Dead Rock West Cover Staples Singers Song With X's Exene Cervenka

04/06/2011
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Dead Rock West has premiered their cover of the Staples Singers' "Two Wings" featuring X's Exene Cervenka.

The track comes from their new record Bright Morning Stars, which is due out next Tues 4/12 via Red River Records. Check the new song out here

The vocal duo—comprised of Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen—recruited a number of guest performers for the new album including John Doe, Exene Cervenka and DJ Bonebrake of X and The Jayhawks' Mark Olson. The record was produced by Grammy-nominated recording artist and producer Peter Case (the Nerves, the Plimsouls).

The band conceived of Bright Morning Stars as a "California spirituals record, made by California musicians," according to Drennen. The pair cover old time spirituals by Blind Willie Johnson, classic gospel tracks by the Staple Singers and Jesus & Mary Chain's contemplative "God Help Me" along with six more heavenly-inspired tracks by great 20th century songsmiths ranging from Mississippi Fred McDowell to June Carter Cash. "This record isn't just for people with a certain religious bent—it's a calling out, a reaching out," says Drennen. Steregum recently premiered the band's take on "God Help Me":

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