The music world has seemingly gone cover crazy in recent weeks, with Ryan Adams releasing his take on Taylor Swift's 1989, only to have Father John Misty turn around and record his version of Adams' version of Swift's "Blank Space" (whew). In addition, the Liner Notes, an all-star assemblage of Columbus talent, is gearing up to perform Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here at King Avenue 5 on Saturday, Sept. 26 (see our feature on Page 27). With that in mind, we reached out to an assortment of local musicians to see what cover song they most enjoy performing live.

The music world has seemingly gone cover crazy in recent weeks, with Ryan Adams releasing his take on Taylor Swift's 1989, only to have Father John Misty turn around and record his version of Adams' version of Swift's "Blank Space" (whew). In addition, the Liner Notes, an all-star assemblage of Columbus talent, is gearing up to perform Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here at King Avenue 5 on Saturday, Sept. 26 (see our feature on Page 27). With that in mind, we reached out to an assortment of local musicians to see what cover song they most enjoy performing live.

Zac Little, Saintseneca

The only song I've ever covered is "Passionate Kisses" by Lucinda Williams. I love how her lyrics are incisive yet have this quirky humor to ground them. What really gets me is the melody of that song. The "shouldn't I have this" bridge is crushing.

Joe Camerlengo, Van Dale

I have covered Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End" a lot of times with my solo shows and [with the now-defunct] This Is My Suitcase. The song is so brilliantly simple that it is very easy to play; the challenge lies more in doing the song the authentic justice that it deserves than remembering the chords or lyrics. In my opinion, it's the purest love song ever written.

Dominique Larue

I haven't really covered a song in years, but we did all the time in [high school]. One song that we loved to cover was the live version of Erykah Badu's "On & On." I always came in on the part where the beat flips to "Crush on You" by Lil' Kim.

Nikki Wonder, The Bloodthirsty Virgins

The Bloodthirsty Virgins are very in love with a song called "As We Fall Apart" by former Columbus-ite, now New Yorker Don Paris Schlotman. I came across it by chance … and fell for it right away. The song is sparse and brooding with a gorgeous melody, and the lyrics are creepy and nod to the dark side of love. How can you not love that?

Matt Monta

"Loose" by Ray Wylie Hubbard … is big and anthemic and sways like the last mug of cheap beer at last call. The bittersweet poetry of it, along with the swells and changes, make it a nice late-set tune, after which I want to give everyone a hug.

Tony Haslett, G. Finesse & Black Eagle

Being a hip-hop band with a slight fusion of neo-soul, we try to not always go for the typical, 'cause that shit ain't us. We recently took "Layla" … by Eric Clapton and turned it into [something with] more of a hip-hop and soul feel. I really like the story behind the song; I think a lot of people can relate to being in love with someone or something even though it seems wrong or you know it isn't good for you. It's speaks to my soul, so I sing it.

Alexander Paquet, Field Sleeper

I really enjoy covering Wilco's "Reservations." Though the song has many hazy layers of gorgeous whistles, creaking pianos, and murky organs, the part people remember the most is Jeff Tweedy's voice. Discovering that precise amalgam of tangible authenticity and abstract sonic expression is the most thrilling part performance for me, and it's something Wilco does best.

Marlena Bowen

I used to love playing a song called "The Boys of Sweet Creek Reservoir" by Pygmylush. The song itself feels very understated, which i think suits my playing style. It's really a very morbid song lyrically-speaking, but musically it's quiet and kind of pretty. Thinking about it now, I think I'll add it to my next set.

Josh Quinn, The Dead Is Dead

Randy Newman's "Dayton, Ohio 1903" is such a perfectly written song. It feels nostalgic, and both the lyrics and music take you back in time, [even though] it doesn't necessarily sound like it's trying to feel like another era of music. The melody is really bouncy and fun to sing. It's really a classic Newman song.

Nathan Photos, Damn the Witch Siren

I think "Take on Me" by A-ha is one of the catchiest, most well-written and produced songs of our lifetime (and that vocal!!!). When we play it live the whole crowd sings along to the chorus. It's like people are born knowing and loving this piece of music.

Hafrican

I'd rather blow my brains out than ever perform something I didn't create in front of people. You should put that in there. Hahahaha.