- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2006

Bruce Springsteen just released the first cover album of his career — a collection of folk songs and spirituals associated with Pete Seeger. Earlier this month, pop-rockers Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs assayed various ‘60s hits and rarities on “Under the Covers: Vol. 1.” We’re loving the outside-the-box-ness of it all, and we want more.

Young ladies and old gents — Here’s an idea whose time has come: A twentysomething pianist-chanteuse, say Nellie McKay or Norah Jones, plays classics from Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael. We can already hear it over the PA in Starbucks.

The Stones do the blues — Yes, yes, their entire catalog is a tribute to American, particularly Chicago, blues and R&B.; But they’ve never done an all-blues album, and fans have long clamored for one. Time’s a-wastin’.

Jack White does Detroit punk — The White Stripe/Raconteur has covered the assorted likes of Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton and Son House. He has worked with country matriarch Loretta Lynn. All great stuff, in addition to his own incandescent originals. But just imagine the son of Detroit taking on homegrown heroes like the Stooges and MC5.

Daughters of a preacherman — Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne need to throw a pajama party in a Memphis studio one night and record a tribute to the late Dusty Springfield’s classic country soul album, “Dusty in Memphis.”

Legend has it — Neo-soul singer John Legend is often compared to late Motown great Marvin Gaye. But they’re perhaps too obvious a match. More interesting would be Mr. Legend crooning Nat King Cole.

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