Alice in Chains is a tricky band to cover. The haunting vocal melodies of the late Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell are an integral part to each and every song, and while many bands have attempted to pay homage to this insanely influential group, few have succeeded in doing the tracks any sort of justice.
Over the years, many bands–including Shinedown, Seether, and Three Days Grace–have taken a liking to performing classic Alice tracks during live performances. But as you could imagine, the majority of these “artists” have grossly butchered the time-honored hits. Of course, it goes without saying that I’ve always been a fan of Phil Anselmo’s covers, including his intimate performance of “Nutshell” in Tel Aviv back in 2009, as well as Opeth’s cover of “Would?” on 2008’s Burden EP. However, a new cover from Ryan Adams has recently surfaced, and I must say, I am impressed.
In 2007, Adams covered “Down in a Hole” on several occasions while touring in support of Easy Tiger. He even went so far as to perform the track with The Cardinals for a filmed BBC production, and while the singer spent last year readying his heavy metal opus, Orion (I’m hoping you can sense my sarcasm here), it was uncertain if honestly, he had anything good left in him.
Lucky for us, Adams has been touting a tour-only 7” while out in support of III/IV covering “Nutshell.” Check out his mostly-acoustic rendition of the track below:
Adams has just completed a sold-out run through Europe and the UK. For more information on the artist, check out: