Love Canon takes all of your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s and delivers them in a style that could only come from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The virtuosic five-some has become a favorite among festivals and venues all over the country playing, bluegrass-tinged renditions of classics such as “Touch of Grey,” “Danger Zone,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “She Blinded Me With Science,” and many, many more!
Love Canon brings their acoustic-roots sensibilities to the electronic-tinged pop hits of the 80s and 90s to create Cover Story, their 4th album. With Cover Story, Love Canon delivers a fresh set of classics, crossing genres to recount music of decades past from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, Depeche Mode, and Paul Simon. The self-produced album hosts a plethora of special guests, including Jerry Douglas, Aoife O'Donovan, Keller Williams, Michael Cleveland, and Eric Krasno, among others.
The band's diehard fans are music lovers first and are drawn to the charismatic and wide-ranging vocal stylings of lead singer and guitarist Jesse Harper matched with banjo master Adam Larrabee, mandolin pickin' by Andy Thacker, Darrell Muller holding down the low-end on standup bass, and the slick sounds of resonator guitar king Jay Starling on the Beard MA-6. It's acoustic rock! Acclaimed fiddler Alex Hargreaves [Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz] does all of the fiddling on this record with the exception of two tracks, and he occasionally joins the band on tour.
As seasoned string players who have been touring the mid-Atlantic since 2010, Love Canon stays true to the approach, arrangements, and keen artistry of these nostalgic hits. Cover Story was engineered by Rob Evans at Dave Matthews Band's Haunted Hollow Studio in LOVE CANON's hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia and mixed by Wayne Pooley, Bruce Hornsby's Engineer/Producer. Cover Story is a follow up to the band's previous efforts, Greatest Hits Volumes 1-3.
The songs in Cover Story become a vehicle for the band to demonstrate their prowess in translating the original pop production compositions into the modern-day acoustic music framework to achieve a new and different, but satisfyingly similar, sonic effect. A great example of using bluegrass instrumentation to imitate the ambient electronic processed sounds is the very epic, cinematic version of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence," complete with a soaring string arrangement at the end.
With this adventurous chapter in their Cover Story, Love Canon proves they don't just know music history but have a vision for where music can go.