While we anxiously wait for more new music, singer-songwriter Devin Dawson is putting his own spin on some of our favorite songs that he has penned for other artists. Back in July, he released his version of Blake Shelton’s “God’s County,” which fans automatically gravitated towards. And just last week, Dawson announced his new project, a video series showcasing his rendition of songs he has written for other artists. He officially released the first video in the series last week singing Mitchell Tenpenny’s “Truck I Drove In High School.”
“I thought it would be cool to record more songs I’ve written for other artists… but from my perspective,” shared Dawson in a recent press release. Filmed in his signature black and white, Dawson continues to stay true to his “Dark Horse” mentality in his reimagined rendition. The stripped-down version features the singer in a dark and moody room, sitting on a stool with his guitar. Despite the ambiance, the usually serious looking vocalist lets a few smiles slip out, as he played the song.
Dawson’s version feels personal, nostalgic, and emotive. Although we love Tenpenny’s version too, the juxtaposition of Dawson’s laid-back rendition is equally as fresh and cool. Tenpenny even shared on his Instagram that he almost didn’t want to record the song because of how much he loved Dawson’s demo. Check out our Swag Session with Mitchell Tenpenny from 2017 where he played the track for us in the middle of Times Square.
According to Dawson, “MY TAKE is a vehicle to show songs that have been really important to [him] before releasing new music; it is really inspiring to get back to the songs that I loved that maybe weren’t 100% me at the time,” adding, “recording them was freeing and fun and I hope my fans dig MY TAKE on these songs as much as I do.” It will be interesting to see how other songs on the ‘MY TAKE’ project match up against the originals!
The California native will be touring throughout Europe this October, returning to the United States in the latter half of the month as a supporting act on Kip Moore’s ‘Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour.” For tickets and more information head to devindawsonmusic.com.
“Truck I Drove In High School” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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