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Nathaniel Rateliff covers Leonard Cohen’s ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’

Nathaniel Rateliff has shared a new cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat.”

The track comes from Larry Klein’s Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, out October 14th via Blue Note Records/Universal Music Canada. Rateliff joins big name acts on the tracklist like Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop, Gregory Porter, Sarah McLachlan, James Taylor, Mavis Staples, and David Gray. His rendition of “Famous Blue Raincoat” is a perfect preview of the record.

“Leonard Cohen has been a massive influence on me since I was very young,” Rateliff explains. “When I was asked to be a part of this project, I sent a huge list of songs that I wanted to do, honestly it was hard to pick. So many songs of his are my favourite songs of all time. ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ was one of my early Cohen favs. It was truly a pleasure to work with such great musicians on this arrangement and to have Larry Klein at the helm was just a treat.”

Listen to Rateliff’s cover of “Famous Blue Raincoat” below.

“Leonard Cohen had been a friend since 1982 or so, and in the last 15 years of his life, he became a close friend,” Klein says. “He was possibly the wisest and funniest friend that I had, and someone that I enjoyed, immensely, in every way. After he passed away, I found myself frequently covering his songs with other artists that I was working with. One reason, of course, is that the songs are so good, but the other reason was that it helped keep him in the air around me.”

Check out the tracklist below.

Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen Tracklist:

01 – “Steer Your Way” – Norah Jones 02 – “Here It Is” – Peter Gabriel 03 – “Suzanne” – Gregory Porter 04 – “Hallelujah” Sarah McLachlan 05 – “Avalanche” – Immanuel Wilkins 06 – “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” – Luciana Souza 07 – “Coming Back to You” – James Taylor 08 – “You Want It Darker” – Iggy Pop 09 – “If It Be Your Will” – Mavis Staples 10 – “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy” – David Gray 11 – “Famous Blue Raincoat” – Nathaniel Rateliff” 12 – “Bird on The Wire” – Bill Frisell


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