Country music trio the Dixie Chicks gave a country twist to one of Lana Del Rey’s most popular songs.
For today’s unlikely, but cool cover, the Dixie Chicks redid Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.” It’s like Lana Del Rey with more country and less NyQuil.
Performing at a school benefit in Mountainview, California for children with physical and speech handicaps, the Chicks covered Del Rey’s “Video Games”, infusing their at-times melancholy and twang-tinged sound to the modern classic.
Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit fundraising concert brought a tremendous lineup to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. on Saturday, with Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams, Ben Harper and of course Young among the performers. The reunited Dixie Chicks served as one of the top draws, and unveiled a cover of Lana Del Rey’s breakthrough single “Video Games” during their 35-minute set. The long-running Bridge School concert supports Hillsborough’s Bridge School, a program for children with speech and physical impairments. Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M and Patti Smith have all performed at Bridge School shows in previous years.
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Each year Neil Young hosts the Bridge School benefit concert in Northern California, which, according to Noisey, raises money for Young’s own nonprofit in support of funding (and finding) alternative methods of education for speech- and physically-impaired youth.
This year’s surprise came by way of country stars the Dixie Chicks, Stereogum reports, who performed a pared-down, folk-inspired cover of Lana Del Rey‘s breakout hit “Video Games” from her stunning major label debut Born to Die.
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What the Dixie Chicks manage to do with their cover of “Video Games” is transport us back to a time before fans’ screams drowned Lana out during her live performances. They also strip away what Noisey calls “Lana’s doomed starlet veneer” without compromising the track’s integrity. Quite the opposite — they deliver a cover that exhibits a generous fidelity to the original, while somehow simultaneously lending it a newfound forthrightness. It’s humble in ways that Del Rey’s beginnings were: A lovelorn anthem, and a homemade video.