Can we overcome another cover album?
Bruce Springsteen is back with a new album ... of cover songs. ("Khannnnn!") We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions features songs associated with folk music icon Peter Seeger. An odd play perhaps.
The album -- due out April 25 -- has 13 tracks, including "Old Dan Tucker," "We Shall Overcome" and "Froggie Went A-Courtin." No, I'm not making that last one up. That has to rank right up there with Gene Simmons' cover of "When You Wish Upon a Star" and Mariah Carey's "Open Arms" debacle. Some songs are best left uncovered. (Itsy, Bitsy Spider? Don't tempt Bruce anymore.) Bruce, you're supposed to write the songs that other people cover. (Lest we forget the zippy cover of "Born to Run" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.)
"So much of my writing, particularly when I write acoustically, comes straight out of the folk tradition," Springsteen said in an announcement on his website. "Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a lot of all these different roots sounds..."
Springsteen won a Grammy back in February for his work on "Devils & Dust." Word has it a U.S. and world tour will follow release of "We Shall Overcome." But will his fans overcome the latest album and show up? Probably. There's nothing more loyal than a Springsteen fan.