Veteran reggae outfit Toots & The Maytals first shared their recorded rendition of John Denver‘s “Take Me Home, Country Road” on their 1973 In The Dark studio LP. They’ve since revisited their interpretation of the folk tune about West Virginia during their recording session for Spotify‘s “Spotify Singles” series, which sees artists sharing notable covers to be played exclusively on the popular streaming platform.
The recording was one of two new tracks from Toots & The Maytals shared on Wednesday. A new version of the band’s 2018 single, “A Song Call Marley”, was also included on the two-track digital EP.
The band certainly takes Denver’s 1971 hit into new territory as they put quite the reggae spin on the acoustic folk classic throughout the verses and chorus. Fans will distinctly notice Frederick “Toots” Hibbert swapping “Jamaica” in for “West Virginia” during the song’s signature chorus line. The band was also joined in the recording by iconic Jamaican reggae musicians in percussionist Larry McDonald and bassist/original Maytals member Jackie Jackson.
Listen to both new recordings below.
Toots & The Maytals – Spotify Singles
The band is currently on the road as part of their 2019 summer tour, which began back on May 23rd and is scheduled to continue until early August. The tour continues on Thursday with their scheduled performance at Aura in Portland, ME. Head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.