Local musicians & bands who do cover songs shouldn’t get so much criticism and disrespect…

When it comes to local music, there has always been this “Covers vs. Originals” debate and I’m tired of it really. Musicians that do cover songs get so much criticism and disrespect. The argument is that you’re not a real musician if all you’re doing is cover songs. Also, many musicians believe that original bands should get more recognition than the cover bands. People in the music scene are pretty much fed up with the cover band scene and I could never understand why.

To me, I see no problem with musicians doing cover songs and I love performing cover songs as some of you know. I think it’s important for musicians to do both originals & cover songs and I’ve always done both. I think it’s important to play songs that people know well and love. I’m trying to do just that. Lately, I’ve been learning more cover songs than ever before. I’ve been trying to build my repertoire of cover songs. Trying to memorize the lyrics of well-known hits and all that stuff. I want to learn cover songs from the 50’s and on up.

I think it’s great that musicians wanna play cover songs and there’s nothing wrong with it at all. I find it unfair that cover song musicians get knocked for it. I understand that original bands wanna get more recognition but don’t blame cover bands. It’s important to play songs that people know well and love. On top of all this, cover songs will help improve your talent. Performing cover songs certainly did helped me. There’s a lot of cover songs that I didn’t think I would be able to pull off but I seem to do it well.

It seems that my cover songs get more positive feedback than my originals and that’s why I wanna keep doing cover songs ’cause people has been liking them. I would like to go back out there performing live again like perform open mics and things like that.

I’ve always thought about starting a cover band of my own, not sure. I just love playing cover songs.

I just wanna perform all the songs that I love. Songs that inspired me over the years. I love cover songs and wanna do more of them. Those that makes this claim that cover song artists have no talent is pretty ludicrous. In my opinion, if all you do is nothing but original songs then it shows that you can’t play covers at all.

I wanna perform more classic rock songs that I love. I wanna perform songs by Zeppelin, The Who, Creedence, The Beatles, Bowie, Tom Petty, etc. I also wanna do more 80’s stuff and wanna learn more stuff from the 90’s too. Doing cover songs is good for ya. You all know that I’ve always liked to do cover songs and I don’t regret it at all. Anyone that says that original bands should get more spotlight than cover bands is pretty dumb.

Keep in mind that most of your favorite bands all started off as cover bands so you better watch what you say… Led Zep, Sabbath, Metallica, etc. They all started off as cover bands. Gotta start somewhere, right?

Cover songs are fun. I love doing them. I’ll always write originals too, though.

Kev

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