I always feel a little bit guilty introducing a band to these pages by way of this Cover Series, when I’ve listened to their music for years. Paper Route is an outstanding trio of Nashville-based musicians and they should have their very own write-up, highlighting their original material. Get them on your radar if they aren’t already. Back in the day when Myspace Music was my preferred way of finding up and coming bands, Paper Route was one of the first diamonds in the rough I came across. I think their earliest EP was barely out then and I was hooked.
My dear friend, Peter, shared their cover of Lorde’s, “Royals”, with me today. His caption, “Next amazing cover”? And I thought, “Eh”. I commend Lorde for being super talented. She truly is. But I tend to loathe catchy pop songs. Three months ago I drove to the beach with a good friend and she played “Royals” for me for the first time. I don’t remember her exact words, but it was something along the lines of, “I know you are going to hate me for this, but I just have to play this song. I can’t get enough of it”. Needless to say, my internal jukebox played the damn song on repeat for days…. and that was enough for me. However, I’m genuinely taken by Paper Route’s cover. I hope you like it, too.
Cover songs are often a controversial topic among music lovers. I see both sides of the topic, but I myself am very PRO-cover. Inspiration is found in nature, in a kind word, in a thoughtfully penned poem, in the laughter of children. Different things inspire different people at different times, but I think music is universally the most inspirational medium. Musicians who are just starting out hone their craft by learning covers that inspire them, songs originally played by people they admire. I love that! I love the respect and reverence you can hear in a thoughtfully done cover. I especially adore it when a song is reworked and has new life breathed into it. [original source]