People Are Strange video from The Dead South

Last month we shared news about The Dead South and their plans to release a pair of cover projects next year, built around their idiosyncratic and practically goth bluegrass style.

The two EPS are set for release in March under the titles Easy Listening For Jerks, Part 1 & 2. The first, which we discussed in October, includes six classics from the early days of bluegrass. Part 2, announced today, consists of another half dozen covers of rock and pop hits, offered with dual parts seriousness and levity.

A debut single and video from Part 2 is also available today, a Dead South reading of People Are Strange, a big song for The Doors in 1967. Led by front man and vocalist Jim Morrison, The Doors mixed a rock sensibility with a touch of danger, built around Morrison’s striking good looks and bad boy charm.

The Dead South puts the banjo, mandolin, and cello to the song, which you can sample here in a decidedly strange music video.

Other songs on Part 2 include

  • Yahoos and Triangles (Intro)
  • People Are Strange
  • Chop Suey
  • We Used To Vacation
  • Help Me Scrape The Mucus Off My Brain
  • Saturday Night
  • 96 Quite Bitter Beings

People Are Strange is available now as a digital single from popular download and streaming sites online. Pre-orders and saves are also enabled online for Easy Listening For Jerks, Part 2.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.