Our Song of the Day has already sneeked into an earlier playlist today but I felt this deserved a solitary spotlight. The song I’ve chosen is a stunning and beautiful cover by Lowpines of Rugged Road which was written by Judee Sill.
Judee emerged from the 1970’s American Laurel Canyon scene with an incredible catalogue of songs, she unfortunately then faded into relative obscurity before the decade was out. It seems her work is being picked up again by a new generation which can only be a good thing.
Lowpines on Judee Sill:
I was watching tv one night and caught a program showing re-runs of The Old Grey Whistle Test from the 70’s. I recognised everyone until Judee Sill came on. I’d never heard of her. From that I got really hooked on her album ‘Heart Food’ and this song in particular ‘Rugged Road’. So here’s my version of it – go check hers out if you don’t know it. She was awesome.
Judee also featured as a subject of a recent BBC Radio 4 program titled The Lost Genius of Judee Sill. Listen again via BBC iplayer here.
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