Musicians capable of creating their own content don’t need to do covers.
Take the Americana-focused Davey O. The Buffalo-based singer/songwriter boasts a nationally renowned roots reputation (see 2014’s “No Passengers”), seemingly endless miles of touring, and his recently released “A Bright Horizon Line.” But at the tail end of the latter’s succession of cathartic folk originals is an unexpected foray into tribute, with Davey delivering his sublime, mandolin-aided take on Crowded House’s 1986 slow-dance classic, “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”
The track isn’t essential to the album’s overall composition, but it’s certainly a surprising highlight. That’s how covers work, and with Davey—who will join fellow Buffalonian Sara Elizabeth to open for New York folk duo The Lords of Liechtenstein at 8 p.m. April 23 within the 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) — they’re part of the performance package. Paying homage to past hits allows artists to showcase their vocal and instrumental talents before easing unfamiliar crowds into their own material.
Davey has his Crowded House. The Lords of Liechtenstein have a minimalist version of The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights,” and Elizabeth has been known to take on Janis Joplin’s version of “Me and Bobby McGee.” But thankfully, amid these forays into familiarity are talented musicians with plenty to say—and original tunes to play.
Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased via ticketweb.com or the Babeville box office.