What’s the difference in a cover song and a roots remake?

  • A roots remake is when the artists add their own twist or created a new song from to the original.
  • A cover song is when the artist or band perform the original a song written by another band in an attempt to emulate them.


Some American Roots Remade are:

Ain’t Nobody’s Business was originally a 1920’s blues song that became one of the first blues standards. It was published in 1922 by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins. Our Roots Remade is by Ellusion. Released 2018

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is an R&B/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown. Our Roots Remade is by Dionne Bromfield. Released 2009

“The House of the Rising Sun” is a traditional folk song, sometimes called “Rising Sun Blues”. It tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans and had a long history of being remade. Our Roots Remade is by Ellusion. Released 2018

“Hoochie Coochie Man” (originally titled “I’m Your Hoochie Cooche Man”)[b] is a blues standard written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954. Our Roots Remade is by Eric Clapton. Released 2003.

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