This may spawn a week of quasi-hip-hop cover posts; I’m not too sure yet. But ever since I heard this cover by Obadiah Parker of Outkast’s “Hey Ya” last month, it’s been playing on a pretty much non-stop repeat.
The cover has become something of a Youtube phenomenon, with lead singer Matt Weddle’s free voice opening the song up to interpretations that may have been overshadowed by Andre 3000’s bombastic performance. It was through this song that I stumbled upon their myspace page; most of the tunes on their page are live recordings, but the soul they play with is clearly audible. With hints of DMB, Counting Crows and even Bill Withers, it’s clear to me that Obadiah Parker are a band that are sure to hit things big soon.
Listen. Love. Support.
Listen: Obadiah Parker – Hey Ya (cover)