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A Love Song in Every Genre: The Bluegrass Version

American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” It makes sense, then, that a love song written in one musical style conveys the same sentiment when performed with vastly different instruments, at a different tempo, and with a different voice.

Bluegrass, like many other music genres, has evolved—there are layers of bluegrass subgenres that only vaguely resemble what “traditional” bluegrass sounds like. What is certain is that a love song from any genre, when interpreted in any bluegrass style, results in some fairly catchy and beautiful music.


David Bowie has gone through several personas in his music career, but his song “Heroes” transcends genres and periods with its message about love. Sid Griffin and the Coal Porters covered this song on their album Find the One, as well as live on tour.

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

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Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” went to number three on the R&B charts in the early ‘70s, and NewFound Road puts a great bluegrass spin on the song, heightening its already longing, mournful sound.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away.

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It makes sense that the best bluegrass cover of a pop song is a remake of a song done by Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop.” Honeywagon’s fun take on this tale of attraction says it all.

The way you make me feel
You really turn me on
You knock me off of my feet
My lonely days are gone

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Rock & Roll

Tony Furtado and Alison Krauss recorded a cover of the Beatles’ love song “I Will,” which beautifully conveys the sweet simplicity of the song’s lyrics:

Who knows how long I’ve loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to, I will

Great American Songbook

The best bluegrass rendition of a song in the canon of most important American pop songs is Doc Watson’s take on Johnny Mathis’ “The Twelfth of Never.”

You ask how much I need you, must I explain?
I need you, oh my darling, like roses need rain.
You ask how long I’ll love you; I’ll tell you true:
Until the twelfth of never, I’ll still be loving you.
Hold me close, never let me go.
Hold me close, melt my heart like April snow

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Heavy Metal

Probably the best heavy metal love song covered by a bluegrass group is Iron Horse’s version of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.”

Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters

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Ultimate Remake for the Recently Jilted

All these love songs getting you down? There are even several bluegrass covers of Beyoncé’s “All the Single Ladies,” the ultimate song for the recently jilted. Neil Hankin’s stripped-down banjo and vocal rendition is a great one-man take, and The Cleverley’s more humorous version is a more formal, ensemble version.

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