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Spyderhuff Powerfully Transform the Classic Tune ‘Wichita Lineman’

Once again I am grateful to fellow writer Gabriel for introducing me to the swampy and psychedelic blues-rock sounds of Detroit-based act Spyderhuff. He has covered them extensively in the past, and today I am honoured to share with you ‘Wichita Lineman’, the band’s reimagined version of Glen Campbell’s classic tune. Written for the singer/songwriter by Jimmy Webb, it’s a track that Bob Dylan labelled as “the greatest song ever written”. So, no pressure whatsoever in trying to cover it then…

Staying true to the loneliness and open space of the song that originally captured audiences, Spyderhuff infuses its gritty and bluesy touch into proceedings. It’s a powerful transformation and a deeply moving homage that undoubtedly stands out on its own merits. Hauntingly beautiful and evocative, it redefines the emotional depth of the original in the best possible way.

“It’s always a real challenge to take on a classic such as this,” admits the band. And I’ve previously spoken of the inherent risk of pulling off a successful cover. But Spyderhuff has knocked this one out of the park. Seizing the challenge with the greatest of skill, they have created a cover that is both innovative and respectful. Just superb!

Serious tune alert! Enjoy ‘Wichita Lineman’ on Spotify now:


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