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Hey Joe by Bap Kennedy

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Reviewed on 9th June 2009.


Hey Joe

By Bap Kennedy

The song 'Hey Joe' has been around for decades. Written by Billy Roberts, there have been hundreds of covers that have now made the song a rock standard. The most famous version of 'Hey Joe' is that which launched the career of Jimi Hendrix back in 1966, who took inspiration from folk singer Tim Rose's version.

Taken from his new album 'Howl On,' Bap Kennedy has managed to come up with his own adaptation. With a country sound, acoustic guitar and rolling perscussion he has breathed new life into the song. While some of the lead guitar parts are very 'Hendrix-esque' the overall feel of the song is lot more uplifting than it's well known predecessor.

It's great to hear another wonderful version of a very popular song. At times covering a classic can backfire, but in this case it's worked a treat.



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