Song: Man of Constant Sorrow
Cover Artist: Charm City Devils
Album (Year): Sins (2012)
Original Artist: Dick Burnett
I heard this cover on the radio the other day and immediately knew that I needed to post it. This is a great example of a band taking a song and making it their own. It doesn’t hurt that the band doing the covering is from back home in Baltimore, Maryland.
‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ is believed to have been originally written around 1913 by Kentucky fiddler, Dick Burnett under the original title ‘Farewell Song’. Unfortunately, it seems no recording of Mr. Burnett’s version exists anywhere. So, I’ve done the next best thing. I’ve gotten you the earliest known existing recording, and the one most likely to be like the original. That would be the 1928 recording by Emry Arthur. And if that weren’t enough I’ve decided to throw in the best known version of the song, from the 2000 soundtrack to the movie ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ recorded by Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen, and Pat Enright, otherwise known as The Soggy Bottom Boys.
Listen to all three of these, and enjoy the amazing evolution of a cover song.
Charm City Devils – Man of Constant Sorrow
Soggy Bottom Boys – Man of Constant Sorrow
Emry Arthur – Man of Constant Sorrow