By Maxim Mower
While in the studio honing his upcoming album, Charles Wesley Godwin took some time out to record a stirring rendition of ‘Don't Take It Too Bad’ by Townes Van Zandt.
It's always a daunting task covering a country legend such as Van Zandt, but Wesley Godwin steps up to the challenge and delivers a moving, stripped-back version of the iconic ballad.
Backed by two of his band-members, Charles Wesley Godwin sings Van Zandt's quietly optimistic lyrics as he attempts to comfort a lover (“Well, don't you take it too bad / If you're feelin' unlovin' / If you're feelin unfeelin' / If you're feelin' alone”).
In the caption of the video, the West Virginia crooner also revealed that he'd finished tracking for his third album, which is expected to be released sometime this year.
Wesley Godwin has been sharing snippets and teasers over the past few months, with the likes of ‘All Again’, ‘West of Lonesome’ and a tear-jerking ode to his daughter, ‘Dance in Rain’, all expected to feature on the upcoming project.
While we imagine his Townes Van Zandt cover will not appear on the new album, it serves as a reminder of Wesley Godwin's unique ability to elevate a song's sense of longing and wistfulness.
Fans will be excited to hear the singer-songwriter showcasing this on album No. 3, which is due to be announced in the coming months.
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