We announced our upcoming compilation album While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records (out November 18th) two weeks ago via Rolling Stone Country/Rolling Stone along with a stream of the first song, Blitzen Trapper's cover of Ryan Adams's classic "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)." Today, right here on our blog or on Foo Fighters' Facebook page, you can hear track two: Foo Fighters guitar-slinger Chris Shiflett's version of Justin Townes Earle's "Look the Other Way," originally from the 2012 Bloodshot album Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now.
“I think I first heard "Look The Other Way" when I saw Justin Townes Earle perform it on The Marty Stuart Show a few years back," says Shiflett. "I instantly fell in love with the tune, so it was the obvious choice for me."
Shiflett and his band, The Dead Peasants, paid worthy tribute to the song while exploring some new sonic territories. The instrumentation gives both The Dead Peasants and the song itself a fresh take. Shiflett explains, "Of course, we wanted to twist it around a little bit and make it our own, and hopefully we pulled that off. It's the first time we've ever recorded a song with fiddle, dobro, and banjo, so it's a little different sound for our band. With all that instrumentation, I didn't even have to play much guitar.”
The upcoming tribute album, which will be available on limited edition double CD or triple vinyl LP, also features covers of Bloodshot Records songs by 37 other artists, including Andrew Bird, Superchunk, Shakey Graves, Chuck Ragan, Into It. Over It., Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Ben Kweller, Diarrhea Planet, and more. The album is now available for digital pre-order on iTunes.
Shiflett and his fellow Foo Fighters will release their new album Sonic Highways on November 10th, a week ahead of the Bloodshot compilation.
Listen to Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants' take on "Look the Other Way" below. Pre-order the album on CD or vinyl LP here.