Watch Seth Avett and Jim James Cover Blind Melon In Support of New Documentary
It appears that interest in '90s rockers Blind Melon continues to rise.
It was recently announced that a Kickstarter campaign was launched to help fund a documentary film project consisting of home movies taken by Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon. The videos document the rise of the young band over the course of a few years.
As part of the fundraising process, a variety of acts have stepped forward to help the cause. Jim James of My Morning Jacket recorded a lush and haunting version of "Sleepyhouse" from Blind Melon's 1992 self-titled debut, while Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers turned in a stark solo acoustic take on "St. Andrew's Fall," which originally appeared on the band's second album, Soup; that disc was released just days before Hoon's death. Watch both covers below:
"Shannon Hoon had the most beautiful and joyous voice while he was talking about the most heart-wrenching challenges and self-doubt and pain and confusion," Avett said in an interview with American Songwriter. "He made it sound so sweet. What an apt description of people in general: We’re all complicated, and we all have a way of being two ways at once.”
Hoon's style also meant a great deal to James. "He seemed like such a beautiful person, and he had probably one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard," he told Exclaim. "He always makes me cry. When he died, no one gave a s---. I loved Kurt Cobain, but I think Shannon had more talent in his pinky, but no one declared him a martyr. Strange how that works."