Earlier this year, dozens of Austin musicians came together for All ATX: British Invasion, a compilation album celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the British Invasion hitting our shores. But more importantly, the album’s proceeds benefit HAAM, the Health Alliance For Austin Musicians. This week, we’re highlighting some more cuts from All ATX and reminding you the album would make a great holiday gift (wink wink, nudge nudge).
Even with the British accents, there were a lot of folk and country touches to many British Invasion songs. The Searchers–the second Liverpool to have an American hit after the Beatles–even named themselves after the John Ford western. Their 1964 hit “Needles And Pins” was actually a cover of Jackie DeShannon, and now Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis try the song on for size. Pedal steel, fiddle, and their harmonies bring out the country influences in the original. Of course, Bruce & Kelly aren’t strangers to covers: their annual Holiday Shindig, featuring Christmas classics, returns to the Paramount Theatre tomorrow night. Get details here, find the All ATX album here, and download “Needles And Pins” below.