Whitney & Waxahatchee Cover ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’
Whitney shared a cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” featuring Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield). The Chicago-based band made up of vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich and guitarist Max Kakacek also released a cover of SWV’s “Rain.”
The two covers are the first recordings issued by Whitney since the release of their 2019 album, Forever Turned Around. The often covered “Take Me Home, Country Roads” was released by Denver on his 1974 album Poems, Prayers & Promises and became one of his most popular songs.
“We knew that Katie was destined to sing this with us,” Kakacek stated. “We both heard her live and she has this classic country vibe. Once we heard her voice on it, it was pretty much magical. Her contribution is perfect.”
Whitney also announced a livestream event on Thursday June 4 at 8 pm. ET. The performance will stream via NoonChorus and proceeds will benefit the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). Tickets can be purchased here.
“My relationship with SWV goes back to my [Unknown Mortal Orchestra] days, when I was 19 in the van and listening to Right Here.” Ehrlich said. “I’ve been obsessed with them since I was a teenager. The song interpolates Jaco Pastorious’ ‘Portrait of Tracy,’ which is one of my favorite basslines ever.”
Stream Whitney’s cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with Waxahatchee and “Rain” below: