There’s an endearing story about Faith Hill early in her career. When she was recording “Piece of My Heart”, she expressed that she had never heard the Janis Joplin original. Listening to her cover, that’s quite clear.
That story came back to me while listening to “Hello Goodbye”, a single by new Columbia artist Tyler Farr. Looking at the title, I was curious if it was a cover of the classic Beatles hit. Having heard this completely different song, I’m struck that it’s so country that Farr might not even be aware that the Beatles exist, let alone had a song with the same title.
It’s a beautiful song, and Farr cranks the hillbilly heartbreak up to eleven. I don’t know how much depth and range he has to his voice as of yet, but he can certainly do country weepers better than most of the guys on the radio dial these days.
I look forward to hearing more.
Listen: Hello Goodbye