Listen Whitney share John Denver and SWV cover versions

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The Chicago-based band unveil their versions of ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ and ‘Rain’.

Returning with their first new material since last year’s second album ‘Forever Turned Around’, Whitney have unveiled two new covers of songs that have been formative and lasting to the entire band.

Revealing a cover of John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, which also features vocal duties from Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, guitarist Max Kakacek says, We knew that Katie was destined to sing this with us. We both heard her live and she has this classic country vibe. Once we heard her voice on it, it was pretty much magical. Her contribution is perfect.”

Not content with just giving us one reworking, their also sharing a cover of SWV’s ‘Rain’. “My relationship with SWV goes back to my UMO days, when I was 19 in the van and listening to ‘Right Here’,” drummer and vocalist Julien Ehrlich explains. “I’ve been obsessed with them since I was a teenager. The song interpolates Jaco Pastorious’ ‘Portrait of Tracy’, which is one of my favorite basslines ever.”

Listen to the covers below, and revisit our chat with Whitney about album two here.


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