“Gentle On My Mind
The Band Perry
Written by John Hartford
The Band Perry’s Grammy-winning cover of Glen Campbell’s classic “Gentle On My Mind” (the trio’s contribution to the soundtrack of the recent I’ll Be Me documentary on Campbell) is an absolute delight. It feels fresh and energetic, but you don’t get the sense that they’re going to needless lengths to modernize or reinvent it.
Kimberly Perry gives a sweetly restrained performance that hits the right notes both technically and in terms of interpretation. While her connection to the Campbell version is discernible, her take doesn’t come across as a karaoke-like attempt at a re-creation. The trio brings plenty of their own style to the affair, their strong picking prowess amply displayed with prominent acoustic instrumentation.
What really makes the cover work is that everything about it feels so natural and unaffected. More than anything else, it feels like a Band Perry single – impressive for a cover of such a beloved song. How refreshing to hear a cover stay so true to the spirit of the original song, but without giving the impression that the act is trying to be anything other than what it is.