tiemann further states that "While the theme is centered in outlaw country,” the band is reportedly adding “some numbers that against the grain, rather than fit inside those genre barriers."