Renowned for her hauntingly beautiful voice and unique take on Americana, Lana Del Rey has once more paid homage to the legendary John Denver. In a surprising move, Del Rey released her cover of Denver's iconic 1971 song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" this Friday, December 1st.
The release, which came without prior announcement, highlights Del Rey's deep connection with Americana music, a theme recurrent in her body of work. In this rendition, Del Rey collaborates with producer Zachary Dawes to reimagine the classic hit.
The duo opts for a minimalist approach, replacing Denver's signature acoustic guitar with a piano. This subtle change, combined with a generous use of reverb, adds a sultry depth to Del Rey's already captivating vocal performance.
The cover maintains its simplicity until its culmination, where a choir of background singers joins Del Rey for a powerful final chorus.
Lana's Denver Tribute
This isn't the first time Lana Del Rey has intertwined her music with John Denver's influence.
A notable example is in her 2023 track "The Grants" from the album "Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd." In this song, Del Rey lyrically pays tribute to Denver, referencing his 1972 hit "Rocky Mountain High." "Take Me Home, Country Roads," a song that reached No.
2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971, is just one of the many successes of Denver, who passed away in 1997. Denver's legacy includes topping the charts with hits like "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "Annie's Song" in 1974, and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry" in 1975.
Del Rey's recent activities aren't limited to her nostalgic covers. Earlier this week, on Wednesday, November 29th, she participated in the Christmas at Graceland live NBC special, paying tribute to Elvis Presley. Joining the ranks of artists like John Legend and Alanis Morrissette, Del Rey performed "Unchained Melody" in various locations around Elvis's famed Memphis estate.
Amidst this flurry of musical tributes, Lana Del Rey continues to shine in her solo career. Her album "Ocean Blvd" is a critical success, earning five Grammy nominations for the upcoming awards, including Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album.
She is also a contender for Song of the Year with her track "A&W." Del Rey's latest cover of "Take Me Home, Country Roads" not only showcases her versatility as an artist but also reaffirms her status as a modern icon in the music industry.